Start at the Bear Valley Trailhead and follow the Bear Valley Trail south for 0.3 km (0.2 mi.). It is basically a fire road and very well maintained. Visit our Elephant Seals and Viewing Elephant Seals for more information. Start this hike at the Limantour Beach parking lot. Allow 25 minutes driving time from Bear Valley. Head coastward along the Bear Valley Trail to the Coast Trail, and then south to Wildcat Camp, a trip of about 6 1/2 miles. A short path leads up to a replica of a Coast Miwok Indian village. Allow 25 minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead. All that remains of the ranch are eucalyptus trees that were planted to protect the ranch from the wind. Distance: 1.3 km / 0.8 mi. The trail has suffered serious dam… My husband and I did this trail 9/23/15 and went down to the falls. From either destination, one returns via Coast Trail. This hike features a steep 400 meter (1300 feet) climb to the highest point in the park (426 m / 1407 ft), with a few limited views of the seashore and Olema Valley near the ridge crest. We locked the bikes at the intersection with Glen and took it to Stewart and then to the campground and ultimately Alamere Falls. The once unobstructed views from near the summit have, since 2000, become obstructed by dense Douglas fir thickets that sprouted shortly after the 1995 Vision Fire. This relatively easy trail through open grassland and an old Christmas tree farm offers excellent birding opportunities and the possibility of seeing bat rays and leopard sharks swimming just below the water's surface in Home Bay. Just relax and listen to the soundscapes!! ” in 27 reviews “ That trail was only about 4 miles out and back, but since then we have done Alamere Falls which is about 10 miles. To Bear Valley Station: http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/directions.htm Allow 25 minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead. Beautiful coastal views on that little side trip though. The trail then hugs the contour of the hills. The trail quickly meets up with the Coast Trail which you will follow almost all the way to Alamere Falls. There is a rack at the end of the Bear Valley trail and you can hike from there. It is possible to walk from Wildcat Camp to Alamere Falls on the beach, but only at a low tide. Haha. Beware of g… Wittenberg Trail and climb all the way to the Z Ranch-Mt. Great trail! You will take the Coast Trail to Wildcat Camp, then hike south down the beach until you see the falls. Visitor Information ... 16.8 mi: Pass the spur trail to Alamere Falls. But what a hike! Lots of trees down over the trails (to climb over). This is the turn around point for this hike if you don't want to go to Alamere Falls. Saw a deer on the way. Education Programs It is a good beginner MTB ride suitable for kids but if you go fast on the downhill bits there are a few fun sections for more experienced riders too (of course be in control and conscientious of the hikers and equestrians you’ll be sharing the trail with). The trail runs fairly straight along a low ridge crest before intersecting with the Glenbrook Trail in 1.7 km (1.1 mi.). north to the Muddy Hollow Road Trail. to Wildcat Beach View of Double Point and Alamere Falls from the Coast Trail The trail then descends through open scrub to Wildcat Camp. Download a map of the Bear Valley area indicating the areas and trails closed due to the Woodward Fire. Here again, you still have to get past the rock formation to reach the falls. the crew doing the work was just finishing up at wildcat when we arrived. On a Thursday morning not many people after the cutoff at the bike rack. Just beyond the Glenbrook Creek is the site of the Glenbrook Ranch. Distance: (1.3 km / 0.8 mi.) The Sunset Beach Trail branches to the right 4 km (2.5 mi.) Some tips to maximize your trip: take the extra half mile to take the spur trail out to arch rock! Alamere Falls and Wildcat Camp via Bear Valley Trail [CLOSED] is a 28.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Permits must be picked up at Bear Valley Visitor Center before the trip. Below are brief descriptions of the most popular hikes found at Point Reyes National Seashore. Turn left. Beach access is marked along your way at both Sculptured Beach and Kelham Beach. Distance: 5 km / 3 mi. Open ocean views are plentiful along the last 0.8 km (0.5 mi.) Return the way you came. Please be sure to leave gates as you find them: if they are closed, please close them after passing through. DIFFICULT 6.3 mi. Make sure to grab a trail map and follow it carefully. Make your perfect outing even better by eating at Cafe Reyes in Point Reyes Station. The tidefall is stunning, but access to the front of it also depends on the tide - … However, as one continues