Know Before You Go
As Fairfax-Bolinas Rd. intersects Hwy. 1, it connects on the other side with Olema-Bolinas Road. Follow that a bit over a mile and jog left when it hits an apparent dead-end (at Horseshoe Hill Rd.) Continue south to Mesa Rd. (If you reach the town of Bolinas, you've gone too far.) Turn right and follow Mesa for a couple of miles until it dead-ends into a parking lot and the Palomarin Trail head. The parking lot can fill up by 9:30-10 a.m. on weekends & nice days, so come early. To visit Alamere Falls safely, Point Reyes National Seashore recommends hiking to Wildcat Campground and from there, walking a mile south on Wildcat Beach during a low tide. At higher tides, Wildcat Beach may be completely inundated, particularly in the winter and spring. Be aware of tides and surf conditions. The route to Wildcat Campground via the Palomarin Trailhead is the 5.5-mile (8.8 km) hike via the Coast Trail. Please take note! Many social media posts and older (and some newer) guide books reference the Alamere Falls Trail: this is NOT a maintained trail, and poses many hazards to off-trail hikers—crumbling and eroding cliffs, massive poison oak, ticks, and no cell phone service. Visitors who use this unmaintained trail may endanger themselves and rescuers, and inadvertently cause resource damage. On an almost weekly basis, visitors get hurt scrambling down the heavily rutted route leading to the top of the falls or sliding down the crumbly cliff-face to get to the beach, sometimes requiring search and rescue teams to be mobilized. The National Park Service strongly advises visitors against using this unmaintained route. Please use the recommended routes to visit the falls. Wear hiking boots (or some form of trail-worthy shoes), bring water, food, layers of clothing, and expect poison oak. Bringing a flashlight and some light survival gear isn't a bad idea, in case of unexpected complications. Also, if the fog comes in late in the day, following the trail can get very difficult and surfaces can get slippery, so leave early enough so that you don't run out of daylight, and give yourself plenty of time for the return hike to the parking lot.