Many people know about my obsession with waterfalls, so when I heard about this one falling onto a beach…
—I was very excited! For months, I was telling friends about it and planned trips to do the hike just weren’t working out. You know how it’s weird to go see a movie by yourself? —well that’s sort of how it feels doing a hike alone the first few times; In some ways, you'll find going solo is the best way to explore. So this was one of those. I still really like showing people the cool places I’ve found or discovering them together, but going alone has its unique pleasures too; Aside from being able to set my inconsistent pace of moving fast to going slow for photos, sometimes I’ll just be weird and quietly stand still feeling the mood a setting creates.
Just above the main waterfall are three small waterfalls stepping down to the flat plateau which Alamere falls off onto the beach.
This hike was 4 miles each way of alternating coastal views to dark wet tunnels through trees. I’d say it’s a medium difficulty trail as it has a lot of ups and downs with a very steep cutout in a cliff as you make your way down to the beach.
Whenever there’s a beach, I’ve always got to walk down it as far as daylight will permit.
The cliffside got extremely tall and there were several little caves—one of them pretty close to Wildcat Campground has a small crawl space opening which widens into a larger room that you can stand on your knees in. Further down, the beach became very flat leaving a thin layer of water over the sand which created a beautifully clear reflection of the cliffs; I felt like I was walking on glass. The tide was coming in and I had the long hike to do before the sun went down, so when I finally reached the distant landmark I mentally noted as the turnaround point—I was surprised to see that landmark was actually a huge sea column carved out of the cliffside!