Alamere Falls — 8 miles (there and back) of some of the most varied California terrain I’ve ever encountered on one hike and completely worth the sweaty, dust covered, famished ride back to the city.
On the journey to the falls, we passed glistening lakes, stopped in front of sweeping ocean views, strolled through dense forests of giant redwoods, and ducked under tunnels of overgrown flora.
Towards the end of the hike as you’re nearing the falls, the cliff drops down to the beach below. Tourists morph into mountain goats and suddenly you’re covered in dust from head to toe (all black hiking outfit not recommended). When we arrived, we slid down steep hills, more than once feeling wildly out of control on our way down. We explored little nooks and crannies along the coast and poked the sea kelp that washed ashore with our toes. Our shoes were soaked with what felt like the sub-zero Pacific Ocean incoming tide as we darted around rocks planted on the shore.
Despite the challenging climb down to the base of the falls, this series of waterfalls, staggered on the side of the mountain, are, though seeming slightly out of place, spectacular. (Bonus: strong post-hike sense of accomplishment).
-Pack snacks, water, and hand sanitizer or baby wipes (for dust covered hands)
-Be aware that going to the base of the falls may not be for everyone — it is extremely steep and requires sure footing at all times
-Be sure to bring a light jacket for when you arrive at the falls