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Alamere Falls to Wildcat beach! (tides permitting)Clear the holiday cobwebs!!

  • Dec 28, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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This is a moderate-strenuous hike.  It will be appx 9 miles with under a 1000 foot elevation gain.  The strenuous part is due to the length and the difficulty of the scramble down to the beach at Alamere falls.  It is tricky and not for everyone. 

This hike has everything: Ocean views, waterfalls, 2 swimming lakes, ponds and ocean beach swimming when it's warm enough or you are crazy enough! But most importantly you will need to scramble down a tricky section down to the beach.  Make sure you are prepared!  It also has poison oak on the section out to the falls....make sure you can cover up for this overgrown section of the trail!!!  After our scramble down to the beach we will (tides permitting) walk down the beach to Wildcat Beach where we will have lunch.  We then will walk back on the trail to our cars.

Partial TRAIL DESCRIPTION By Bahiker.com http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/palomarin.html

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: Take D st. (which becomes Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd) from Petaluma and travel 11 miles.  Stay straight on Platform Bridge Rd for 2.4 miles and then take a right on Sr. Francis Drake Blvd for just under 2 miles.  Turn left on Hwy 1 for 9.1 miles where you will take a right  on Olema Bolinas Rd.  Continue on Olema Bolinas rd for a little under 2 miles where you will make a right on Mesa Rd. Follow all the way to the end. The road will dead end at the parking lot for the Palomarin Trailhead.  If you reach the center of town you need to turn around and head back the way you came because you missed the right hand turn to Mesa Rd...as you return it will be on your left.

Description:

"ALAMERE FALLS HIKE" Rate 9.5 out of 10 Location: Pt. Reyes National Seashore, near Bolinas,  It is incredibly pretty with amazing ocean views and lush vegetation (especially in spring). The last half mile of the trail is along a signed spur trail (off the Coast Trail). As you approach the top of Alamere Falls from the spur trail, it becomes a bit tricky to negotiate. You need to carefully scramble down to Alamere Creek, which is a bit steep. Then you must cross Alamere Creek, which may be tricky in high water. At this point a pretty upper cascade is in view, 3 separate cascades about 30 ft. in total height. From the top of the cliff, you can also get a nice side view of Alamere Falls itself, dropping 40 ft. onto the beach. To get down to the beach, you must carefully scramble down the cliff. This is dangerous and not for everyone. The cliffs here are very crumbly, and a fall here could cause a serious injury. Once down at the beach, you will be treated to a wonderful experience, standing beside a 40 ft. waterfall on the ocean. It is a lot more impressive in the winter months after there has been a lot of rain. Be sure to check the tide charts in advance because at high tide, there will be no beach, and the waves will be coming right up to the cliff.

Distance: Estimated to be 8-9 miles

Elevation Gain:  Est. 550ft.

 

 

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below.  It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time.   A steady pace and we just keep going!  If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions.  If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight.  Our pace averages 2.5mph.  We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group.  Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy
  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details.  Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
  • TO BRING: YOU! glorious hiker person you – dying to hit the trails and laugh, talk, sweat and enjoy in a group of like minded Wanderers… Oh yeah, and you should always bring your hiking safety essentials, layered clothing, water and food appropriate to the outing as mentioned below. 
  • RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
  • Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.  You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration:  5-6 hours
  • Facilities: at trailhead and at Wildcat beach
  • Dogs?: none allowed
  • Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up. Bring a bathing suit if you want to swim!
  • Bring a lunch.  We will lunch at either Bass lake or Wildcat Beach depending on the tides.
  • Bring your smile and great attitude!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time.

 

 

Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close any designated location.

Car pool locations:

WINDSOR:Safeway lot across from (the now closed) Dennys, depart 8:00

http://goo.gl/maps/6V9K7 

 

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:15

http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:35

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Kathy F

    Great day, sore quads. I was glad to see we went more distance and more elevation gain than we expected, cuz I sure felt like it!

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • napastan

    excellent

    December 30, 2013

  • Dan R

    Extemely nice hike, weather, and company. Thank you Leigh for organizing and for the great conversation on the trail.

    December 29, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Fantastic Day! Thank you Leigh for your organization & leadership, thanx to the rest of you who make these events so much fun, and special thanx to the "big boys" who gently lowered us down the steep spots! You all are the best!

