Saturday we started out from the Palomarin trailhead near the south end of the Pt. Reyes peninsula, and hiked out 4.1 miles along the Coast Trail down to Alamere Falls. We hiked a total of 8.2 miles in about 5.5 hours, including lunch and photography, a very good pace for us. The trail was not particularly steep; the elevation gain was about 500 feet in each direction. Tom Stienstra's California Hiking rated this trail a 2/5 for difficulty and a 10/10 for scenery. A lot of scenic bang for the effort expended, in other words.
We saw a distinctive mushroom, probably a puffball, which is poisonous.
I was fascinated by this dripping tree sap.
The trail turned back toward the ocean, climbing a hill and passing two lakes. This is Bass Lake, the smaller of the two.
This is the larger one, Pelican Lake. I'm sure it would have been prettier on a sunny day.
At last we came to the turnoff for Alamere Falls. A sign indicated that the trail was unmaintained and that conditions were hazardous. It was a long, narrow descent with a lot of poison oak right beside the trail. But it brought us to a beautiful falls with many cascades. This was the highest one.
All in all, it was a great hike, and a wonderful experience of many different aspects of nature. We had dinner at the Pt. Reyes Station House Cafe, recommended by Mary from the Blackthorne Inn. Eric thought his trout was all right, but I very much enjoyed my butternut squash ravioli with cheese. We had berry pie for dinner since in was March 14th and thus pi day.