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easy trail. done it with little kids w/o a problem. beautiful views of the cliffs, ocean and of course the elephant seal. i was expecting to see more flowers though.

Loved it! Super easy!

27 days ago

A short hike down to the beach that leads to incredible views of the ocean, rocks to climb on, and a beautiful place for a sunset. Will be back!

Beautiful, easy walk. Many trail bikers too

Easy and kid friendly. Beautiful drive and beach!

Short trail, good for kids, our kids enjoyed picking fennel leaves and sour grass, and they loved gallivanting on the beach.

Great hike when you want something short and simple but with stellar views. I wasn’t aware that I would get to see elephant seals so that was a nice surprise!

Easy hike for kids and being dog friendly is a huge bonus.
Views are gorgeous. Parking is busy but didn’t have to wait long (came around 3 pm on gorgeous Saturday)
Easy access to additional trails

hiking
2 months ago

Found parking difficult, probably because of the beach. Nice trail though and only a few other pups which is good for our not so good pup. It’s also very narrow and exposed so bring sunscreen and water.

scenic driving
2 months ago

This was a nice little 10 min walk from the parking lot to the beach. So just a little heads up, there are restrooms, however there are no sinks and the toilets don’t flush, there are no toilet seat covers so bring your own or be ready to squat. I walked with my 15 month old son in a carrier, this was easy on the way down to the beach, on the way back up the hill, it was a bit tough with all of his extra weight plus the backpack I had on, just take your time going up. There are not a ton of people at this location, which is nice for a chill day, it was beautiful, it’s like hiking a trail, then you start hearing the beach, turn a corner and boom! Ocean! We brought lunch and a blanket, walked around the waves were a bit intense, so no one was swimming, but you could put your feet in, this a great place to take pictures, we saw a bunch of elk on a mountain on our way back to our car.

Easy hike with nice views. Parking and beach access available at both ends. No restrooms.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a wonderful short, easy hike. Amazing views and even elephant seals that you can see below on the beach from the cliffs. Highly recommend.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

Great views and easy hiking for small kids!

very short trail a bit of hill in the beginning and at the turn around but nothing too crazy. the biggest thing is that the parking lot is not to the South of the restaurant as is mentioned in the description but actually to the North. Additionality, the start finish parking lot recommended here is a bit small so I recommend parking at the larger lot at Gray Whale Cove then hiking south to Montara opposed to starting at Montara and hiking north to Gray Whale Cove.

hiking
3 months ago

Stunning views of the Pacific, Bodega Bay, and the harbor and town.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice view along the trail. Easy walk most of the way. Most of the trail is quite exposed, so make sure wear sunscreen. The trail is probably more suited for cooler days (like winter), I imagine it’d be too hot and too exposed for hot summer days.

At least half of this hike was on pavement.

Fun and beautiful.

Really beautiful and not much crowd

hiking
5 months ago

McClure's Beach trail is about a 15 minute walk down hill. As you get closer to the beach you first hear the waves and then a beautiful beach is revealed at the end of the hike. Along the way, keep on the lookout for elk in the hills. Beautiful sheltered beach to watch sunset. Be careful of sleeper waves here. It's an uphill trek back to the parking lot.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trailhead that leads out to beautiful beach

Simple trailhead that leads out to a beautiful beach

hiking
5 months ago

Simple trailhead that leads out to a beautiful beach

CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES! This is a beautiful hike that I take my pup on. Today my dad joined us and we went all the way to the top and he got a sharp pain. We checked his shoe and there was nothing. He kept going and the pain continued. Later we found the piece of glass that went sideways into his shoe and was stabbing him. We all like to have a good time but please clean your stuff up and pack it out (it’s even lighter than when you carried it full)

So sad, this is a beautiful hike with amazing views that I highly recommend. Just wanted to give a heads up to fellow hikers.

Beautiful views

hiking
6 months ago

This trail has STUNNING views! Whales were breaching just off the coast. The trails has gentle slopes (where not flat) after a slight incline out of the parking area. The first section of the trail can be dense with vegetation, including poison oak; walking single file and carefully is key. Shortly after beginning the trail widens and wildflowers line the trails.

Did this with my son in the backpack half the way and walking the other.
I saw 5 people in total so not a lot of traffic for 3 hours.
The footing is unstable due to all the leaves so bring shoes with grooves.
Shaded all the way and got cold, I put his sweater on.
I deducted one star as they were running some infernal machine near the HQ which ruined half my hike till they shut it down additionally the Iverson cabin is not a cabin but a place where the cabin once was and next to it are some hideous falling apart ranger housing? which is ultra-lame they should fix them and not run machinery on the day of the Lord.

Other than that I'd say, this is an excellent trail for quiet walking especially when it is hot in the bay.
$10 entrance fee, cash using envelope

Half the trail is along the road which makes it not very scenic to walk through. It's ok for a quick stroll.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy 1.9 out and back. Views of Drakes Bay to one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. On a clear day, you can see the Farallon Islands 20 miles off the coast, and commercial ships approaching San Francisco Bay.

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