Northern California June 26, 2017
The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Northern California Like Never Before
Northern California is overflowing with gorgeous waterfront areas to explore. From Crescent City to the Mendocino Coast, the rugged coastline along the Pacific Ocean is nothing short of stunning. While there are plenty of well-known beaches scattered throughout the Golden State, nothing beats a lesser-known area when you just want to get away from it all— so we’ve compiled a road trip itinerary with 11 incredible hidden beaches that might just become your new favorite summer hangouts. This is one road trip you’ll never forget.
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What are you waiting for? Grab the sunscreen and a shade hat (and an extra layer) and jump in the car!
1. Point St. George Beach
Known for its tide pools and wide beach, Point St. George is a prominent rocky point about three miles north of Crescent City. Enjoy the sounds and sights of planes taking off from the nearby airport as you relax on this fun beach.
2. Hidden Beach
This small cove beach is located near Klamath is a real treat. It's tucked into a tree covered hillside and features lots of driftwood. Because it requires a hike to get to, you likely won't see many others here.
3. Orick Fishing Access Beach
Located within the Redwood National Park, this little known beach features endless piles of drift logs and several large rocks. You'll love walking up and down this breathtaking coastline.
4. Luffenholtz Beach
Luffenholtz is a picture perfect Humboldt County beach. Located near Trinidad, visitors here should take in the sweeping overlook of the Pacific Ocean, enjoy the picnic area and hike the trail down to the beach.
5. Mattole River Beach
Located at the north end of King Range National Conservation Area, this remote beach is reached by driving down a long windy road from Petrolia. It offers offers camping, picnic areas, and hiking trails. If you don't mind the drive, you'll love this amazing Northern California beach.
6. Manchester Beach
Manchester State Park features sand dunes, a flat grassland, and approximately 18,000 feet of oceanfront. The beach here is a "catch basin," a curved beach that catches sea debris. Because of this, there is a high volume of driftwood to be found here. It’s an excellent spot for steelhead fishing and wildflower viewing.
7. Fort Ross / Sandy Beach Cove
Sandy Beach Cove is located just below Fort Ross. It’s a sandy beach with clear water, and is a lovely place to spend the afternoon. The parking is located a short walk away, but those with accessibility challenges can unload closer to the beach and then re-park the car.
8. Goat Rock Beach
This Sonoma County beach is a regular resting ground for seagulls, sea otters, elephant seals, harbor seals, and sea lions. It's a quintessential Northern California beach surrounded by beauty.
9. McClures Beach
This exciting spot features a steep downhill hike and intense surf. Never turn your back on the ocean here. Sneaker waves have been known to crash down on unprepared beach goers. The surf here can actually be quite dangerous, so use caution.
10. Kehoe Beach
Also located in Point Reyes, Kehoe beach is a geologist's delight with its interesting sandstone and granite rocks. To reach it, you'll walk less than a mile alongside a marsh and over sand dunes.
11. Limantour Beach
Located in Point Reyes National Seashore, Limantour Beach is a long, narrow spit of sand between Drakes Bay and an estuary. It's a great place for birdwatching.
Did any of your favorites make the list? Are you willing to share any of your “secret” spots in Northern California with us? Let us know in the comments below, and happy road-tripping!