Drakes Beach Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Inverness, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 114 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching






no shade

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Hike from the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor center along Drakes Beach. Enjoy shore birds and other coastal wildlife. Walk alongside the shoreline.

Fri Jan 04 2019

best beach i have ever been to

Sun Jul 30 2017

This was a lovely beach walk. Serene setting and not highly trafficked.

Fri May 19 2017

Easy trail, definitely worth it if you are interested in watching seals

Mon May 15 2017

Starting from the end of Drake Beach Road, we parked next to the Drakes Bay Oyster company restaurant [now closed and shut down, but there is now the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center] and strolled out to the beach and took a right heading toward Chimney Rock. The cliffs reminded us of the Cliffs of Dover and the beach was pretty much deserted except for the seagulls. Great walk, beautiful views and solitude.

7 months ago

Mon Apr 01 2019

Sat May 12 2018

Sat Apr 08 2017