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Clayton Beach

Oct 29, 2011

by Mike last modified Dec 21, 2011 09:47 AM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Clayton Beach
Region: Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
Agency: Larrabee State Park
Avg Rating: 2.00
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Panaramic View of the Beach at Larrabee State Park
After completing my hike in Bear Creek Falls Area I headed to Larrabee State Park outside of Belligham, Washington. This park has a lot of trails but I just planned on hiking the beach trail since I have already done the mountain area of this park which is Lost Lake and the surrounding area. I was hoping for more sunshine but I only got a little. This was part of my hike 44 of 50 planned at age 50 this year.
  The trail starts off of Chuckanut Drive(Highway 11)just south of Bellingham on the west side of the road. You must enter into the main park entrance so be sure you have a Discovery Pass so you don't end up with a ticket. This is only my second time needing the Discovery Pass so I am not sure I will purchase one next year unless they change the policy that Northwest Forest Pass has which allows the use of it in different cars. Park at the parking lot toward your left after passing the main booth. It comes to dead end down there anyway.
  The trail begins toward the southend of the parking lot heading west along side the Larrabee State Park Stage. The trail goes through a tunnel that gets you safely across the railroad tracks without getting on them. The trail heads down hill to a sign that doesn't identify any directions which suprised me for a state park. Right will take you downhill to the beach and left will head you toward the rock cliffs over looking the ocean. Do them both while you are there. They are both worth seeing. There are great views of the San Juan Islands, Wildcat Cove and Belligham Bay. Have a lunch on the rocks and take in the views. This trail system along the cliffs is only about a mile long total. It has great views and a place to launch your boats and kayaks at Wildcat Cove so I will come back here in the future with my kayak. Checkout videos of this hike and others I have done of my youtube channel at lmm3181 or click on these direct links.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsPoBGKga5s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_ZBLcJ4giA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ZLFITp-zA
Enjoy yor hiking and as always get out and see this beautiful state!!
Take Care
Mike
View looking North of Widlcat Cove along the Larrabee State Park Beach Trail
View of Shore Line Looking South Along Larrabee State Park Beach Trail
Wildcat Cove in Larrabee State Park
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