San Clemente Beach Trail
Places to Hike and Walk in San Clemente
2.5 + Miles of Beach Trail, Ocean Views, and San Clemente Beaches
This is the best way to explore the beaches of San Clemente as a local. The San Clemente beach trail runs from the train station at North Beach all the way down to the train station five miles south of this starting point. If you walk this entire length you will pass all the beaches of San Clemente except for San Onofre. The pier, downtown, T street, parks along the beach, volleyball courts, many restaurants and snack shops, and a variety of surf spots await you along the trail! A favorite routine of many locals is to start your morning with breakfast or brunch at Ellie's Table (a local favorite). Ellie's Table at North Beach is where you will eat the best pastries and fresh breakfast bites you have ever tasted. They open at 5:30am so have no fear early risers! The trail is more pleasant to walk while the early morning marine layer still stands, not to mention a beach sunrise is never a bad way to start your day. You'll see many moms, local school athletes, runners, couples, bike riders (bikes are welcome), and every breed of dog (pet friendly too, with doggy bags!) all sharing the trail. Don't forget to keep an eye out for local Dolphins swimming parallel to you along the waters edge!
North Beach to San Clemente State Beach
The San Clemente Beach trail stretches from North Beach for miles south to San Clemente State Beach. The beach trial crosses over many of the main beaches in San Clemente except for the well known surfing beaches near San Onofre power station. San Clemente Beach Trail is pet friendly and has many parks along the way for potty breaks. During the middle of the day the trail is riddled with both walkers and bikers. There are pet hygiene stations periodically along the trail for the convenience of pet owners. Several beaches and parks along the walk have public restrooms, and concessions are located at North Beach, the San Clemente Pier, T-Street, and Calafia.
The trail is not very long, but is about an hour walk if you take your time. This short trail is a great place to walk you dog, enjoy some stunning ocean views, have lunch, get some fresh air and exercise. Walking the trail is also one of the best things to do in San Clemente at night. When the sky is clear, darker parts of the trail give you a tremendous view of the sky. Walking along the trail at night is surreal. Waves crashing, starry night sky above, and a warm ocean breeze.
San Clemente Beach Trail Rules
The trail is open to all pedestrians and cyclists. Walking, jobbing, bicycling, strollers, and dogs are all permitted along the trail. Bikes are not allowed on certain parts of the trail during busy summer months. Be cautious around the pier during the summer. There are a lot of pedestrians and the no-biking zone starts in this area during summer months. Dogs are allowed on the trial, but must be on a leash at all times. Dog cleanup stations are scattered along the trail so you can pick up after your dog. All of the beaches listed below are accessible via the San Clemente beach trail. Several must be accessed via railroad crossings. All trail users are politely asked to pick up after their pets and themselves to keep this beautiful trail clean for everyone to use.
San Clemente Beach Trail Length
Starting from North Beach, here are the distances to each beach along the trail.
- North Beach: Start
- Dije Court: .2 miles
- El Portal: .3 miles
- Mariposa: .6 miles
- Linda Lane: .7 miles
- Corto Lane: .8 miles
- Pier: 1 mile
- T-Street 1.3 miles
- Boca Del Canon 1.4 miles
- Lausen: 1.8 miles
- Riviera: 2 miles
- Montalvo: 2.1 miles
- Calafia: 2.3 miles
San Clemente Beach Trail Restrooms
Restrooms are located at each one of these beaches along the San Clemente Beach Trail.
- North Beach
- Linda Lane
- Boca Del Cannon