Alamere Falls is a beautiful hike along Point Reyes National Seashore. I did this hike about a month ago. For those of you who remember my Muir Beach Overlook post, this was the hike that we embarked on afterwards. It was still quite foggy, and it didn’t start to clear up until we were on our way back. But the views were still gorgeous!
The scenery on this hike is absolutely amazing. You literally see it all. You go from a very green/forest-y trail to a small lake to a grand beach where you ultimately find Alamere Falls. Alamere Falls isn’t really your traditional type of waterfall. It hugs the cliff along the beach and the water falls straight into the sand. Super pretty though! The last stretch of the descent down to the beach is a bit tricky…more like rock climbing than hiking. But trust me, it’s worth it! There are a couple of mini waterfalls that you’ll pass by before you hit the beach. Those waterfalls eventually flow into Alamere Falls and are just as gorgeous!
The trickiest part of the hike is finding the fork in the hike that leads you to the falls. It’s not marked, and if a couple hadn’t told us, I’m 99% sure we would have completely missed it. If you start hiking from the parking lot that Google Maps leads you to, it’ll be a left turn into a narrow trail surrounded by shrubbery around 2.25-2.5 hours in.
This is a pretty long hike…and I recommend going really early….like 7am latest to get parking and avoid the sun. Then you’ll be ready for lunch in the city at around noon! 🙂 But really…when we left around noon-ish, the parking lot was completely full and people were just parking on the street. They literally had to hike a mile just to get to the trailhead. So…you’re definitely better off just waking up early! It’s worth it. Probably wouldn’t do it again, though…because I actually hate hiking haha. I don’t think I’ve ever repeated a hike. But these views make it 100% worth it as a one-time trip.