Coast Trail - South
ElevationAscent: 668' 204 m
Descent: -884' -269 m
High: 570' 174 m
Low: 52' 16 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Wonderful scenery with access to a waterfall and swimming lake”— Megan W
Just after the junction with Crystal Lake trail, the descent starts with a spectacular vision of Pelican Lake perched high on a bluff. The Pacific Ocean peeks out between two hills (called Double Point) that form a "V." Hard to describe, easy to enjoy! A spur trail goes from here to the craggy overlook of Double Point, a favorite place for whale watching in March.
For many people, Alamere Falls is the highlight of this trail. To visit the unique spectacle of a waterfall crashing directly on to the beach on an incoming tide, follow the Alamere Falls trail description. Once you're finished admiring Mother Nature's work on the falls, return to the Coast Trail - South and continue north, up and over another hillside passing Ocean Lake and Wildcat Lake. Arrive at Wildcat Beach after a steep descent and spend the night at Wildcat Camp if you have a permit.
The Palomarin Trailhead parking lot typically fills up by 10 am in the summer, so get there early! Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Point Reyes National Seashore