Approximately 45 minutes from San Francisco, at the southernmost
tip of the Point Reyes National Seashore you will find the Palomarin
Trailhead. Depending on your abilities
and desire, you can take a day hike to the Alamere falls, about 5.5 miles from
the start of the trailhead. Or, take an
out-and-back hike on the Coast Trail, turning around at whatever point you
like. The bulk of the trail is flat,
with only mild undulations in a few spots.
At nearly all times the Pacific Ocean will regale you on your left side, with
majestic coastal forests on your other side.
The entire loop is a moderate 10 mile semi-loop hike. Alert:
Bikes and dogs are not allowed on the trails. Poison oak thrives here, so no
scrambling! Trail conditions on the
coast can change rapidly so bring layers and appropriate rain gear. The coastal cliffs are unstable. Obey the signs and view the falls from safety
points- these are well marked and should be observed!
This is an all day hike.
Head out in the morning, pack a lunch and have an unforgettable
California Coastal experience. Sunset
in April will be around 7:00 p.m.- if
you find yourself on the trail as the sun goes down you will be treated
to a memorable event backlighting the Farallon Islands.
Top off your day by stopping in Stinson Beach and having
dinner and wine at the Sand Dollar Inn, established 1926.
From US 101 in Marin
County, exit CA 1/Mill Valley/Stinson Beach. Drive on Shoreline Highway to the
junction with Almonte, about 1 mile. Turn left on CA 1 and drive about 2.5
miles to the junction with Panoramic. Continue straight on CA 1 about 13 miles
to an unsigned junction with Olema-Bolinas Road (just past Bolinas Marsh). Turn
left. Drive 0.1 mile to a T intersection with Olema-Bolinas Road, turn left,
drive about 1 mile to the junction with Horseshoe Hill Road, and again, turn
left. Drive to the next stop sign, then turn right onto Mesa Road. Drive about
4 miles, then continue the last 1 mile on the dirt road to the trailhead at the
end of the road.
GPS coordinates for trailhead:
Denice Barsness; CRA, COMT, ROUB, FOPS