0.0: From the parking lot, head up the stairs, then turn left onto Coast Trail.
2.0: Junction with Lake Ranch Trail. Stay to the left on Coast Trail.
2.76: Junction with Crystal Lake Trail. Continue straight on Coast Trail.
3.24: Junction at far end of Pelican Lake. If you don't want to go to Alamere Falls, tturn around and retrace your steps back to the trailhead. Otherwise continue straight on Coast Trail.
3.27: Junction with Alamere Falls Trail. Turn left.
3.67: Grassy knoll and first scramble down rocky shoot to falls area. If you like, cross Alamere Creek at the top of the second fall, head north a few yards, then descend a rough notch in the cliffside to the beach. When ready, retrace your steps.
7.54: Back at the trailhead.
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 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 the T intersection, turn left (street sign says Olema-Bolinas Road both ways), drive about 1 mile to the junction with Horseshoe Hill Road, then 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:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
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© 2005 Jane Huber/Bay Area Hiker