from the Z Ranch-Mt. Distance to Windy Gap: 3.2 km / 2 mi. 663-8522 x2 (local toll-free from 663- or 669- prefix in 415 area code) Wittenberg. The once unobstructed views from near the summit have, since 2000, become obstructed by dense Douglas fir thickets that sprouted shortly after the 1995 Vision Fire. 415-464-5139 (See our Pets page for more information.) The trail to Windy Gap is relatively level. So I recommend taking bear valley to arch rock then wildcat. The first section of the trail is through grasslands before skirting along the northern edge of and then cutting through an abandoned Christmas tree farm. Once you reach the Arch Rock overlook, there is a small unmaintained trail that leads steeply down to Coast Creek and a view of Arch Rock. Bass Lake is a popular, but unofficial, swimming spot; access can be challenging and lined with poison oak and there are no lifeguards—swim at your own risk. Wittenberg trail junction to the junction of Sky and Meadow Trails, there are locations from which one may look west across the peninsula to the Pacific Ocean (weather dependent). This trail begins at the north end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot, about 100 meters (110 yards) from the the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Keep your eyes open for hawks and shorebirds. You may hike with your dog on this trail. Take this is short, less than 1/2 mile Alamere Falls access trail down to the cliffs where the 50 ft falls land on the beach. NOTICE: The Arch Rock trail has been closed until further notice due to the arch's collapse as a result of coastal erosion. From the Chimney Rock parking lot, follow the driveway downhill and to the left. I followed this route to visit Wildcat Beach and the Ocean Lake. (See our Pets page for more information.) Estero Trail to Drakes Head: 9.5: Day 3: Meadow Trail—Sky Trail—Arch Rock—Bear Valley Trail: 9: Day 4: The Coastal Trail: Palomarin - Alamere Falls: 11.5: Day 5: Tomales Point: 9: Day 6: Chimney Rock—Point Reyes Lighthouse: 6 Realigned out of the valley's floodplain and reopened in 2011, the Muddy Hollow Trail offers an easy hike with opportunities to see diverse bird life and tule elk. California has 2 of the 6 tidefalls. It was a long hike but very rewarding as I enjoyed the beach, lakes, and green woods. See the description in the "Three-to six-hour hikes" section below for more information. Turn right on to the Mt. Allow 35 minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Tomales Point Trailhead, located at the north end of Pierce Point Road. Point Reyes National Seashore Before starting out on this journey, I read that the hike to Alamere Falls was just over 8 miles. trail which leads to the summit of Mt. Wittenberg trail junction along the ridge crest. Great if you are backpacking to one of the camps. Then, upon arriving in Point Reyes, a sign at the Palomarin trailhead informed me that the hike is actually 14 miles long.Wait, what? Updates will be posted to our Current Conditions page and social media channels. The Coast Trail from Palomarin to Wildcat Camp and on to Alamere Falls is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Point Reyes National Seashore. If you do not wish to travel on the Alamere Falls Trail, take the Coast Trail 5.65 miles from the Palomarin Trailhead to Wildcat Camp. Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead, at the south end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot. Allow twenty-five minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Estero Trailhead, which is located a short distance off of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Caution: Most trails in the park are overgrown with grass and annuals. Parking at commonwealth parking 2.25 mls walk to the entrance of the trail. The most direct hike to the falls is from the Palomarin Trailhead and this largely follows the Coastal Trail and the route passes Pelican Lake and Bass Lake. A flat trail through Kehoe Marsh and out to Kehoe Beach. We ended up choosing this trail because the Palomarin Trailhead was closed. The south end of Coast Trail begins with spectacular ocean views from high above the surf. Recommended on a day when it hasn't been raining. GOVT SHUTDOWN cond as of 1/21/19: trails were in rough shape but completely doable. Love staying at Wildcat camp. It is also a prime wildlife viewing trail, as it is remote and the tule elk are enclosed in this reserve. About 1.5 miles further on, you will find the Alamere Falls trail junction. The trailhead for this hike is located along the Pierce Point Road. The safest way to get to the Alamere Falls, according to the National Park Service, is to hike to Wildcat Campground and then to Wildcat Beach, walking south on the shore for about a mile at low tide. Great trail, good workout. (I did) but well worth the extra few miles than taking the bear valley trail all the way to the ocean. Both are beautiful and remote beaches. Getting Started There is a lot of poison oak present, so make sure you are aware of … Beyond the pavement, you will be walking on loose sand and winding your way along a narrow path between the dune vegetation. Download a map indicating the area and trails closed due to the Woodward Fire. It can be windy and exposed, with only occasional canopy overhead. Soon, you’ll reach a sign on the left that points to Alamere Falls through some brush. If you are going for a day hike for the falls start at Palomarin. 