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New Year's Day Hike! Alamere Falls hike Moderate

  • Jan 1, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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7 miles Appx gain of 800 ft.

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!  It also has lots of poison ivy on the section out to the falls....make sure you can cover up for this overgrown section of the trail!!! Be aware that we may not be able to go down to the beach. The rope is gone and the route has gotten very tricky!  We'll have to check it out and see.   Please be aware to get down to where we have lunch you need to shimmy through a narrow eroded steep down section.  Make sure you feel comfortable with a short tricky section.

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.

Distance: Estimated to be 8-9 miles

Elevation Gain:  Est. 550ft.

FOR car pools ...we have a change. Please document your car pool info in your RSVP comments NOT the general comments below. That will eliminate many msgs to the hike attendees. Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, be aware that 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. 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!

Then PLEASE if possible try to use the two 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 to either location.

I have confirmed that Bovine Bakery will be open on New Year's Day. :))

Car pool locations:

Coddingtown Library parking lot will leave at 8:00 for Bovine Bakery stop.

Petaluma-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:45  (earlier if making Bovine bakery stop)

General room of thumb...$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!

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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  • Amy H.

    It was heaven! I miss hiking more with you guys and hopefully next Saturday there will be a hike I can do. Alamere falls is one of my favorites except for the bad road to the trail head!

    January 2, 2013

  • Larry D.

    Leigh, It was tough, but I was able to fulfill your (goblet) obligation libation. Nice refreshing touch to finish the hike.

    January 1, 2013

  • Larry D.

    Thanks to the Wanderers and another day of perfect weather, I started off the new year on the right trail and a new adventure. Larry

    January 1, 2013

  • Stan S.

    A great way to usher in the new year. Beautiful day, great hike and great company. Only downside was that Leigh wasn't there at the end.

    January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first time in winter at these falls! WOW! And lunch was sooo good too...welcome to new folks as well who fit right in.

    January 1, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Both yesterday and today were absolutely beautiful and exhiliarating!!! We really rock (-:

    January 1, 2013

  • Leigh

    yay....a hike on New Year's day my absolute favorite thing. It was the hardest thing to leave you all! I hope someone had a glass of champagne for me!! Happy New Year!!

    January 1, 2013

  • Becky

    Wow! What a gorgeous day and a perfect way to start the new year!

    January 1, 2013

  • Marcelyn

    BEAUTIFUL! Thank you, Leigh, Kathy and Andy! Happy New Year to all!

    January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I feel like I'm getting sick so I'm going to have to join a hike another day. Have Fun

    January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have changed my carpool site to Coddingtown. 0800 lv for bakery! And coffee

    December 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I promise not to stay out all night NY eve. But I am planning to have Fun!

    December 31, 2012

  • phyllis g.

    I just joined the group and it's not clear if there are any spots left. I would like to join you if so but I don't see a place to RSVP and I believe it's full.

    December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Whoops! I mean I will be at Coddingtown at 8:00 a.m.

    December 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone - I just joined - literally ten minutes ago! I am happy to drive (but need a good copilot for directions) and will be at the Coddingtown carpool location at 8:30 on 1/1/13. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all.

    December 28, 2012

  • Kathy F

    Petaluma car poolers - note, we should leave Lucky @ 8:30am so we have time for a Bovine Bakery stop. We will be stopping in Pt Reyes Stn as that one is open; the one in Petaluma will be closed on 1/1.

    December 27, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      see you 8:30 on[masked]

      December 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it....I'm off to Burma the next day, and way too much to do! I thought I could but can't.....so another can go in my place.

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to join in if space becomes available.

    December 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pls confirm Petaluma lv time. Stopping at Bovine? Then earlier lv.

    December 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    wow I very much want to attend, but in my senility I am confused about a lot of these details. I and RSVP'ing, but all is dependent upon the car pool resolution. I am unable to drive to the location due to issues with the safety of my car.

    December 12, 2012

    • Leigh

      Hi Chuck, If you are interested in car pooling, when you RSVP (or you can update your RSVP later) you put in your comments which of the two car pool locations you will be at. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees. We have a lot of people that like to ride. We try to accomodate everyone but people that have been a driver recently get first dibs on being able to ride. So far it has always worked out but we are unable to guarantee you a ride....We always tell people to be prepared to drive. If you are unable to do so you would have to try and show up and see, unfortunately there would be no way to confirm in advance that you positively will be able to ride.

      December 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chuck, I have had problems to, but I plan to be at Coddingtown. I do not mind driving, I just get lost driving, therefore, I need someone who knows the way! I've done this hike and its awesome!

      December 12, 2012

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