Magical McClures

McClures Beach in Point Reyes

McClures Beach Point Reyes National Seashore

McClures Beach is a seductive little spot: small, beautiful, and quiet. It’s easy to while away an afternoon-turned-sunset at this pocket cove in Point Reyes. Near the northern tip of the park, McClures Beach is bookended by huge rocks, making a magical and exciting little beach that’s reached by a short and somewhat steep 0.4-mile downhill hike.

Person surveying the beach at McClures Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore

Hiker sitting and looking out to the waves at McClures Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore

Person standing at McClures Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes has over 80 miles of protected shoreline, and this is one of its most remote. On your drive in to the McClures Beach parking lot you might see the mighty tule elk—this northern part of the park is a tule elk reserve. Relaxing at McClures Beach after a hike out to Tomales Point makes for a fantastic day in the park. Bring your picnic supplies and chill out, watching the massive waves crashing on shore. Mmmm … McClures.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST: In the episode "Exclamation Point!" Weekend Sherpa co-founders discuss their explorations of Point Reyes and being at McClures Beach for sunset.

The parking lot for the trailhead to McClures Beach is at the northern end of Pierce Point Rd. No dogs at the beach.

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