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.

Getting there

Lost lake trailhead

From Bellingham: Take Exit 250 off of I-5 south of Bellingham and turn west onto Old Fairhaven Parkway. Drive 0.1 mile, turn left onto 30th St and drive 1 mile (30th St becomes 32nd St).  Turn right onto Old Samish Rd, drive 0.6 mile, turn left onto Chuckanut Drive (SR-11) and drive 4.4 miles south to the  Lost Lake Trailhead (200 ft).

From Mount Vernon: Take Exit 231 off of I-5 north of Mount Vernon and drive 14.2 miles north on Chuckanut Drive (SR-11) to the Lost Lake Trailhead (200 ft).

larrabee state park day use area

From Bellingham: Take Exit 250 off of I-5 south of Bellingham and turn west onto Old Fairhaven Parkway. Drive 0.1 mile, turn left onto 30th St and drive 1 mile (30th St becomes 32nd St).  Turn right onto Old Samish Rd, drive 0.6 mile, and turn left onto Chuckanut Drive (SR-11) and drive 4.1 miles south to the  Larrabee State Park Day Use Area (200 ft).

From Mount Vernon: Take Exit 231 off of I-5 north of Mount Vernon and drive 14.5 miles north on Chuckanut Drive (SR-11) to the Larrabee State Park Day Use Area (200 ft).

notes

  • The Washington State Parks 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."

Information for Leaders

permits

  • The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter.
  • Difficulty: Easy+
  • Length: 1.2
  • Elevation Gain: 190 ft
  • 200 ft
Map
  • Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains
  • USGS Bellingham South
  • USGS Bow
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Clayton Beach

Exploring Nature Trip
A low tide beach exploration for nature enthusiasts only. Novices welcome. Tidepools, wading, birding &
Difficulty: Easy+
Fri, Jun 25, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
8 participants 3 leaders
Registration opens Jun 4
Seattle Branch
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