Beach Trail #4 - Member Hike

Hike Name: Beach Trail #4
Country: United States
State: California
Nearby Town: Camp Pendleton
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: San Onofre Bluffs and San Onofre Surf Beach are located south of San Clemente on I-5 (Exit Basilone Road)

San Onofre - San Mateo Campground is located on the outer edge of San Clemente 1 mile inland from I-5 (Exit Cristianitos)

San Clemente, CA 92672
Latitude: 33.377938
Longitude: -117.568152

The beach is three miles south of San Clemente on I-5 (Basilone Road.)
Total Hike Distance: 1.40 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Beach Trail #4 Trailhead
Trails Used: Beach Trail #4
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: San Onofre State Beach
3030 Avenida Del Presidente
San Clemente, CA
(949) 492-4872
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: San Onofre State Beach is a 3,000-acre state park located three miles south of the City of San Clemente, CA. The State Beach was created by governor Ronald Reagan in 1971, and is among the Top 5 most visited state parks in California.

This hike is in the San Onofre Bluffs section of San Onofre State Beach - which is south of the nuclear power plant. (A section of the State Beach north of the nuclear power plant is used mostly by surfers and not hikers).

In the bluffs section, there are six trails that access the Pacific Ocean along a 3.5 miles stretch of old U.S. Route 101 that now serves as the main access point to the trailheads and to the park campsites. Both are situated right next to the sandstone bluffs. If you are not camping, make sure to park across old US 101 in the day use area. The parking spaces next to the bluffs are for campers and not for day hikers.

You can either hike a beach trail down to the Ocean and back, or use any series of beach trails to hike a small or larger loop in the park. Old US 101 will return you to your car in all cases. It is 5.6 miles round trip from Beach Trail #1 to Beach Trail #6.

The nuclear power plant can be seen easily from Beach Trail #1, but as you get down to Beach Trail #4 and further South on the beach it is barely noticeable in the distance.

Overall, this is a great hike with interesting bluffs and stones along the beach. You are likely to see people sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, and surfing here so it's a relaxing way to spend a few hours or the entire day.




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