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Beaches in Del Norte County

September 1, 2014 Northern CA Beaches, Outdoors Comments Off on Beaches in Del Norte County

Unlike most of the Northern California beaches, you’ll find many in Del Norte that are completely accessible. You can enjoy the soothing sounds of the ocean as you walk along a dramatic rocky coastline, explore the tide pools and hunt for beautiful agate stones. At times you can walk for miles without another soul in sight. Here are some of our favorites.

Coastal Trail – Hidden Beach

Only accessible by foot, this isolated beach offers tide pools and an offshore seastack covered with thousands of birds.

Location: From Crescent City, turn south on Highway 101 and drive about 17.5 miles. Turn west on Requa Road and Drive 2.5 miles to the Klamath Overlook. The trailhead is at the south end of the parking lot. This is an 8-mile roundtrip hike.

Crescent City

Beachfront Park

A serene, calm water beach that has a narrow strip of pebbly sand. Pleasant harbor view. Many people walk their dogs here. Restrooms and picnic tables.

Location: Along Howe Drive in Crescent City.

Clifford Kamph Memorial Park

Wide, windswept and wild, this beach offers camping, fishing and other activities.

Location: 2 miles south of the Oregon border, off Highway 101.

Kellogg Beach

One of the most beautiful and least known, this beach is perfect for hiking and fishing. The beach is wide and windswept, with driftwood scattered throughout. No facilities.

Location: 8 miles north of Crescent City on Highway 101, turn west onto Kings Valley Road and follow “Coastal Access” signs to Kellogg Beach.

Pebble Beach

This is an uncrowded, amazing stretch of gorgeous, undulating shoreline. The beach varies from rocky to sandy. A great place to go agate hunting. Restrooms and picnic table.

Location: Turnouts along Pebble Beach Drive in Crescent City.

Point St. George

View the scenic coastline at this rocky outstretch of reef and beach. This beach is highly recommended for tidepooling and exploring the rocky surface of an ever-evolving coastline. Random rough waves and strong currents make the “buddy system” a must. Beach access is not easy, so it is uncrowded. There are no facilities.

Location: From Highway 101 in Crescent City, turn west on Washington Boulevard and follow it to Radio Road. Turn right and drive to Point St. George Public Access. Trail leads to beach.

South Beach

Protected from the full force of the sea, South Beach is sandy and popular. Concessions and restrooms. Location: South of Anchor Way, off Highway 101 at Crescent City Harbor.

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

Wilson Creek Beach

One of the most accessible beaches in the area, this is one of those rare points where Highway 101 flirts with the ocean’s edge on the North Coast. The wide, sandy beach is not visited often, but is great for strolling and has some excellent tide pools at low tide. This beach is not swimmer-friendly. Restrooms and picnic tables.

Location: From Highway 101, 5.5 miles north of Klamath, take Wilson Creek Road west. Beach is at the end of the road.

Redwood National Park

Crescent Beach

Easily accessible, this broad stretch of sandy beach is perfect for family outings, tide pooling and beachcombing. Beach Picnic tables are located behind the beachfront on grassy, flat areas.


Location: Along Enderts Beach Road, off Highway 101 south of Crescent City. Plenty of parking.

Enderts Beach

One of the smallest beaches in the state, this solitary beach offers an expanse of tidepools at low tide. It is the preferred location for scenery, beach quality and solitude. A special beach worth a side trip. Restrooms and picnic tables.

Location: End of Enderts Beach Road, off Highway 101 south of Crescent City. Trail leads to beach.

High Bluff Beach

On a secluded cove, this overlooked, magnificent jewel resembles a hidden paradise. At the picnic area, breathtaking views of the coast are in store for you. To reach the beach below, follow the 1/2 mile trail through forests and a series of switchbacks. The volcanic sand is soft and light brown and because the waves erase footprints every 12 hours, the beach has a pristine, unvisited appearance. Picnic tables, no restrooms.

Location: From Highway 1 at Klamath River, turn west onto Alder Camp Road. Follow this road to Coastal Drive and turn right into High Bluffs picnic area. Trail leads to beach.

Tolowa Dunes State Park

Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Tolowa Dunes has 7.5 miles of ocean frontage, including a broad, dune-covered strand that runs into Kellogg Beach. Restrooms and picnic tables.Location: 2 miles north of Crescent City, off Northcrest Drive.

Pelican State Beach

This small, remote northernmost California beach features five acres of undeveloped shoreline, grassy dunes, and lots of driftwood. Pelican State Beach offers beautiful ocean views and offshore fishing. Enjoy beachcombing or kite flying in solitude. There are no facilities, but parking is available.

Location: 1/2 mile south of the Oregon border off Highway 101.


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