Oct 29, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Clayton Beach
- Region: Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
- Agency: Larrabee State Park
- Avg Rating: 2.00
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with kids
- Hiked with a dog
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.
Enjoy yor hiking and as always get out and see this beautiful state!!