Alamere Falls

Looking south along Wildcat Beach to Alamere Falls and Double Point. April 19, 2006.
Alamere Falls and Double Point

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!

 
Looking south along Wildcat Beach from Wildcat Campground. Alamere Falls, Double Point, and Stormy Stack are visible in the distance. April 19, 2006.
Wildcat Beach

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. Before you visit, check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's tide predictions and the National Weather Service's Watches, Warnings & Advisories page for the Coastal North Bay to learn whether there are any active Beach Hazards Statements, High Surf Advisories, and/or High Surf Warnings.

Many trails lead to Wildcat Campground, but the most commonly used routes are: the 5.5-mile (8.8 km) hike from the Palomarin Trailhead via the Coast Trail; the 6.3-mile (10.1 km) hike from the Bear Valley Trailhead via the Bear Valley, Glen, and Stewart Trails; or the 6.7-mile (10.7 km) hike from the Five Brooks Trailhead via the Stewart Trail. The Stewart Trail is open to bicycles for those who wish to ride up and over the 1,300-foot (400 m) Inverness Ridge.
Download the South District Hiking Map (766 KB PDF)

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.

Please be aware that on most weekends throughout the year, the parking lot at the Palomarin Trailhead fills up very early in the morning, and visitors arriving late in the morning or in the afternoon may be turned away. If you wish to visit Alamere Falls or other locations accessed via the Palomarin Trailhead, arrive early, or consider visiting mid-week. Check the park's Facebook page and/or Twitter feed for updates on crowded weekends!

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Alamere Falls. April 19, 2006.

Last updated: March 12, 2017

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