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Mcclures Beach Trail [CLOSED] 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.

Length 1.3 mi Elevation gain 236 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Cave Views Wild flowers Wildlife Closed No shade No dogs
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Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. 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.

There is a large parking area and public restrooms at the trailhead.

Point Reyes National Seashore 1 Bear Valley Rd. Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Visitor Information 415-464-5100 x2 663-8522 x2 (local toll-free from 663- or 669- prefix in 415 area code) Backcountry Camping 415-464-5100 x2 x5 663-8522 x2 x5 (local toll-free from 663- or 669- prefix in 415 area code) Headquarters 415-464-5100 x1 Volunteer Information 415-464-5225 Education Programs 415-464-5139 California Travel and Tourism Commission, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Bear Valley Visitor Center: Travel north on Bear Valley Road to Inverness Park. Continue northward on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (do not turn right). Follow this park road through Inverness as it begins to bear westward. Past Inverness the road forks. Take the right side of the fork, which is Pierce Point Road. McClure's Beach Trail begins from the third trailhead along Pierce Point Road.

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Ivan Gonzalez
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Rakesh Parikh
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Went there yesterday. Super super crowded. Cars were not allowed 2 miles from the trail. Had to walk 2 miles to the main parking area and then another 0.6 miles to the beach. Long stretch of beach. No shade. Difficult reach to the beach with stuff.

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Karyn Brown
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A Easy trail that leads to the ocean! Definitely bring a sweater for the afternoon wind. Be prepared for the uphill at the end of your beach visit. If you keep walking to the left of the beach is another hidden beach. Be careful as the afternoon progresses the wind increases the waves on that side. Many hidden “caves” on that side. A great escape from the recent social distancing. Not many people there, and love the way you restrooms by the parking area.

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Professor Bougboug
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Great

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Katsy Pline
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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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Blesi LoRusso
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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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C P
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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.

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Geoff Davis
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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.

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

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Nicki A
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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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Tanya Arria
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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.

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Margarita Vicencio
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Easy and kid friendly. Beautiful drive and beach!

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Lucrecia McDermott
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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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Tricia Day
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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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Shiva Sharifi
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Nice trailhead that leads out to beautiful beach

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

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James Shearer
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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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Nathan Nguyen
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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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Bill Watson
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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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Michael Martin
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Terrestrial Fish
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David Reiley
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Kaleena Geeston
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Bill Fraser
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Brian Casey
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Amy McC
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DeeDee Kim
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Nathan Spidell
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