Point Reyes: McClures Beach, Photo Gallery, San Francisco: Marin Headlands - Mt Tamalpais - Point Reyes, California
Point Reyes: McClures Beach
San Francisco: Marin Headlands - Mt Tamalpais - Point Reyes
Distance from the main visitor center and a steep access trail keep crowds light at McClures Beach, an idyllic crescent framed by tall bluffs and pounding waves. Swimming and surfing are not permitted at McClures Beach due to strong undertow, rip tides and active White Shark population just off shore. Restrictions aside, this is arguably one of Point Reyes' most compelling beaches for its size, scenery and isolation.
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A divisive headland on the south end of McClures Beach can be safely crossed at low tide to reach another scenic, secluded beach
Despite a relatively short hike, distance from the Visitor Center keeps crowds light at McClures Beach
Sea stacks are eroded remains of headlands that once stood much further out in the ocean
Sneaker waves are defined as unusually large and powerful waves that reach much higher up the shore than normal waves
McClures Beach sees lighter traffic than other more easily reached beaches in Point Reyes
The Tomales Point Trail runs north from McClures Beach up the tapering cusp of the seashore
The south cove is accessible at low tide, a great place to see buffeted sea stacks just off shore
White sharks are known to patrol the waters of McClures Beach, in proximity to seal colonies that haul out along the Tomales Point peninsula
Signs of raccoon, coyote and deer are fairly common on the beaches of Point Reyes
Looking north up McClures Beach
Sneaker waves can bring sea debris onshore with great force; surf logs are of particular danger to beach goers
Spring wildflowers line the short but steep trail to McClures Beach.
Interesting rock formations are accessible from a private beach near the southern tip of McClures Beach.
Final stretch to McClures Beach.
Erosion slowly eats away at the McClures Beach headlands.
With no formal break dunes, McClures Beach is protected by tall, steep headlands.
McClures Beach is formed in a crescent shape, creating a deep blue mini-lagoon.
Looking south down McClures Beach towards its easily identifiable rock formation.