Alamere Falls is a beautiful waterfall deep within the Phillip Burton Wilderness. The falls are a dramatic sight as water cascades over a ~30 foot tall cliff onto the south end of Wildcat Beach. While no easy trek—a 13-mile (20 km) minimum round-trip hike is required—this spectacular spot is a popular—and a sometimes overcrowded —visitor draw. Take note: it is also the site of multiple search-and-rescue operations each year. Beware of getting too close to cliff edges and be mindful of coastal erosion!
Wilderness areas are places of refuge—protected and managed to allow for relaxation, self-reliance, opportunities for solitude, and natural quiet. To maintain this extraordinary wilderness character, this area is supposed to be free of mechanized equipment and the imprint of human development is limited.
- There are no restrooms near Bass Lake or Alamere Falls. Vault toilets are available at trailheads and Wildcat Campground.
- Leave no trace.
- Pack out everything you pack in.
- Please leave glass containers at home or in your vehicles. Many visitors walk barefoot in the vicinity of Bass Lake, Wildcat Beach, and Alamere Falls.
- Dogs and other pets are prohibited. Please refer to our Pets pages to learn where you can bring your dog in the Seashore.
- Devices such as radios, boomboxes, and portable speakers are prohibited.
- Mobile phone reception is very minimal to nonexistent. Please only use your mobile phone for emergencies.
- Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft, such as drones, from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Point Reyes National Seashore is prohibited.
- Bicycles are prohibited in Wilderness. Visitors may ride their bicycles to Wildcat Campground via the Stewart Trail from the Five Brooks Trailhead, but the beach and almost all other trails in the area are off-limits to bicycles. Please refer to our Bicycle Riding to learn where you can ride your bike in the Seashore.
Please help us keep this extraordinary wilderness wild!