Clayton Beach

From Wildcat Cove in Larrabee State Park, hike south long Clayton Beach on the shore of Samish Bay west of the Chuckanut Mountains. Enjoy honeycombed sandstone, wind-sculpted rocks, coastal birds, tide-pool critters at low tide and views of San Juan islands. The beach, during low tide, is great for exploring and photographing the rich sea life.

The Washington State Park website states "Access to Clayton Beach via private property owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe is prohibited because of inadequate sight lines for pedestrians to see on-coming trains when crossing the rails to access the beach area."



  • Difficulty: Easy+
  • Length: 1.2
  • Elevation Gain: 190 ft
  • 200 ft
  • Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains
  • USGS Bellingham South
  • USGS Bow
  • Red Marker
    48.653700, -122.491372
    48.6536998381 -122.491371669
  • Red Marker
    48.637842, -122.478766
    48.6378419027 -122.478765965

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Clayton Beach

Exploring Nature Trip
Birding, tidepooling and marine life. This annual trip always offers surprises.
Difficulty: Easy+
Sat, Jun 16, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens May 14
Seattle Branch
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