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Alamere Falls

Point Reyes National Seashore, California USA

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“stunning beach tidefall!”

Alamere Falls is a waterfall in Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California. Alamere Falls is a rare "tidefall", a waterfall that flows directly into the ocean. It is one of only two in the area, the other being McWay Falls. After about a mile and a half, the trail will pass along two small lakes (Bass Lake and Pelican Lake). Bass Lake can be accessed by a side trail that leads to a rope swing, and hikers will often stop for a swim during summer months. The trail treats hikers to ocean and lake views, a semi-secluded beach, and fun challenge descending down a steep drop right before the falls (using ropes!)

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  • 1 Review
  • 6 Helpful
August 20, 2014
Rated 4.0

Park at the Palomarin Trailhead.

guide/review: if you do not hike often this is at a moderate difficulty. lots of up and downs so be prepared to hike some hills, 4.2 mile 1 way, 8.4 miles round trip. The trail itself, lots of shade and wonderful coastal breeze, 2 lakes and estimate at least 3 hours to hike to, play, and return.


yes i said it, once you reach the falls, you will need to CLIMB rocks to get down to the beach. climb is not strenous but can be tricky do to slippery/broken rocks.

there are 3 waterfalls, 2 pools. bring a camera

wow factor is very high.

to get the falls, you will have to go off trail (dont worry, the off trail is some what trailed out due to the number of people who previously hiked it. it clear yet hidden in brush. once you reach the falls, you will be standing at the top of the falls. you will need to climb down to the beach to reach the bottom of the falls. becareful

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Anthony Arata

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  • 17 Helpful
March 31, 2018
Rated 5.0

Couple things that you should know before going on this hike.

1. While there is a lot of shade, this is a decently tough hike and not for people who are out of shape.

2. It is not dog friendly once you reach the beach because there is a very steep cliff you need to go down. Fortunately someone put a rope that goes most of the distance down the cliff to help you safely descend. However this could be pretty hard for your four-legged friend.

3. It takes about an hour and a half to reach the beach from the parking lot so make sure you leave yourself enough time to get back before the sun goes down because there are some spots along the trail that look like they get pretty dark after sunset. Not sure if there’s mountain lions out here but wouldn’t be surprised.

4. Bring enough water and food for the hike. Not sure if the falls are fresh or salt water, but don’t want to put myself in a position where I’d have to try it.

With all that being said, it’s an awesome hike with an incredible view and well worth the trek!

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Bettina Sastoque

  • 11 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 27, 2017
Rated 5.0

Sign at trailhead says 14 miles round trip... and seriously the best trail! So much variety.

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Alamere Falls

Point Reyes National Seashore

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