Moonlight State Beach to Beacon's Beach

Encinitas, California

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The hike from Moonlight State Beach to Beacon’s Beach follows a 1.4-mile stretch of bluff-backed coastline. The beach strand lies between Encinitas Boulevard and Leucadia Boulevard in the town Leucadia, part of the city of Encinitas. Moonlight State Beach is a broad, crescent-shaped cove flanked with sandstone cliffs. Cottonwood Creek drains into the ocean through the sandy beach. It is a popular, easily accessible swimming, surfing, and picnicking beach with a blufftop overlook and benches. Beacon’s Beach (formerly known as Leucadia State Beach) is a narrow, bluff-backed beach and a popular area for surfing and skin diving. A stairway and ramp zigzag down the eroding 80-foot cliffs to the beach strand below a viewing platform. Between these two beaches is Seaside Gardens County Park, locally called Stone Steps Beach, and Encinitas Beach, a secluded beach without direct access. Stone Steps Beach is a narrow, cobble beach reached from a long, partially stone stairway of 97 steps, dropping 80vfeet down the eroding sandstone cliffs from Neptune Avenue. Encinitas Beach is accessed by either walking south from Beacon's Beach or north from Stone Steps Beach.
Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast

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Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The hike from Moonlight State Beach to Beacon’s Beach follows a 1.4-mile stretch of bluff-backed coastline. The beach strand lies between Encinitas Boulevard and Leucadia Boulevard in the town Leucadia, part of the city of Encinitas. Moonlight State Beach is a broad, crescent-shaped cove flanked with sandstone cliffs. Cottonwood Creek drains into the ocean through the sandy beach. It is a popular, easily accessible swimming, surfing, and picnicking beach with a blufftop overlook and benches. Beacon’s Beach (formerly known as Leucadia State Beach) is a narrow, bluff-backed beach and a popular area for surfing and skin diving. A stairway and ramp zigzag down the eroding 80-foot cliffs to the beach strand below a viewing platform. Between these two beaches is Seaside Gardens County Park, locally called Stone Steps Beach, and Encinitas Beach, a secluded beach without direct access. Stone Steps Beach is a narrow, cobble beach reached from a long, partially stone stairway of 97 steps, dropping 80vfeet down the eroding sandstone cliffs from Neptune Avenue. Encinitas Beach is accessed by either walking south from Beacon's Beach or north from Stone Steps Beach.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Encinitas
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 75 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Moonlight State Beach
Local Maps: USGS Encinitas
Driving Directions: Directions to Moonlight State Beach to Beacon's Beach

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Apr 2018