McClures Beach


Rating: C

Used by naturists for at least a decade, the northern tip of McClures Beach still draws small numbers of sans-suit sun-seekers. In 2000 and 2001, Point Reyes National Seashore district ranger Marc Yeston counted four groups of nudists on the sand. Be prepared for fog, wind, hazardous waves, and a fairly long hike from the end of Pierce Point Road.


Part of Point Reyes National Seashore.

How to find it:

From San Francisco, head north on Highway 101 to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Stay on Sir Francis Drake through San Anselmo and Lagunitas. At the intersection with Highway 1, head north to the Point Reyes headquarters in Olema. Pick up a map, then follow Bear Valley Road to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Take Sir Francis Drake to Pierce Point Road. Park at the end of the road and follow the trail to the beach. The path ends at the middle of the beach. So far, nudists have been using the north end of the beach.

The beach:

Sandy and mostly hassle free, except for the weather.

The Crowd:

Most likely just you.



Cold water, wind, and fog; swimming too hazardous; a bit lonely.

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