McClures Beach lies at the very end of Pierce Point Road, from where walkers head out on the Tomales Point Trailhead. Facing west into the broad expanse of the Pacific blue, rip currents make swimming dangerous, although there is plenty to do on the broad sweep of golden sands instead. Situated between two short headlands, the beach can’t be seen from the car park, but is just a few hundred metres downhill through coastal scrub.
You’ll often find people beachcombing along its length, while at low tide a series of rock pools to the southern end of the beach are revealed. They provide a fascinating insight into coastal ecosystems. Further rocks litter the shore at the beach’s northern end, leaving the middle section clear.
Seals and sea lions are occasional visitors, but don’t appreciate other visitors getting too close. For the same reason, dogs are not permitted on McClures Beach. The parking at the trailhead is free, where there are some public toilets.
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