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Review of Alamere Falls

Alamere Falls
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Bolinas
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Owner description: Spectacular 40-foot waterfall, considered to be one of the rare examples of ocean bluff falls in the world.
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 you.
Lots of neat plants grow nearby and the creek that makes the fall curves away through the sand to the beach. There are kelp beds and tidepools nearby. We even met an elephant seal on our way to the falls!

6  Thank Sarah R
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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 was beautiful. we went on a pretty foggy/sunny day and the fog did not ruin our view. you should definitely check this hike out. it's worth it! and parking is really easy. if your car fits and you're not blocking anyone, you're good to go.

1  Thank F1shst1kz
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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 the falls. After about a 3.5 mile hike, there is an unmaintained trail that takes you to the top of the falls where you have to carefully climb down. It says "dangerous conditions", well, I wouldn't say it's that dangerous. It is probably not a good way to take small children. You can also continue to the north to Wildcat Beach and then walk south along the beach/coast to get to the falls instead if you aren't sure if you can handle the descent.

There are a series of upper falls that are above the large main falls at the coastal beach. You can either climb up from the bottom and see them or climb down if you come by way of the upper trail.

The total hike is approximately 5.5 miles each way if you go all the way to Wildcat Beach. A lot of it is in the shade and its cooler in the morning. It warmed up quickly though. It took us a total of approximately 4 hours. By the time we headed back, there were tons and tons of people on the trail. We met a group of about 40-50 people. We probably met about 5 people on the way there. On the way back, I kid you not, we probably met about a total of 100+ people. We are so glad that we got there early. If we not, we would have been caught up in groups of people climbing down, taking pics, etc. There was absolutely no other people around the falls the whole time we were there, which was at least a half hour. When we got back to the parking lot, the entire lot was full and cars were parked down both sides of the road for at least a half a mile.

Make sure you take a lot of water and snacks and get ready for a tiring hike. It is definitely worth it though. It was rated one of the best hidden beaches.

#1 tip: Get there early to avoid "people" traffic on the trail and at the falls.

3  Thank squiffy35
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Reviewed April 5, 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!

1  Thank Nhoffman_13
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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.
The hike it fairly easy, gentle ups and downs the whole way. There are portions along the coast and some areas that are further in the trees. It's worth going to Alamere Falls (a 3 hour hike round trip). Tip - we brought a picnic with us.

3  Thank AlwaysOnTheGo53
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