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South on Basilone Road from 405 San Diego Frwy ( South of San Clemente ) South past San Onofre Surfing beach and San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. To toll entrance to San Onofre State Park. ( $ 10.00 dollar admission - camping available. ) 6 Trails from bluff top parking to beach to choose from - 4 miles of surf spots available.
DistanceTake a car
WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
Mostly not worth the walk. Mushy, mediocre, flat faced, thin lipped, gutless surf most of the time, closed out and strong currents up or down beach during bigger swells. Have to park the car on top of the bluff and walk down to the beach. ( Finding parking on week ends can be tough. ) Can be a good longboard wave on small days, but when theres surf, why waste your time when Trestles is so close, or the so many quality waves in San Clemente or Orange County to choose from. Look forward to lugging your gear down to the beach, then in order to get a good wave, Paddle hard and hop up and down like mad to connect the powerless outside to the powerless inside. Watch out for stingrays lurking along the sand as you wade out.
Six trails along 4 miles of beach, each has their own lackluster quality about them. From bad to worse, you can find your most miserable session at any one of them. Can be however an outlet when the crowds elsewhere are out of control, but then again, if you want it, - one wave at trestles is better than 100 waves at trails ! South trail ( Trail 6 is a notorious nudist beach - loaded with men lurking and trolling the shore for victims. Full on creep factor. And there is a contingent of nudist surfers whom have absolutely no skill but let it all hang out while skimming these crappy waves. Fronted by one loud mouthed nude blond female surfer, a bruntette body boarder and a handful of fat old men. Easily provoked. Can be good fun to get 'em going! )Countless times I've wondered to myself as I can see good waves firing off the points at Trestles to the north, why in hell am I here again? Beach however is picturesque, with undeveloped buffs to the ocean, sandy beaches ( What california looked like 100 years ago. ) and the area is relatively litter free. If there waves were 100 times better with surfable shape, barrels and the nude men to women ratio was reversed to hetro-levels, this would the greatest spot ever! Parking hassles, fee to get in, lousy waves, long walk to the beach, weird folks, and better spots close by = no fun for you or me.
long board, or if you are trying to get a slower wave while trying shortboarding on a fatty
By Anonymous , 15-05-2010
homoerectus - Perhaps technically the 'no-nudes' directive is now in place. Still though, at Trail 6 and South of Trail 6 there is still the nudie element exists when they are keeping their eyes peeled (clothes too)for the man. Wave quality still sucks. Better at Trail 1 - 2. Same everywhere else along this stretch of coastline crap.
By Anonymous , 05-04-2010
No nude T-5 - Great to hear about the Govs Decision! Keep the clothes on adn the Weird-O's out. Beaches are for friends and families, not homos and non-clothed weiner smokers.
And for the one who wrote the review...Some of the best waves in the world @ T-5. Go BC2!
By There is a god....and he's clothed , 27-07-2009
Nudies: your time runneth out - Great news! The State of California has decided that nude sunbathing at trails state beach is illegal. After 3 notorious decades of lewd behavior - Arnold has deemed trail 6 to be nudist free. Surely the nudies will fight for their day in court but the writing is on the wall! Hail this as a victory for good taste. May the 30 year weinie roast come to a glorious end.
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