Alamere Falls, Point Reyes National Seashore

Alamere Falls, Point Reyes National Seashore

by | Aug 15, 2019

Alamere Falls is a waterfall in Point Reyes National Seashore, about 0.4 miles (0.6 km) north of Double Point and 6.5 miles (10 km) northwest of Bolinas, California. Alamere Falls is a rare “tidefall”, a waterfall that flows directly into the ocean and is one of only two in California, the other being McWay Falls.

Alamere Creek tumbles over fragile shale cliffs at the south end of Wildcat Beach. Upstream of the main Alamere Falls is the upper Alamere Falls, consisting of three separate cascades. Together, these cascades are approximately 20–30 feet (6–9 m) in height. All of these waterfalls are fed by Alamere Creek and are within the Phillip Burton Wilderness. A round trip hike of 13 miles (20 km) is required to access this spectacular spot.

The Phillip Burton Wilderness Area is named after Congressman Phillip Burton who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1964 until his death on April 10, 1983. The wilderness has 33,373 acres (13,505 ha) of forested ridges, coastal grasslands, sand dunes, and rugged shoreline. Over 100 miles (161 km) of trails provide access to the park’s wilderness where visitors may observe Tule elk on Tomales Point, harbor seals, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Estero de Limantour, and a multitude of marine invertebrates and fishes in tidepools. Read more here and here. Explore more of Alamere Falls here:

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