Alamere Falls

Point Reyes National Seashore, California 94904

Elevation Gain340ft
Trailhead Elevation275ft
Elevation Min/Max30/277ft
Elevation Start/End275/275ft

Alamere Falls

Alamere Falls is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore and Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 275 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 340 feet. This trail connects with the following: Rocky Trail to Beach and Coast Trail.

Alamere Falls Professional Reviews and Guides

"The highlight of this trip is an excellent waterfall plunging off a cliff directly into the Paci?c Ocean. Along the way you enjoy wonderful ocean vistas and pass rare seaside freshwater lakes.

The Point Reyes Peninsula is one of the most striking features on the Northern California coast. The presence of the peninsula is a testimony to the powerful forces that created
most of California and continue to shape the landscape. Though the peninsula looks to be wholly connected to the mainland, it is separated by the San Andreas Fault. This seemingly invisible divider runs through the Bolinas Lagoon, along the length of the Olema Valley, and onward through Tomales Bay toward Bodega Bay on the Sonoma Coast."

"Alamere Falls is an accessible yet remote destination, where a small stream tumbles directly over coastal bluffs onto a sandy beach. The oceanside cliffs, Double Point view, and inviting freshwater lakes along the trail are all expressions of the unique geology of southern Point Reyes National Seashore."

"A long, lovely coastal ramble leads to Alamere Falls, which drops directly onto Wildcat Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Alamere Falls, like a wild rose, displays its beauty without reservation but is prickly and difficult to reach. When engorged with winter rains the waters run muddy and
swift, tumbling over."

"The Coast Trail offers access to a dynamic duo: Alamere Falls, the most spectacular waterfall on the Point Reyes peninsula, and the lofty Double Point Overlook, offering bird’s-eye views of Double Point Cove, Pelican Lake, and the landscapes of the southern seashore. Alluring and challenging. Alamere Falls, like a wild rose, displays its beauty without reservation, but is prickly and must be approached with caution. Its waters tumble over a series of terraces before taking a final plunge onto Wildcat Beach, where the surf vigorously pounds the strand. The harmonizing thunder of both ocean and fall is distant on the exposed summit overlooking Double Point Cove, the second destination on this route, from which you look down nearly 500 feet to the sea."

Alamere Falls Reviews

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WARNING! POISON OAK! (2 * if you don't like poison oak, but 5 * if you don't mind it) The Coast Trail is well-maintained and beautiful, but the trail down to Alamere Falls is not maintained, steep, and has poison oak growing across it. This is OK if you're not sensitive or if you don't mind carefully washing all your hiking clothes afterward, but it's a real hassle if you're not prepared. Fortunately we had long pants and neither of us is particularly sensitive, but I had to spend an afternoon cleaning gear because of it. That being said, the hike itself is gorgeous, and the beach below beautiful Alamere falls is a great place to relax.
The numerous snags & really hot weather make this trail a better choice for late spring & a real challenge. It is not an easy trail as the Mendocino National Forest would have you believe. This trail would be more enjoyable if it was better maintained & snag free. The end is worth the trek.

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Trail Information

Point Reyes National Seashore
Nearby City
Phillip Burton Wilderness Area
Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Rd., Point Reyes Station 94956; (415) 464-5100;
Local Contacts
USGS Double Point CA; Point Reyes National Seashore map available at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and online
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