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Thornton Beach Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Daly City, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 150 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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A gorgeous stretch of sandy beach this walk offers scenic views of the Pacific Ocean.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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9 months ago

Ok hike, a bit confusing and we went off trail.

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10 months ago

This was actually such a confusing hike. There was a parking lot to park at, but you have to go under the ropes and follow the alltrails map to guide you to the start of the trail. After that, it becomes very single file, heel to toe walking in sand. You almost can't even see the trail because it's a small trail with a lot of ground plants on the side. The view is nice, yes, but you really have to pay attention to the map or else you'll go off trail. I ended up hiking up and down some random hills before I finally reached the parking lot again. I couldn't even find the way down to the beach. It was an interesting hike overall, but it wasn't the best hike for a small group since we had to walk single file the whole time, but it also doesn't seem safe to hike alone.

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Fri May 24 2019

Beautiful hike along coastal Daly City. I would say accessible to most people but there are a definitely few tricky spots. With all the rain we’ve had in NorCal there are a few spots on the trail that have eroded so watch out for that. Will definitely be back!

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Wed May 02 2018

Easy to locate, free parking although spots are limited, dog friendly. My boyfriend, dog and I enjoyed this last minute hike after visiting family in Daly City. Beautiful views while hiking on the trails among the cliffs below the look out point, or you can walk along the beach. We will definitely be back.

Sun Feb 11 2018

Beautiful scenery with many route options. We ended at 2.5 miles and not the 1.5 listed. We were able to hike down to the beach for easy waking with surrounding dogs.

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Thu Feb 01 2018

good sunset view along the beach,so beautiful!some people riding around in there.

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Mon Oct 23 2017

Perfect trail for viewing sunset on the ocean!

Mon Jul 31 2017

Beautiful views, not very accessible.

Mon Jun 12 2017

The trail can be really windy. Jackets are recommended.

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Wed May 17 2017

Really fun walk with my 3yr old with people horseback riding, whales viewable in the distance, tree forts along the way, and the beach at the bottom (getting there is the one tricky part with a little one).

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Fri May 05 2017

Beautiful hike along the beach. You get to see horses, ravens flying high into the sky, occasionally people paragliding or hang gliding, etc. There so many little hide outs and hangs out underneath all these branches built like a tent. Totally a great getaway to spend quality time with friends and nature, even a romantic hike with your loved one. There is steepness to it, sandy throughout, narrow, but overall not that difficult.

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Mon Jan 16 2017

Beautiful sunset overlook located at the main entrance.

Mon Nov 21 2016

beautiful view.

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Sun Jul 10 2016

The view was amazing! Plus there was a swing along the trail. So much fun :)

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Thu Mar 24 2016

Wonderful

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