Day Hike - Clayton Beach


Day Hike - Clayton Beach

A low tide walk along Clayton Beach reveals sea creatures of all kinds, on and under rocks and among the eel grass beds.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 1.2
  • Elevation Gain: 190 ft
  • Pace: slow, with frequent stops

We will meet at 9:30 am at the Lost Lake parking lot.  This is across the street from the trailhead to Clayton Beach.  There is a sign 400' before the parking lot that says "Lost Lake Day Use Parking 400 ft Ahead".   Some may wish to bird on the 1/4 mile trail to Clayton Beach.  

The trip to Clayton Beach requires shoes that are good for the short woodland hike but also a slightly tricky approach to the beach, and an extra pair that  are good for wading and clambering over rocks with lots of barnacles. Poles can be helpful.  This year it's a minus 3.7 ft tide, so there should be lots to see in the pools and along the beach, among the rocks. Expect to see sea stars, anemones, live sand dollars, crabs, snails, seaweed and more. Recommended guide is "The New Beachcombers Guide to the Pacific Northwest"


Clayton Beach

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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