San Clemente State Beach

San Clemente State Beach, 8-19-08
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View of the pathway down the bluffs to the beach.



During our recent camping trip at San Onofre State Beach I also visited San Clemente State Beach.  Nice bluffside day use area perfect for picnics, a visitor center, tent and RV campsites and a paved pathway down to the beach. 

For more information on this beach, fees, camping reservations, visit the official California State Parks San Clemente Beach page at
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=646

Click any picture on this page for an enlarged view

At the end of the paved path down to San Clemente Beach shown in the picture above you can turn to the right (North) walk the beach to San Clemente Pier (shown in picture on the right), it's probably about 1 mile away.  Restaurants and many shops to see here along the main street.

You can also take the trail to the left heading South down the coast and visit nearby Trestles Beach, one mile or less away.  This trail also connects with the path through San Mateo Creek Natural Preserve, also a paved path.  Take a left on that path (heading inland) connects with old abandoned Highway 101 through San Onofre State Beach (paved, flat, easy walk or bike ride) and the trail through San Mateo Creek ending at the San Mateo Campground near the ampitheater (a true hike through natural terrain dirt paths, some uphills).
 

San Clemente State Beach, 8-19-08
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Looking North up the beach, San Clemente Pier in the background, click picture to enlarge.

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San Clemente State Beach camping sites.

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More San Clemente State Beach Campsites.

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San Clemente State Beach day use areas, Visitor Center building in the background.

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View about halfway down the path to the beach.

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San Clemente State Beach Visitor Center

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View of the bluffs.

     

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Bluff view from a path running above the day use areas.

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Bluffside day use areas.

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Another view from the path above the day use areas.

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Sign explaining bluff revegetation importance, click to enlarge.

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View of the paved pathway from the beach on the way back up.

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Use caution crossing the train tracks to the beach, Amtrack comes though here several times an hour.

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Sign explaining bluff erosion, natural and unnatural, restoration. Click to enlarge.

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Picture of an unhealthy bluff, click to enlarge.

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How a coastal bluff should look, click to enlarge.

     

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