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Huntington State Beach

Huntington State Beach is two miles of broad beach extending from the Santa Ana River north to Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach. City Beach then continues past Huntington Pier for another 3.5 miles to the western city limits. Parallel to the beach is the Huntington Beach Multiuse Trail, which travels the entire length of both beaches. In several places concrete paths extend onto the beach at about high-tide level. Amenities include food concessions, parking, restrooms, cold-water showers, beach volleyball courts, and fire rings.

The beach is a sanctuary for the threatened snowy plover, and a fenced-off preserve protecting the California least tern, a rare and endangered species, is at its southernmost end. Just south of the preserve you can cross under Pacific Coast Highway to connect to the Santa Ana River Trail, which travels inland 30 miles along a flood channel to the Orange/Riverside county line.

Trail/Pathway Details

Huntington Beach Multiuse Trail

Trailhead: Beach parking lots

Length: Over 4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentle

Terrain: Hard


See Huntington City Beach trail description.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Beach Wheelchair: Yes

Available at the Magnolia St. kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis; (714) 536-1454.

Accessible Parking: Yes

All fee lots serving the beach have accessible spaces. Additional street parking is at the Pacific Coast Hwy. and adjacent streets. List of beach parking lots.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

Numerous locations along the multiuse trail.

Accessible Picnic Tables: Yes

Near the Newland St. entrance a shade structure with picnic tables is on a concrete pad on the beach.
The view south from Huntington Beach pier
The view south from Huntington Beach pier (Bonnie Lewkowicz)

Features icon key

  • Beach Wheelchairs Available
  • bicycling
  • hiking
  • particularly good for families
  • picnic
  • swimming

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: CA State Parks
Address: 21601 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Phone: (714) 536-1455
Hours: Daily, 6 am-10 pm. Gates close at 9 pm.
Fees: Parking
Dogs: In restricted areas
Allowed in parking lots and on the multiuse trail; must be on a leash no longer than six feet. Not permitted on the beach.
Public Transportation: Orange County Transportation Authority
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, April 3, 2014
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