    December 29, 2013

  • Leigh

    I still am reveling in the fantastic day we had yesterday. I can't believe how blessed we were with the weather! I also was amazed at how everyone just came down that loose rock scramble like they do it everyday!
    It was a special day with extra special people!

    2 · December 29, 2013

  • Marie-Noelle

    Great day all around! Thank you.

    December 29, 2013

  • Marianne W.

    One beautiful day in nature shared with all of you beautiful people. Thanks everyone. An extra few miles never hurts." The Road Goes On Forever and The Party Never Ends." I went on to dance the night away at Hopmonk. Now for New Year's!

    December 29, 2013

  • Pamela J.

    What a great day! Thank you Leigh for the planning and guidance that went into it and thanks to those who lent a hand on the steep downward climb.

    December 28, 2013

  • Shawna

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!

    December 28, 2013

  • Chuck

    A slice of heaven!

    December 28, 2013

  • Kathie B.

    Spectacular day to enjoy this treat of a hike with such a fun group. Thank you Leigh and fellow Wanderers!

    December 28, 2013

  • Charles H.

    What a fantastic day! Comrades, sun, sea, beach and hills. And hills.

    December 28, 2013

  • Georgene

    Spectacular

    December 28, 2013

  • David E.

    It doesn't get any better than this. Great company, great trail, great views and perfect weather.

    December 28, 2013

  • Trish

    Pretty perfect! Thank you, Leigh!

    December 28, 2013

  • John H.

    This hike came with a bonus- almost 4 miles. And wasn't that wonderful?

    December 28, 2013

  • Margaret

    Could not have asked for a nicer day, or found a better way to clear out those cobwebs!!

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Max

    Great hike with a great group on a gorgeous day .Thanks Leigh for organizing !

    December 28, 2013

  • Trish

    Took a wrong turn....may not be able to catch you but I will try...

    December 28, 2013

  • George

    I am in Rohnert Park, can carpool with someone from cotati/Rohnert Park, I can drive as well, have room for two or three people.
    Olivers Market parking lot is a nice place to meet if anyone is interested.

    December 26, 2013

    • John H.

      George are you still taking passengers? I live just down from Olivers on Cotati.

      December 27, 2013

    • John H.

      Haven't heard from you, George. I'm heading to the Petaluma carpool site.

      December 28, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Coddingtown 8:15

    December 20, 2013

    • Jonelle F.

      I will be there at 8:15

      December 27, 2013

    • David E.

      I am expecting to be there at 8:15, but there are some issues.

      December 28, 2013

  • Chuck

    This should be interesting!

    December 28, 2013

  • Kathy F

    Change of plans, I won't be at Petaluma car pool

    December 27, 2013

  • Don

    Lora, who has promised to not sleep in, and I are meeting at Peets in Bon Air shopping center to carpool. Others are welcome to join. Meet and be ready to leave around 8:30 AM? (so get your coffee earlier)

    December 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Don, I live close to Bon Air, I will be needing carpooling,(passenger) Let me know:)

      December 27, 2013

    • Don

      Gabriela, Lora and I will be leaving Peet's at 8:30 am, so can you meet us there a little before? I drive a Grey Tundra truck and should be parked near Peet's. Call if concerned:[masked]-7980.­ We'll decide at Peet's who's driving, Lora or me. Either works.

      December 27, 2013

  • Thanya A.

    I have a wicked sore throat and don't want to push myself... WAH! Have fun, everyone.

    December 27, 2013

    • Don

      Take care of yourself Thanya!

      December 27, 2013

  • laura t.

    had to cancel, family obligations.....don't wait for me at Coddingtown

    December 27, 2013

  • Margaret

    Any Windsor people interested in a carpool?

    December 27, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Sara and I will be there

      December 27, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Petaluma car pool - see you there!

    December 27, 2013

  • Kathy F

    Gary Walker will be art the Petaluma car pool (for some reason, he can't post a comment)

    December 27, 2013

  • Marie-Noelle

    Petaluma carpool

    December 27, 2013

  • Georgene

    Petaluma car pool. My first hike with Wanderers.

    December 26, 2013

  • Gloria C.

    Petaluma carpool!

    December 26, 2013

  • Skip (Dustin) H.

    Tides will be about halfway out or better. Low at 2pm....

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hiking in Annadel today! I know Alamere will top this but...here I am

    December 22, 2013

  • John H.

    Petaluma carpool. See you

    December 21, 2013

  • Shelley R.

    Petaluma carpool

    December 20, 2013

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