San Clemente City Beach, Pier, and Beach Trail
San Clemente City Beach is a 2-mile-long, narrow stretch of sand at the base of sea cliffs. A popular 2.3-mile trail runs along the base of the cliffs, as do railroad tracks that serve Amtrak and Metrolink trains connecting North Beach to Calafia State Beach, with stops along the way at the pier and T-Street. The 1,200-foot-long San...
San Clemente City Beach is a 2-mile-long, narrow stretch of sand at the base of sea cliffs. A popular 2.3-mile trail runs along the base of the cliffs, as do railroad tracks that serve Amtrak and Metrolink trains connecting North Beach to Calafia State Beach, with stops along the way at the pier and T-Street. The 1,200-foot-long San Clemente Municipal Pier (fishing is allowed but not overhead casting) projects from the end of Avenida del Mar at the center of the beach. A few restaurants are at the base of the pier and on Avenida Victoria.
To reach the pier and beach, you have to cross railroad tracks with three-inch gaps between the pavement and the rails. Much of the beach is reached via stairs, but City Beach and three other locations—North Beach, Loma Linda Lane, and Calafia Beach—are accessible.
San Clemente Beach Trail
Trailhead: The pier, Calafia State Beach, Loma Linda Lane
Length: Over 4 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & aboveThe trail is level except for a steep section where you cross over the pier’s walkway.
Terrain: FirmThe southern section has some stretches where soft sand may be problematic for manual wheelchair riders.
Obstacles: Railroad crossings may be challenging if you have a wheelchair with small front wheels.
The pier divides the trail almost in half; the northern section extends 1 mile to North Beach, has some nice landscaping, and appears to be more popular than the southern section, which travels 1.25 miles to Calafia State Beach and has more slopes. Both sections have lovely ocean views. This mostly level trail is shared by walkers, bicyclists,...
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Available 8 am-sunset. Reserve in advance (949-361-8219) and pick up at the lifeguard/public safety building; the building is not accessible, so you will need a companion to get it.
There are a few accessible spaces on Avenida Victoria just south of the pier, and more are in the large public lot farther uphill on Avenida Del Mar; both require you to cross railroad tracks to reach the pier and trail. One space is at the foot of Linda Lane, on a slope greater than 2 percent, and several are at the North Beach lot off Avenida Estacion. More are at Calafia State Beach at the southernmost end of the beach trail.
There are no accessible restrooms along the trail; you have to travel on sand to reach them. The restroom on the pier and at the base of the pier have limited access; they are narrow and have a front approach to the toilet, you can't close the door behind you, and the toilet height is less than 17 inches. The best accessible restrooms are at Calafia Beach.
A few tables on concrete pads are on a knoll on Avenida Del Mar just west of the main parking lot. Tables just north of the pier are on sand that may be firm enough for some wheelchair riders. Nearby, at the start of the beach trail, is an accessible table with a grass-thatched covering. At North Beach, a table on a cement pad is at the back of the beach.
Other Things of Interest
A stop for Metrolink and Amtrak is at the pier.