Alamere Falls
Alamere Falls
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Spectacular 40-foot waterfall, considered to be one of the rare examples of ocean bluff falls in the world.
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luv4phood
Marietta, GA727 contributions
Jul 2022
This is an extremely popular hike. When we arrived late in the afternoon, the parking lot was full. We were hopeful that we might miss the morning rush by arriving later in the day. It seems that there is not exactly a "good" time to arrive for this hike. The drive from the bay area is really beautiful. For me, the drive along Bolinas Lagoon alone made the trip worthwhile. The hike is well marked. Do not try to find short cuts to the waterfalls. When we arrived on the beach, we could see hikers above the falls trying to find a way down to the beach. The amount of time those hikers spent seeking a way to the beach easily exceeded the amount of time to remain on the trail and hike safely on to the beach. This is a small waterfall but it is quite a site to see the water falling on the beach below.
Written 25 December 2022
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Jennifer C
5 contributions
Jan 2022
AVOID PALOMARIN TRAIL HEAD IF YOU ARE GOING TO ALAMERE FALLS.

First off - this trail head has been ruined by social media and articles in news websites -- if you don't arrive at the parking lot by 9 or 9:30am -- don't bother trying because it will be full. This was not the case prior to the pandemic.

Second -- there is not a trail from Bass Lake to Alamere falls. It's heavily covered with poison oak, there are ticks and it's steep and rutted. You will see signs that say "trail closure" please respect the signs and do not attempt to descend to Alamere Falls from Bass Lake.

Finally - don't just take your garbage with you from Bass Lake -- take as much garbage as you can carry. People are NOT doing anyone a courtesy by leaving their cheap inflatable rafts with a slow leak or food or whatever for others. Leave no trace -- that means you aren't supposed to cut the poison oak on the closed trail to Alamere lake, you aren't supposed to leave garbage, no stone cairns, no graffiti -- just no.

People do not go to this place to hear your music on your bluetooth speaker or your phone conversations on speaker. Just no.

Here is the official NPS link for the falls -- along with recommendations for how to actually get to the falls without causing damage to the park:

Five Brooks
The Five Brooks Trailhead is located approximately ten minutes by car from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. There are two vault toilets at this trailhead, along with garbage and recycling receptacles. There is no potable water available. From Five Brooks, the minimum hiking distance to Alamere Falls is 7.1 miles (11.4 km); the minimum distance by bicycle is 7.8 miles (12.5 km).

This is definitely NOT a place to go if you want peace & quiet, you'll be surrounded by loud people hiking in large groups. Please do not bring large groups here.
Written 13 June 2022
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,785 contributions
Dec 2021
We visited after a week of rain, and so the falls were very impressive. We started at the Palomarin Trail Head and took the longer route up to the Wildcat Campground and then down to the beach and back up the beach about a mile to the waterfall. The entire hike was long, but easy and beautiful, with constantly changing scenery. While it would normally be nice to walk on the beach, the day we were there, it was very windy and cold - and a bit of a struggle walking against the wind, but still worth the effort. There is also a shortcut, which is more difficult at the end - in fact, you need to hold onto ropes to descend to the beach, near the waterfall. We decided not to take that route, as we were out for the hike and not just to see the waterfall. Note that there are restrooms at the Palomarin Trail Head and at the Wildcat Campground.
Written 7 January 2022
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mike a
Modesto, CA38 contributions
Jul 2019
As with most places worth seeing of the beaten path these waterfalls are well worth the hike but you need to be in shape. There are tall cliffs to climb and narrow paths. The trail signs say "Trail not maintained Very dangerous Conditions" It is not really dangerous it is just hard. BUT WORTH IT.
Written 29 November 2019
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Shilpa
Mountain View, CA72 contributions
Jun 2019
As many people have written here there are 2 paths to this spectacular view. We did both ways and to be honest I was scared on the way back using the short cut. It did cut down significant miles from our hike but tread carefully!
Written 14 August 2019
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Vitaliy94080
South San Francisco, CA313 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Point Reys doesn't recommend to visit these falls and main trail even doesn't have sign when you need to turn to see Alamere falls. But if you are adventorous hiker the it is definitely worth it. We were in the beginning of July and Falls were great. trail to the beach is dangerous but doable.
Written 13 July 2019
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Kim K
Navarre, FL117 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Months before my family visited, I went on hikes to see what 10-14 mile hikes would feel like. I’m 43 and fairly active but this was still somewhat difficult for me. There are two places to start this hike, we chose the Palomarin Trailhead. If you take the shortcut it will shave off a few miles. The trail is normally marked by rocks and is about 4.7 miles into the hike. Another .5 mile and you are to the falls. The descent down to the beach is very steep and does require some toosh scooting. If you are afraid of heights or not in decent shape, this may not be the hike for you. Another family had taken the long way around to avoid the steep decent but was unable to return due to high tide. We watched them try to go that way and initially get slammed up against the rocks when the waves crashed in. This hike has several rescues reported every year, so do your research before you go. There is an excellent website with detailed information called World-of-Waterfalls.com.
Written 6 July 2019
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Ursula B
San Antonio, TX19 contributions
Jun 2019
Ocean, Lake, Woods, Waterfall. Great hike, constant elevation change, Beautiful views. Bring bathing suit, mosquito repellent, and lots of water to drink.
Written 13 June 2019
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Kim A
Rohnert Park, United States63 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Various sources online seemed to indicate a 9 mile hike to the Falls, but they are dead wrong. It's 14 miles, which I wish we had known before we invited friends with kids. The tidefall is stunning, but access to the front of it also depends on the tide - we had to run for it on a small stretch to not get soaked! The hike itself is moderate, it is just super long. Long pants are a must if you are not immune to poison oak.
Written 29 May 2019
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Supemma
San Francisco, CA30 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
My friend had wanted to take this hike for awhile, she gave me a heads up that it would be able 10-14 miles and a more advanced hike, and man was she right. We each packed 2 waters, trail mix, and bananas and we ate it all. We happened to go after a week of straight rain, so I would prepare for VERY muddy trails if that is the case. We took the Coastal Trail and walked the beach down, had to time the tide right to not get knocked over by a wave. The waterfall... breath taking, seriously. We took the "shortcut" back - do not recommend for any older folks or young kids. It consisted of climbing some small rocks straight up, and then clearing a 5-6ft jump across the top of the waterfall. I was seriously blown away by all the adventure this trail had to offer. By taking the shortcut it took 2 miles off our hike, so in all we landed just under 14 miles. Pack smart, bring a wind breaker, lots of water, and prepare to see it all - shoreline included! Highly recommend for any adventure seekers. (Plus my friend got a google 20 minute snooze in on the beach - it was a lovely, long day.)
Written 20 February 2019
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