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McClures Beach

Intermediate

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0.4 mile 0.6 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -190' -58 m
High: 226' 69 m
Low: 36' 11 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

Short, steep track down to the crashing surf at McClures Beach

Megan W

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail is often tacked on after completing the Tomales Point Trail. It parallels a ravine that can become a rushing torrent after a winter storm. After passing a patch of eroded sandstone, the beach is revealed. Enjoy poking around in the tidepools at the south end of the beach.

There is another beach just to the south of McClures, past a gap in the rocky point, but only visit this if the tide is low and going out (!). Swimming is definitely NOT recommended at either beach. Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

This trail is located within the Pt. Reyes Nat. Seashore elk preserve so you are nearly guaranteed to see some of the ~450 native tule elk which live here. In September the male elk are in their rut, so listen for bugling and crashing antlers.

Other wildlife include mountain lion, raccoon, rabbits, birds and non-venomous snakes. Wildflowers (especially poppies and lupine) are abundant April-June.

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Aug 5, 2018
K&A Best
Jul 29, 2017
K Mitchum
Jul 20, 2017
K Mitchum
Jun 11, 2017
Randy Carnley
Nice short hike and great beach. Proceeded around the southern point to a small beach with views of Elephant Rock 3mi
Apr 14, 2017
Amy Zesiger

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McClures Beach
Feb 19, 2015 near Inverness, CA
Entrace to McClure's Beach
Mar 25, 2015 near Inverness, CA

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