McClure’s Beach is the northernmost beach on the Point Reyes peninsula, so it’s not too surprising that the drive to the parking lot of the trailhead is longer than the hike to the beach itself! However, the drive is well worth it for the views offered by the hike. Because the trail and beach are located in the Tule Elk reserve, there’s a good chance you will see one of these majestic and protected creatures grazing in the brush around the trail head. The trail itself is a moderate decline down to the beach, taking you through a canyon decorated by beautiful green plants as a variety of birds and active rabbits move all around you. After about three-fourths of a mile, the canyon opens to McClure’s Beach, and you are treated to a view of red cliffs presenting the Pacific Ocean. Walk around the cliffs to the beach itself, which is a sprawling sandy walkway, where you could easily spend a few hours strolling along, watching the surf, following the movements of fishing boats passing by, and picnicking. The hike back leads you up the moderate slope through the canyon, which will take you a little longer than the way down and in. We did the hike with a two-year-old and an eight-year-old, and the eight-year-old had no problem with the entirety of the trail. The two-year-old was carried for the last half-mile back to the trailhead. While the hike out to McClure’s beach is simple and accessible to all ages, the beautiful views and the relaxation offered by the large beach itself make it a rewarding and enjoyable hike.