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Palomarin Tr. to Alamere Falls beach to Wildcat via beach 9 miles appx.moderate

  • Oct 30, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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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 lots of 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.

Carpools:
Established locations are Coddingtown Library at 8:25 and Petaluma at 8:55. We can't guarantee that there will be a driver there. Please show up prepared to drive and work it out with who is there. Unfortunately there might be times where you are the only person coming from that area. Most times you will have a good idea because hikers comment on what carpooling spot they are going to. The Wanderers are really supportive of people that like to ride, just please make sure you contribute a minimum of $6 for this trip if you are a lucky rider. We want our drivers to feel appreciated. If you can't contribute towards gas and use of the car then please drive yourself or use public transportation to get to the trailhead.

As always:

  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. Slow and steady and we just keep going! If you are a fast hiker, you will be asked to periodically wait for the group. If you are finding that you are lagging behind, you will be asked to focus your energy on keeping up the best you can ...forgoing picture taking, dancing and scat identification. We also move along as soon as all lagging members are in close visual sight. Please make sure this is something you will enjoy!
  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments or cancellations.
  • Give yourself time to find the trailhead 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.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Facilities: At the trailhead
  • Dogs?: None allowed
  • Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is a must for this hike.
  • Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but you will warm up.
  • Bring a lunch. We always have a break above the falls.
  • Bring your smile and great attitude! Once again....this is not about finishing the hike in record time...it's about enjoying ourselves and the outdoors!

See you on the trail!

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  • Leigh

    This was a beautiful hike! A small but wonderful group...thank you all for joining me in the mist and fog on such an unusually gorgeous day!

    October 31, 2012

  • gretchen

    I'll be at Coddingtown--unless you want to do a Big John's, Leigh?

    October 28, 2012

    • Leigh

      No Big John's this time unfortunately...I have errands to do in Santa Rosa after :(

      October 28, 2012

    • gretchen

      No worries! I'm planning on being at Coddingtown but I'm not setting my alarm. See you there, or if not, my body just decided it needed some sleep! it's been forever, though, I need to get back into the swing.

      October 29, 2012

  • susette

    Anyone with an extra seat coming through Petaluma? : )

    October 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carpool from Petaluma

    October 25, 2012

    • susette

      Petaluma carpool. Leave at 8:30 from the Park and Ride on Washington. Park in the northwest corner.

      October 28, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Susette- We are going to leave the hike early, so you may not want to car pool with us

      October 29, 2012

  • Marianne W.

    Maybe we can pickup Maryann Marks in Petaluma if there are no other carpoolers from there. I'll be at CODD at 8:30. If that changes, let me know.

    October 28, 2012

  • Margaret

    I'll be at coddingtown at 8:30

    October 28, 2012

  • Leigh

    I'll be picking up at Coddingtown at 8:30!

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coddling ton carpool anyone?

    October 19, 2012

  • Dan R

    Cancelling, as I'm still having foot problems. Enjoy the hike!

    October 26, 2012

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