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Alamere Falls

Bolinas, CA
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Bolinas
Type: Waterfalls
Activities: Hiking
Description: Spectacular 40-foot waterfall, considered to be one of the rare examples of ocean bluff falls in the world.
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a beautiful hike, about 9 miles round trip, from the Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls. The Coast Trail was quiet early on a Friday morning, and when we started out the fog was still pretty thick. On the return trip, the sun was out and more people were hiking in, but it wasn't as busy as other hikes... More

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Reno, Nevada, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We have visited Alamere Falls twice, both times we walked there from WIldcat Camp, which is an easy mile-long stroll down the beach. The falls are dramatic and pretty and are a great excuse to talk a walk to the beach. If you bring a towel and some dry clothes, it is awfully fun to let the falls shower on... More

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Los Angeles, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
58 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

it's not a hard hike at all. so don't be frightened by the 8 miles roundtrip hike. there's so many picture perfect moments. once you get to the waterfalls though, there is caution involved. it was pretty scary scrambling down to the beach but i made it without any scratches. going up isn't as bad as you'd think either. everything... More

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Naples, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We visited Point Reyes last year but did not have time for the hike to Alamere Falls and Wildcat Beach. This year it was first on our list for our drive up the California coast. We got there fairly early in the morning, around 8:30 or 9AM, on a Saturday. We parked at the Palomarin Trailhead to the south of... More

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Inverness, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

The crashing water over the falls, the ferns and the beach walk below. Then there were horses cantering up the beach-I felt like I was in a scripted set. Breath-taking!

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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My friend and i spent the afternoon hiking in Point Reyes National Park. We took the Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls. It was beautiful and such a nice afternoon. As an east-coaster, I am still amazed how beautiful, sunny and warm it can be in January, and this was a great way to spend a January afternoon.... More

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Petaluma, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Not only are the falls beautiful, the hike in and out is fab. Early spring, or a clear late winter day is the best....the wildflowers coming from Bolinas are amazing. The walk along the water breathtaking.

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san francisco
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122 reviews 122 reviews
36 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The hike to Alamere Falls is great and the view of the falls from the beach is very nice. Couple of things to keep in mind. #1 the trail is overgrown to the falls and there is poison oak - so plan for that. #2- not everyone will appreciate the scramble down the path to the ocean- rotten rock and... More

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Pinconning, Michigan
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249 reviews 249 reviews
66 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2010

The day started out slightly chilly in mid-December, so I dressed up in many layers. The hike to the falls is a little under 4 miles long one-way, and is moderately easy to do. There are some hills, though the are manageable. As I progressed along the hike, it got balmier and warmer. I was taking many of the layers... More

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El Dorado County, CA
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2006

My husband and I hiked to Alamere Falls and even though it took about 2 hours hiking time to get there it was well worth the wait! What makes this hike different is the ponds, lakes and scenery passed along the way. We stopped to take several pics and look around so the hike was especially long on the way... More

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