San Clemente State Beach

EASY 136 reviews

San Clemente State Beach is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Clemente, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 55 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




2 days ago

Great walk by the beach. Brought our dog and she loved it. Trail was temporarily closed off towards the end but a great place to spend the afternoon.

20 days ago

Such a beautiful trail! Amazing views!

no shade
3 months ago

Not a great walking beach. Beach Sand is getting washed out. There is no level surface on the beach to walk.

3 months ago

beautiful easy trail by the ocean.

5 months ago

Urban trail along the beach. Crowded. Nice views of homes and beaches. Designer urban planning, in a high population zone.

6 months ago

Nice stroll along the beach with ocean views!

7 months ago

Typical beach trail

7 months ago

Great place to walk if you like dogs!

9 months ago

Nice walk along the strand here. There is ample free parking nearby the main entrance to the beach. I say entrance because the railroad runs parallel to the coast here, and you can only cross in a handful of places. You walk essentially parallel to the railroad and ocean on the paved strand here. The cliffs are outstanding here and the beach is usually immaculately clean. Please pick up any litter that you see!

10 months ago

It’s a great Hike there’s some little tricks for bikers on the side of the trail. It’s good just recommend that you go early in the morning it gets pretty packed.

11 months ago

An incredibly picturesque area with all kinds of things to look at. One is my all time favorite beaches.

Wed Jan 02 2019

Love It relaxing

Wed Nov 28 2018

...another favorite...clean, with the option of walking along the ocean, if you want to get your feet wet and keep cool.

Sat Nov 24 2018

Beautiful Oceanside trail

Mon Sep 17 2018

Great walk along the beach.

Sat Apr 21 2018

Such a beautiful trail to the pier.

Mon Apr 02 2018

Extremely busy path, but the views can't be beat.

Sat Mar 03 2018

Nice dog friendly trail with lots of parking

Sun Feb 11 2018

Amazing I go on this trail all the time it’s right next to my home and it’s got amazing view of the beach.

Sat Dec 30 2017

I live close by, and try to power walk the trail a few times a week. It can be crowded, but always enjoyable.

Sun Nov 12 2017


Sun Mar 12 2017

Awesome trail!

Sat Sep 17 2016

Nice easy cool beach hike. Go early as it gets crowded.

Mon Apr 04 2016

Nice hike to the pier and back.

Mon Mar 07 2016

It's was great. Narrow path in some spots. Majority flat.

Mon Jan 04 2016

This trail is very scenic and beautiful!

Wed Aug 19 2015

Flat well groomed trail, most of which is packed decomposed granite. Very easy coastline trail that is busy most daylight hours. Bikers, runners, walkers, dogs on leashes. Not a peaceful walk by any means, but on warm days, the coastal breeze keeps you cooler than inland. Trains run parallel and frequently to the trail. Keep your eyes open, some bikers are less than considerate, as are some dog owners, leaving do-do on the path. Several entrances have paid parking and a few areas have free street parking.

Fri Jul 04 2014

One if my favorite go to spots! There are also sets if stairs if you're feeling ambitious!

Tue May 20 2014

very flat. runs along the train tracks. very busy most of the time.

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