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."

Information for Leaders

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
  • Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains
  • USGS Bellingham South
  • USGS Bow

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