Mcclures Beach Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Inverness, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 236 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

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. Nice short hike down to Point Reyes National Seashore to spot birds, enjoy the ocean, avoid the crowds and have a picnic. Hike down to McClure's Beach to enjoy a day at the ocean and a picnic. It's a short hike from the parking area.

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Sun May 26 2019

Great

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Sun Mar 17 2019

A lovely, quiet and secluded beach. Head south at a negative low tide to check out Elephant Cave and Elephant Rock. The road to the McClures Beach trailhead caved in this winter, so you have to park on the side of the road with the Tomales Point hikers.

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Mon Oct 01 2018

It is beautiful beach. Good if you just want to hang out in the beach. Very short walk. Lots of jellyfish.

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Sat Aug 18 2018

This is an old family favorite. Returned six months ago for the first time in about twenty years. The hike/walk is easy and the scenery is beautiful. It’s definitely not a beach for swimming. Driving through and then above the fog on the way back was magical, as were the elk on the hill. We got out of the car and silently watched them for a while before heading home.

Mon Aug 13 2018

An easy walk down to the beach, a bit tougher getting back to the parking lot. Not so steep that you can't do it by just slowing your pace. Indeed, be wary of the sleeper waves. I got snagged by one, and it was dicey.

Sun Jun 10 2018

Fun for a quick day hike! Beautiful views for such a short distance!

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Mon Jun 04 2018

Beautiful secluded beach with interesting driftwood. Hiked here from our Point Reyes kayak-in campsite. We saw a lot of the wild elk in the walk to the trail head. My fiance proposed to me here which makes it a little extra special of course. :)

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Mon May 07 2018

easy 1.25 mile walk to this deserted beach. a bit of drift wood to be found as well as a lovely walk to the solitude.

Sat Mar 31 2018

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!

Tue Mar 27 2018

Easy and kid friendly. Beautiful drive and beach!

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Sat Feb 03 2018

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.

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Sat Nov 25 2017

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.

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Mon Nov 20 2017

Nice trailhead that leads out to beautiful beach

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Tue Jun 13 2017

Nice hike and great beach area, took a route around the southern tip to a small beach facing elephant rock

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Sun Apr 02 2017

Worth the trip back up hill, just to enjoy this "hidden" low traffic beach. Stay awhile and search the beach and tide pools for shells.

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Mon Aug 10 2015

Very short walk from the trailhead to the beach, map and my GPS says between 0.4-0.5 miles, downhill. Trail is dirt and can get muddy after a storm or in the spring. The clean, although there can be elk droppings in the sand. For the kids, shells are smaller here.

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Mon Jun 24 2013

On a very foggy morning while the elk were grazing, we ventured to the far reaches of Pierce Point Road to McClures Beach. We had this very nice remote beach on Point Reyes National Seashore all to ourselves (other than the many many birds everywhere). Great peace and quiet and gradual slope to the beach and back. Recommend this if you have 30-45 minutes to get a taste of Point Reyes!

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