415-464-5100 x2 The last couple sections of the route seems more like a cattle trail than a human trail, but persevere and look for markers to differentiate between the cattle paths and the hiking trail. ), turn right on to the Drakes Head Trail at the junction of a number of fencelines adjacent to a small corral and abandoned, circular, concrete water trough. There’s a bit of a spot that you have to time your run around the rocks between waves at higher water and it is a bit sketchy. DIFFICULT 12.5 mi. To get to Alamere Falls, park at the Palomarin trailhead in the southern end of the park. Challenging to get to the falls and back in one day but well worth the effort. I went when there was a very low tide (-1.5), and I still had to time it right to get past the waves at one point. From the Meadow-Sky trail junction, descend the Meadow Trail to the Bear Valley Trail. Distance: 1.1 km / 0.7 mi. Check the park's Facebook page and/or Twitter feed for updates on crowded weekends! 415-464-5100 The first 5 km (3 mi.) Fissures Near the Chimney Rock Trail - updated December 22, 2015. The falls, located within the Phillip Burton Wilderness on the south end of Wildcat Beach are 30+ feet high with several drops. There are a few variations to the Alamere Falls hike that will vary in mileage. This is a choose your own adventure trail! 415-464-5131 For directions to trailheads, visit our Directions to Park Destinations page. Half-Day Hike: The closest trailhead with parking access is the Palomarin trailhead. Length 17.4 miElevation gain 2949 ftRoute type Out & back The hiking distance to Alamere Falls beginning from the Bear Valley Trailhead is 7.3 miles one way. It was sooo hard! Look for elusive brush rabbits, bobcats, and mountain lions, which are occasionally sighted in this area. If you are starting your hike from the Bear Valley area, please park your vehicle(s) in the gravel parking lot on the left (east) side of the access road close to the Bear Valley Trailhead, not in the paved parking lot adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Somebody didn’t get their facts straight.Or did they?The truth is, there are actually 2 trails to Alamere Falls, but the significantly shorter trail has been closed indefinitely. Would love to camp at Wildcat next time and explore other trails in the area. ), or speak with a ranger. The hike begins at the Bear Valley Trailhead, located at the south end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot. Divide Meadow is a nice place to picnic in the sun. Went during the week, to my surprise! “Arch rock” collapsed some time ago, though, so don’t expect that. Continue on Glen Trial to Coast Glen Spur/Stewart Trial for quickest route (6.4) to Wildcat Camp. to one's hike. From the the Z Ranch-Mt. Distance: approx. If you choose to continue to Wildcat you'll be rewarded with ocean and lake views and a beautiful beach. Individuals engaged in outdoor exercise, such as walking, hiking, running, or bicycling, are not required to wear a face covering, but should carry one with them and must wear a facial covering when interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces if they cannot practice physical distancing. McClures Beach is contained within a beautiful cove backed by rocky cliffs, but watch out for tidal fluctuations and dangerous surf. The Coast Trail is subject to seasonal flooding. Check out our Tomales Point, Pierce Point Ranch, and the Tule Elk Reserve page for more information about visiting this beautiful location. Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead, at the south end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot. If you're taking this way, we highly recommend you bring snacks/food, water (reserve water for the hike back), travel very light and most importantly- wear hiking shoes. There are many different paths in this area but, disregarding the redundant Alamere Falls Trail, the most popular hikes commence from the Palomarin, Bear Valley and Five Brooks trailheads. This is a easy one way trail to Alamere Falls in Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. We took glen on the way in and arch rock on the way out and the arch rock loop was about 10x as much ocean view as the glen trail route. A relatively easy walk through coastal scrub and grassland offers some breath-taking ocean views, but can be exposed to sun, fog, and/or wind. Fog can limit visibility and and wind can make this hike more challenging. Wittenberg trail junction, one may turn north along the Z Ranch Trail and then follow the Horse Trail back to the trailhead. Or, if one continues along Mt. walking on sand along the northern edge of the western-most and largest of the lagoons to reach the Point Reyes Beach. Download a map indicating the area and trails closed due to the Woodward Fire. Distance: 6.4 km / 4 mi. On the hike to the upper portion of the falls, you'll pass Bass Lake, which is a frequent swimming spot and even has a rope swing for the adventurous. The loop passes through a dense mixed Douglas fir and oak forest and several open meadows. There is not a bridge across the Muddy Hollow Creek just west of the trailhead and one may get their feet wet while attempting to cross the creek when the water level is high in winter and spring. A Stay Home (also known as Shelter-In-Place) Order is in place for Marin County until Monday, January 4, 2021. The Palomarin entrance is more popular and thus more crowded, especially on the weekends. Wittenberg trail to the junction with the Sky Trail. falls were easily accessible,but we did check the tide forecast so planned it around low tide. north on the Coast Trail, one would be able to descend to Kelham Beach via the 150 m (500 ft.) long Kelham Beach Trail. Take the Greenpicker Trail for about 1 mile until you reach a junction. The Bear Valley Trail rises on a gravel path through grassy meadows into a thick fir forest. Attention - the route shown is Bear Valley to Arch Rock. Harbor seals are frequently seen poking their heads up out of the water beyond the breakers. Distance: 1.9 km / 1.2 mi. Felt a bit like Disneyland with the line of tourists taking selfies there. We locked the bikes at the intersection with Glen and took it to Stewart and then to the campground and ultimately Alamere Falls. On the return trip, the sun was out and more people were hiking in, but it wasn't as busy as other hikes in Point Reyes National Seashore, like the Bear Valley Trail to Arch Rock (a hike of similar distance, and with great views of its own). Turn right and follow the Muddy Hollow Road Trail as it meanders 3.7 km (2.3 mi.) Turn right on to the Mt. The view looking down into the Estero on a clear day is spectacular, with the possibility of seeing bat rays and leopard sharks swimming just below the water's surface. Distance: 3.2 km / 2 mi. The once unobstructed views from near the summit have, since 2000, become obstructed by dense Douglas fir thickets that sprouted shortly after the 1995 Vision Fire. Way less populated than Palomarin. Limantour Spit Trail. Distance: 13.1 km / 8.2 mi. Water was shut off at wildcat. DIFFICULT 13.0 mi. One could turn left to stay on the Estero Trail and return via the White Gate and Muddy Hollow Road trails; doing so would add an extra 3 km (2 mi.) walking on sand, before returning via the same trail. we took bear valley to wildcat camp. The trail had muddy parts even though we had summer weather all week. Distance: 3 to 35 km / 2 to 22 mi. Hike to the Wildcat Campground from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. It is also a great hike for spring wildflowers. To visit Alamere Falls safely, Point Reyes National Seashore recommends hiking to Wildcat Campground and, from there, walking 1.6 km (1 mile) south on Wildcat Beach during a low tide. Alamere Falls is a dramatic sight as it cascades over a ~30 foot tall cliff onto the south end of Wildcat Beach. This is the only trail within Point Reyes National Seashore where dogs are permitted. Parking at visitor center with expected facilities such as restrooms and maps. From the Sky-Meadow trail junction, turn north on to the Sky Trail, which leads past Sky Campground before returning to the trailhead. If you choose to continue beyond the first few kilometers, you will enter a redwood forest and eventually chaparral habitat at the southern end of the trail. Feel free to use the trail maps on our Maps page to plot your own course. This area was burned by the 1995 Vision Fire, and Bishop pine trees have since started encroaching on what had previously been open grassland and coastal scrub. Everyone had the same idea today so we were turned away at Alamere Falls for traffic control, but there's another entrance! Follow the Sky Trail south through the forest all the way to the Coast Trail. 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