Alamere – The hike to a tidefall

Alamere Falls is a tidefall in the Point Reyes National Seashore area. A tidefall is a waterfall that flows directly into the ocean. There are only 2 tidefalls in California. The other one is McWay Falls in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park near Big Sur.

The volume of water in Alamere Falls is at its best in spring. The hike to Alamere and back is about 8.5 miles from the Palomarin trail-head near Bolinas. The hike starts with the beautiful Coast Trail along the Pacific ocean. Blue skies and blue waters vie for your gaze.

After a couple of miles the trail turns inland through dense vegetation and passes Bass Lake and Pelican Lake. The last half mile involves pushing through dense foliage that includes poison oak (long sleeves and pants recommended).

The trail ends at the edge of a cliff. There begins the scramble down crumbling shale cliff faces. After one scramble you get to see the first cascade of Alamere falls or ‘Upper Alamere Falls’. A couple of cascades later, Alamere falls one last time from a height of about 50ft, before it hits the beach below and make its way to the ocean. That 50ft is also the last scramble between you, the beautiful falls, the beach and the blue wide ocean!

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