State Beach

This beach is not available to the general public at this time.

Location and Directions

In Daly City, at the end of Thornton Beach Road. Follow John Daly Boulevard west from Interstate 280 across Skyline Boulevard into Thornton State Beach. From Skyline Boulevard, turn west at the intersection with John Daly Boulevard into Thornton State Beach. From the parking area or the stables, proceed to the dunes on old Thornton Beach Road. The Bay Area Ridge Trail begins where the road meets the dunes.

Weather & Climate

The climate is Mediterranean, so it tends to be windy and cold throughout much of the park. During the summer months, fog is common along the coastlines. Dress in layers is recommended. Hiking boots are appropriate in some areas. Comfortable shoes are also recommended within the San Francisco area, which are most comprised of asphalt or concrete.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    None listed

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (831) 335-6318

  • Region

    San Francisco Bay Area


    San Mateo

  • Purchase Annual Passes


Santa Cruz District


c/o Santa Cruz District
303 Big Trees Park Road
Felton, California 95018