Parking at commonwealth parking 2.25 mls walk to the entrance of the trail. Carry binoculars and a field guide to birds as you walk along the crest of Limantour Spit. What I don’t understand is that if the hike it’s open why they have not clear the trails and why they don’t put a sign on the trail to palomares beach that it’s no safe to do down. 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Visitors who disregard trail closures may endanger themselves and any potential rescuers, harm threatened and endangered species, exacerbate erosion, or prevent new sections of trail from properly hardening, which results in the degradation of the trail surface, which in turn may require the closing of the trail for repair. Please be sure to leave gates as you find them: if they are closed, please close them after passing through. Download a map of the Bear Valley area indicating the areas and trails closed due to the Woodward Fire. McWay Falls is the other tidefall and it is in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur. Beautiful coastal views on that little side trip though. Distance: approx. Point Reyes south trail map : Palomarin Bass Lake, Alamere Falls, Wildcat Camp, Glen Camp, Olema Valley, Five Brooks, Bear Valley, Coast Trail, Mt Wittenberg, Sky Camp, Bolinas Ridge : … Check out our Tomales Point, Pierce Point Ranch, and the Tule Elk Reserve page for more information about visiting this beautiful location. It's a road less traveled -only passed one person on the way and 2 groups on horseback). Please observe all trail closures and barriers. 8 km / 5 mi. Turn left to return to the Bear Valley Trailhead. 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. Every now and then, with little to no warning, coastal erosion results in cliff faces collapsing. My husband and I did this trail 9/23/15 and went down to the falls. There may be standing water on the trail in the Glenbrook Creek area during winter and spring. One of the best areas of the trail (about 3/4 of the way to Wildcat camp) was the below mossy, ferny forest. A thirty-minute detour to the north on the Coast Trail will bring you to Kelham Beach. 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 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. 04.30.17 Sunday hike!!! Updates will be posted to our Current Conditions page and social media channels. Wittenberg trail junction, continue along the Mt. Saw a deer on the way. A spur trail goes from here to the craggy overlook of Double Point, a favorite place for whale watching in March. The route starts along the wooded confines of Bear Valley Creek, climbing not too steeply to an open saddle (Divide Meadow) at 350 feet, then slowly descends another forested ravine (Coast Creek) to an overlook of the ocean. Wittenberg. The Palomarin entrance is more popular and thus more crowded, especially on the weekends. Length 17.4 miElevation gain 2949 ftRoute type Out & back Bear Valley Picnic area via Bear Valley Trail and Glen. The Estero Trail head west out of the valley floor through some coastal scrub up and over a ridge before descending into another valley and crossing the Glenbrook Creek. Distance: 2.5 km / 1.6 mi. Distance: 1.1 km / 0.7 mi. 3. Soon, you’ll reach a sign on the left that points to Alamere Falls through some brush. Additional information and tips about hiking may be found on our Hiking at Point Reyes National Seashore page. No. Note: Due to the Woodward wildfire that started on Monday, August 17, all trails west of Bear Valley Trail and south & east of Limantour Road are closed to all entry until further notice. (Osaze Cuomo/Shutterstock) The Z Ranch Trail brings you to the 0.6 km (0.4 mi.) At Windy Gap, one can look east down into White Gulch where there is a spring to which the tule elk are attracted. A bridge crossing the short stream connecting a couple of the lagoons is located 1.6 km (1 mi.) Great hike ! It's 14 miles, which I wish we had known before we invited friends with kids. GOVT SHUTDOWN cond as of 1/21/19: trails were in rough shape but completely doable. Make sure to grab a trail map and follow it carefully. to Wildcat Beach Hike to Alamere Falls. Many trails lead to Wildcat Campground, but the most commonly used routes are: the 8.8-km (5.5-mile) hike from the Palomarin Trailhead* via the Coast Trail; the 10.1-km (6.3-mile) hike from the Bear Valley Trailhead via the Bear Valley, Glen, and Stewart Trails; or the 10.7-km (6.7-mile) hike from the Five Brooks Trailhead via the Stewart Trail. (Note: According the NPS, Alamere Falls Trails is closed. 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. The Limantour Spit Trail branches off to the west just before you get to the sand dunes. Continue south 0.6 km (0.4 mi.) The falls, located within the Phillip Burton Wilderness on the south end of Wildcat Beach are 30+ feet high with several drops. It passes connections for the Mt Wittenberg Trail (.2 miles) and Meadow Trail (.8 miles) to a break in the forest at Divide Meadow (1.65 miles : 365'). ), 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. 