San Clemente has plenty of great spots to get outdoors including walking, biking, and dog-friendly trails that you can visit. The most popular and scenic trail is the San Clemente Beach Trail which runs from North Beach to Calafia State Beach. The beach trailhead at North Beach is just a short distance from stairway access to Sea Summit, San Clemente’s newest and arguably most scenic trail. Biking the beach trail is fun during all parts of the year, but busier months can slow down your biking. During certain time periods in summer, parts of the trail must be walked because they simply get too busy. It isn’t a bad thing though, to slow down a bit and get a good view of the beaches. The trail has a few rest areas where you can get a food, a treat, or use restrooms. The San Clemente Pier has concession stands as does T-Street. The ultimate place to stop, especially if you are biking in the morning is Ellie’s Table at North Beach. Ellie’s Table is San Clemente Guide’s pick for the best breakfast spot in San Clemente. Fresh made sandwiches, pastries, treats, and coffee.San Clemente Trails Map
Sea Summit San Clemente
Better for walking rather than biking because trails are a little narrow and windy to enjoy on a bike, but it is a great place to check out even if you go up just to enjoy the views from the bluff above. Sea Summit can be accessed from the corner of Avenida Pico and El Camino Real, just across from the Seven-Eleven. In a sense it sudo-extends the San Clemente Beach Trail indirectly offering a spot to walk up and take a break. The 2.3 mile beach trail is just a short walk, or ride from the Sea Summit walking trails. In this area you can also access the PCH beach trail which runs north towards Dana Point and Doheny Beach.
Highway 1/PCH to Dana Point & Doheny Beach
El Camino Real and Avenida Pico are the start of this trail which runs along CA Highway 1 into Dana Point. Doheny Beach in Dana Point is not a bad destination, and offers bikers a little bit longer of a trail to bike than the San Clemente Beach Trail which only totals 2.3 miles. Along this trail you can enjoy plenty of ocean view in addition to the towering bluffs on the inside of the trail. Most of the trail has a concrete barrier which separates traffic from pedestrians. It is a good moderate biking trail that is busy, but doesn’t get overcrowded with walkers during the busy summer months at the beach. If you are looking for a trail to get a bit more exercise on this would be your best shot in San Clemente. The trail is longer and there will be less traffic so you can concentrate on your ride rather than swerving around walkers, dogs, and other slow trail-goers. Doheny Beach and Dana Point Harbor are two great spots to take a break and enjoy some time on a bench.