The hike to Alamere Falls in Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the best Bay Area gems and a landmark for any park enthusiast. It's almost a rite of passage to touch the falls, and like anything worth seeing, you will need all day to access it. This is a moderate to strenuous 13-mile roundtrip hike with ocean views, backcountry lakes and lush vegetation. You will want to bring plenty of water and snacks, or consider reserving a campsite at Wildcat Camp and make a weekend of it. The unique waterfall generates from Alamere Creek, which falls over the coastal bluffs right onto the beach, and is one of only two falls in the state like this. The falls remain all year, but are best after winter and spring rains.
To get to Alamere Falls, park at the Palomarin trailhead in the southern end of the park. You will take the Coast Trail to Wildcat Camp, then hike south down the beach until you see the falls. Please note, the old Alamere Falls trail is closed indefinitely due to storm damage and erosion. Depending on the season, you may want to consider a swim in nearby Bass Lake (be aware that no lifeguard is on duty), and be careful for poison oak and stinging nettle. Once you approach Wildcat Camp you can access the beach, where you want to go south about a mile down the beach towards the falls.