415-464-5111. Distance: 12 km / 7.4 mi. The trailhead for this hike is located along the Pierce Point Road. toward the estero before making a sharp bend to the north. Distance to the bridge across Home Bay: 3.2 km / 2 mi. It an annual pilgrimage for my family. Wonderful trail, quieter than the trail starting at the popular Palomarin trailhead. This is the best trail in the area for walking a dog. We locked the bikes at the intersection with Glen and took it to Stewart and then to the campground and ultimately Alamere Falls. Distance: 5 km / 3 mi. It is possible to walk from Wildcat Camp to Alamere Falls on the beach, but only at a low tide. Keep your eyes open for hawks and shorebirds. After 120 meters (400 feet), turn off of the paved driveway onto the relatively level gravel path. The official route to Alamere Falls from the Palomarin Trailhead is 13.8 miles, taking you through Wildcat Campground. Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead, climbing either the Mt. Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead, at the south end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot. Distance: 1.9 km / 1.2 mi. Download the Woodpecker Trail Guide. Distance: 3.2 km / 2 mi. 6. Several benches along the way offer great resting spots in the shade. 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. we took bear valley to wildcat camp. The Sunset Beach Trail branches to the right 4 km (2.5 mi.) Notice: The Point Reyes Beach between Abbotts Lagoon and the North Beach parking lot is closed to all access on weekends and federal holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend due to nesting snowy plovers. Distance: 0.8 km / 0.5 mi. ). All that remains of the ranch are eucalyptus trees that were planted to protect the ranch from the wind. It was easy to navigate down to the beach and the falls if you keep following the signs to the wildcat campground, but hiking back out you can take the wrong trail if not careful . Allow fifteen minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Muddy Hollow Trailhead, which is located off of Limantour Road. along the trail. Turn right on to the Mt. Open ocean views are plentiful along the last 0.8 km (0.5 mi.) Harbor seals are frequently seen poking their heads up out of the water beyond the breakers. The Arch Rock trail has been closed until further notice due to the arch's collapse as a result of coastal erosion. Gorgeous views and standing in Alamere Falls at the halfway mark (if you are doing a day hike) and feeling the cool fresh water and mist is a good break for your hike back. It can be windy and exposed, with only occasional canopy overhead. You may hike with your dog on this trail. Hiking at Point Reyes National Seashore A short path leads up to a replica of a Coast Miwok Indian village. From here, take the same beach route as the Palomarin Long Route. To Camp and Falls: Return the way you came. An interpretive brochure describing some plants and animals you may see can be obtained at the trailhead or at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Thank you for your cooperation. Point Reyes Station, CA Education Programs Fog can limit visibility and and wind can make this hike more challenging. Great if you are backpacking to one of the camps. 5. Look for elusive brush rabbits, bobcats, and mountain lions, which are occasionally sighted in this area. Turn right and follow the Muddy Hollow Road Trail as it meanders 3.7 km (2.3 mi.) A short paved loop explores the San Andreas Fault Zone. On a Thursday morning not many people after the cutoff at the bike rack. (6,943 kb PDF). On a sunny day or a moonlit night, enjoy the expansive feeling of this open space offering views of Olema Valley. But this trail proved us wrong. You will take the Coast Trail to Wildcat Camp, then hike south down the beach until you see the falls. 7. Allow 25 minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead. This open trail through the Tule Elk Reserve offers spectacular views of Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. The hike begins at the Bear Valley Trailhead, located at the south end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot. From this junction, a 0.6 km (0.4 mi.) Great trail! Definitely too difficult and rough for a stroller lots of ups and down the whole way. The trail is paved (but possibly covered in sand) for about 400 meters (0.25 miles). It was awesome. Bear Valley Mountain 2280 State Route 207 PO BOX 5038 Bear Valley, CA 95223 Phone: 1-209-753-2301 fun@bearvalley.com If you choose to continue to Wildcat you'll be rewarded with ocean and lake views and a beautiful beach. The trail has suffered serious dam… Easy peasy. Distance: 6.4 km / 4 mi. About 1.5 miles further on, you will find the Alamere Falls trail junction. from the trailhead; follow it 2.1 km (1.3 mi) to get to Sunset Beach, which is more of a wetland now, rather than a beach. Bathrooms at bear valley and wildcat were open. Restrooms and water available at Wildcat Camp. View of Double Point and Alamere Falls from the Coast Trail The trail then descends through open scrub to Wildcat Camp. 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). to one's hike. A flat trail through Kehoe Marsh and out to Kehoe Beach. Wittenberg trail junction, one may turn north along the Z Ranch Trail and then follow the Horse Trail back to the trailhead. Interpretive signs provide information about the San Andreas Fault, the 1906 earthquake, and the geology of the area. ... 