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Alamere Falls 8 miles Intermediate

Alamere Falls

Pt. Reyes National Seashore, near Bolinas, Marin County
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance: 8 miles (RT)
Elevation: 250 ft. (+400 ft., -500 ft.)
Lat/Long (NAD83):[masked], [masked]

Alamere Falls in Point Reyes National Seashore starts at the Palomarin Trailhead near Bolinas, CA. It falls about 40 feet directly onto the beach or into the ocean during high tide.

Once on the spur trail it becomes tricky to negotiate. You need to scramble down to Alamere Creek, and then cross the creek which may be high.  To get down to the beach, you must scramble down the crumbly cliff which is quite scary for some (not to mention the climb out).

11:00am Estimated time to the trailhead parking lot

Directions:
1. Take I-80 W toward San Francisco - 41.2 mi
2. Take the exit onto CA-37 W toward San Rafael - 19.0 mi
3. Take the Atherton Ave exit - 0.1 mi
4. Turn left at Atherton Ave - 3.2 mi
5. Continue on San Marin Dr - 2.7 mi
6. Turn right at Novato Blvd - 6.3 mi
7. Turn Left on Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Rd.
8. Continue on Point Reyes Petaluma Rd - 6.8 mi
9. After passing the reservoir, at a point where Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd. makes a right turn, go straight on Platform Bridge Rd - 2.4 mi
10. Turn right at Sir Francis Drake Blvd
11. Left (south) Hwy 1
12. Right on Bolinas Rd. (unsigned). 1.8 miles
13. Right on Mesa Rd. 4.7 miles to Palomarin trailhead.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Too bad we got stuck in traffic

    July 28, 2013

    • Joe D

      those drivers kept cutting in...

      July 28, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Ugh! We almost took the Richmond Bridge home, but thought the race track traffic was finished.

      July 29, 2013

  • Joe D

    There was no way I was going down that cliff to the beach...maybe next time

    July 28, 2013

  • Joni

    Thank you, Shannon for a wonderful hike! Thank you also Bertman and Greg for helping me down the cliff to the waterfalls...you made my hike complete!

    July 28, 2013

  • Sonna

    Nice to escape the heat!

    July 28, 2013

  • Janice Marie F.

    Awesome hike!!! Next time I hope to yonder on down to the beach on the easier path a bit further down that leads to the beach; I heard that Burt and others did. It'd be great to see the full falls next time. Unfortunately the last half of the rock climb down was a bit undoable for me. That being said, it still was awesome...and the waterfalls on the upper level were spectacular too!

    July 28, 2013

  • John L.

    Enjoyable hike, with opportunity to meet friendly people.

    July 28, 2013

  • Karen B.

    Thanks for planning such a wonderful hike. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

    July 28, 2013

  • Dale P.

    Awesome hike! Thanks Shannon =]

    July 28, 2013

  • Greg S

    Thanks Shannon, It was a great hike, great group and great falls.

    July 27, 2013

  • Susan

    What a beautiful day at the coast! Nice catching up with old and new friends...thanks, Shannon and Bert for all that you do!

    July 27, 2013

  • tammy

    Awesome hike, thanks Shannon!

    July 27, 2013

  • Janice Marie F.

    See ya all tomorrow!!! This is gonna be an awesome hike :-D...

    July 26, 2013

  • Ron R

    See you at the trailhead

    July 26, 2013

  • Janice Marie F.

    p.s.s. a sweet Alamere Falls trail/hike link:
    -> http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/palomarin.html :-D...

    July 26, 2013

  • Janice Marie F.

    p.s. it's supposed to be 74 degrees and partly cloudy in Bolinas (at least that was the predicted forecast yesterday am)...

    July 26, 2013

  • Sonna

    Shannon, is there the option of meeting the group at the trailhead at 11 v. the Sac park and ride? My cell[masked]

    July 25, 2013

  • Sonna

    Does anyone want to carpool from Auburn to the Sac Park & Ride?

    July 23, 2013

  • Pete H.

    Hey guys... So, my email says Sunday, which I can make but the event says Saturday, which I can not. When is this event actually?

    July 23, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      So sorry for the confusion. I sent out the announcement before checking the date. It is set for SATURDAY.

      July 23, 2013

    • Pete H.

      :( Maybe ill catch you guys at the next one then. Have fun

      July 23, 2013

  • DOC

    So, is it Saturday or Sunday?

    July 23, 2013

  • diane

    Anyone able to give me a ride from Davis?

    July 23, 2013

  • Carmen V.

    Hi Shannon, I've been on this hike before and love it and would like to go this weekend but I really don't want to drive. Do you think someone who knows how to get there (it's tricky) with similar ability to mine (slow intermediate) would be willing to take a rider? Thanks :)

    July 22, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Yes, we arrange carpools at the park and ride. If you're not comfortable with others, you may ride with me.

      July 22, 2013

  • liz

    I would also like to know if anyone would like to carpool!

    July 22, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Yes, we arrange carpools at the park and ride.

      July 22, 2013

  • Susan

    To newbies: we meet at the park & ride at 11th and P to arrange carpools at 8:30 am the morning of the hike. Don't worry; there will be some people who will volunteer to drive; you will pay them for gas, and no one will be left behind.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I highly recommend this hike. It's one of the regulars for my grp. Don't let the description scare you off. It's not bad at all. Someone always helps the others down the 2nd scramble, so it's no problem, and the beach below (where we have lunch) is really worth it!

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello, i was wondering if i could carpool with someone

    July 22, 2013

  • Karen

    will meet at the trailhead

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • liz

    This is my first meet up!

    July 22, 2013

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