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Hiking Bay Area Falls

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Hiking Bay Area Falls

Karla

I've seen this hike all over social media, so I wanted to give it a try. The drive from Sacramento is a bit long; approximately 2.5 hours. Being Ms. Yelper, I used Yelp to get the directions (bad move, if you asked me). You can search Palomarin Trail Head-Alamere Falls on your GPS, but I have provided the directions using Google Maps. Parking is on a paved road and free. The drive up to the parking is very bumpy and dusty. A parking ranger guided me through the paved road and told me where to park.

We started our hike at the Coastal Trail which led us to Alamere Falls. This part of the hike is easy and evenly paved path. The view of the ocean was beautiful. The ocean breeze kept us cool as the sun was beaming on us.  As soon as we saw the Alamere Falls sign, the path became narrower. Poison oak is present throughout the vegetation, so be careful!

There were two falls before the beach. The Wildcat Beach or Wildcat Campground overlooks the beach. I would definitely come back here to camp! Now, the next part of the hike can be challenging. If you don’t have the proper shoes, I would suggest staying back and enjoying the view from the Wildcat Campground.  The hike down to the beach is very rocky and requires swift moves. Then we have reached our destination – the infamous Alamere Falls.

The hike is about 7.5 miles / 4 hours round trip

My advice
- bring water and snacks
- dri fit clothing and hiking shoes 
- be careful stepping into the falls as the rocks can be very slippery