16.8 mi: Pass the spur trail to Alamere Falls. Lots of trees down over the trails (to climb over). The Bear Valley Trail rises on a gravel path through grassy meadows into a thick fir forest. I followed this route to visit Wildcat Beach and the Ocean Lake. Take the Greenpicker Trail for about 1 mile until you reach a junction. This is 13.7 miles roundtrip, and approximately 1985' total roundtrip elevation gain. From the Sky-Meadow trail junction, turn north on to the Sky Trail, which leads past Sky Campground before returning to the trailhead. From Kule Loklo, return on the same trail, or continue around the horse pasture to return via the Morgan Horse Ranch. 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. All trails south of Limantour Road and Bear Valley Road, west of the Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road and Rift Zone Trail, and north of Stewart Trail are closed until further notice due to the Woodward Fire. 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. All listed distances are round trip. We got distracted and missed a turn that added an extra mile and a half and a strenuous climb on the Coast Trail to an already long hike. If one were to do the route clockwise, one would head south on the Muddy Hollow Trail for 0.5 km (0.3 mi.) Because of the Falls’ … Before starting out on this journey, I read that the hike to Alamere Falls was just over 8 miles. A bridge spanning the breach offers a good location to watch from birds, bat rays, and leopard sharks. After 1 km (0.6 mi. Turn left. Distance: 6.9 km / 4.3 mi. Allow five minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Bolinas Ridge Trailhead, which is east of Olema on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. 94956. “Arch rock” collapsed some time ago, though, so don’t expect that. There are a few variations to the Alamere Falls hike that will vary in mileage. Allow 35 minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the McClures Beach Trailhead, located at the end of the Pierce Point Road, below Pierce Point Ranch to the west. Please note, the old Alamere Falls trail is closed indefinitely due to storm damage and erosion. 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, Tomales Point, Pierce Point Ranch, and the Tule Elk Reserve. As an alternative Bear Valley trail is very nice for biking. A spectacular hike with views of Drakes Bay and the Pacific Ocean and renowned for great spring wildflowers. Take Bear Valley Trail to Coastal and/or Glen Trails to get to Wildcat Beach and Camp. Distance to Windy Gap: 3.2 km / 2 mi. This hike is good for kids if they are fairly strong hikers as it is a bit long: very easy to follow trails, shallow grades, varied and beautiful country, and a gorgeous ocean vista at the end. From the Z Ranch-Mt. oh and to the last reviewer who said the trail was overgrown they just cleared it. Caution: Most trails in the park are overgrown with grass and annuals. If you wish to visit Alamere Falls or other locations accessed via the Palomarin Trailhead, arrive early, or consider visiting mid-week. Explore the beauty that Point Reyes has to offer. This is the Bear … The Coast Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore extends for 16.5 miles along the southern edge of the Point Reyes peninsula, from the Palomarin trailhead near Bolinas, northwards to a spur off Limantour Road. 8. 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. Dogs must be on a six-foot or shorter leash at all times. Alamere Falls is a beautiful waterfall deep within the Phillip Burton Wilderness. Make your perfect outing even better by eating at Cafe Reyes in Point Reyes Station. 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.) we timed that right. This open trail through the Tule Elk Reserve offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and is a prime wildlife viewing trail. Download a map indicating the area and trails closed due to the Woodward Fire. Haha. (We had to run through and then the waves would crash 10 ft up the cliff). It does not go to Wildcat and Alamere Falls as indicated in the title, which would be a considerably longer and more strenuous hike. Continue an extra 0.9 km (0.5 mi.) To Bear Valley Station: http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/directions.htm Here again, you still have to get past the rock formation to reach the falls. the falls are not flowing due to it being the end of summer but it was still beautiful and worth the hike.i would say moderate because of the length and climbing down to the falls was a little bit difficult but I'd do it again. Alamere Falls is a beautiful waterfall deep within the Phillip Burton Wilderness. Permits must be picked up at Bear Valley Visitor Center before the trip. Take note: it is also the site of multiple search-and-rescue operations each year. See the description in the "Three-to six-hour hikes" section below for more information. Advisory: Stick to the official trail and stay away from the bluff tops. See all Lands End Trail reviews Alamere Falls - Point Reyes National Seashore. This trail through open grassland offers outstanding views of Drakes and Limantour Esteros, and of the locally rich bird life. Trails are closed for a variety of reasons, such as for visitor safety, to protect endangered species, to prevent erosion, and/or to allow new sections of trail to harden. 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. From the the Z Ranch-Mt. Not 5 stars because there wasn't much to look at during the hike. Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 mi. This hike begins on the Laguna Trail with a slight climb and then descends to the Coast Campground via the Fire Lane Trail. Doing it this way cuts down the time commitment considerably! Wittenberg. This pleasant stroll through mixed Douglas fir forest and along Bear Valley Creek to Divide Meadow and along Coast Creek beyond Divide Meadow is largely sheltered from sun, wind, and coastal fog. Beware of g… For directions to trailheads, visit our Directions to Park Destinations page. Alamere Falls was enjoyable, if not a little crowded. By Phone Would I do it again? Fog and wind can make this hike challenging. Please see the advisory about the collapse of part of the bluff near the north end of Tomales Point. A nice varied hike, through mixed Douglas fir forest, meadows, and coastal scrub with coastal views and beach access. ” 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. An easy stroll through open grasslands and coastal scrub with good spring wildflowers and excellent birding, especially in the fall and winter. The first 5 km (3 mi.) Backcountry Camping With close to 240 kilometers (150 miles) of hiking trails, these are just a few of the routes visitors can follow while visiting the park. Distance: 15 km / 9.4 mi. Follow the Horse Trail to Z Ranch Trail and turn right. Glen via Bear Valley Trail. The trail to Windy Gap is relatively level. Allow fifteen minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Laguna Trailhead, which is located off of Limantour Road. Visitor Information This is a easy one way trail to Alamere Falls in Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. This is the only trail within Point Reyes National Seashore where dogs are permitted. Wittenberg trail to the junction with the Sky Trail. This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc. Special Use Permits Then, upon arriving in Point Reyes, a sign at the Palomarin trailhead informed me that the hike is actually 14 miles long.Wait, what? There is a rack at the end of the Bear Valley trail and you can hike from there. trail which leads to the summit of Mt. Allow 35 minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Tomales Point Trailhead, located at the north end of Pierce Point Road. Allow 25 minutes driving time from Bear Valley to the Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead. The falls are a dramatic sight as water cascades over a ~30 foot tall cliff onto the south end of Wildcat Beach. trail leads to the summit of Mt. It is basically a fire road and very well maintained. Monitor tide chart but the Beach Walk is best! You'll take a short side trail to the left which will bring you back to the fire road, and the Ridge Trail will begin on the other side of the fire road. 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). It is 1 of only 6 tidefalls in North America. We were the only ones on the trail till we got closer to the camp site. 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. The trail quickly meets up with the Coast Trail which you will follow almost all the way to Alamere Falls. Very overgrown! Climb the Sky Trail with some limited views of the ocean and continue through the woods to the Horse Trail. 415-464-5100 x2 We had a great time except we wore the wrong shoes! Some tips to maximize your trip: take the extra half mile to take the spur trail out to arch rock! Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead, at the south end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot. An old, breached stockpond dam is located 1.8 km (1.1 mi.) This hike provides easier access to the highest point on the Point Reyes Peninsula with only 225 meters (750 feet) of elevation gain. The trail continues through Cyprus and Douglas fir groves, filled with patches of mushrooms and even the occasional newt. This trail begins at the southeast corner of the Bear Valley Picnic Area, just across the access road from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. To access the lower falls, continue north to Wildcat Camp and at low tide, walk south.) Drop to the beach, and walk 1.15 miles south to the falls. Allow 45 minutes driving time from Bear Valley. If one were to hike 1.5 km (0.9 mi.) We especially love hiking to Alamere Falls. Mount Wittenberg Loop. Went during the week, to my surprise! Only if my endurance level is higher(; but the wild life on the trail was amazing. south to Drakes Head. north on the Coast Trail, one would be able to descend to Kelham Beach via the 150 m (500 ft.) long Kelham Beach Trail. Distance: approx. Interpretive signs briefly describe Coast Miwok culture and history and the structures in the village. falls were easily accessible,but we did check the tide forecast so planned it around low tide. 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. Start this hike at the Limantour Beach parking lot. Fissures Near the Chimney Rock Trail - updated December 22, 2015. I am not an affiliate...my family just really love eating their wood fired pizza's. Once you get to Wildcat camp you can skip the extra few miles of trail and walk a mile up the beach to Alamere Falls, just making sure to be very careful of the tide schedule. Following the path downstream through riparian habitat, hikers will eventually arrive at Estero de Limantour and Limantour Beach. 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. It is on my list of things to do. 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