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Black Sand Beach

877 Beach Rd, Shelter Cove, California 95589-9178 USA

  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
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“hike to the shore”

The Lost Coast of California stretches about 80 miles long. It is one of the lightest traveled coasts. If you have the courage and skill to master this coast, you will be greeted by peaks that are more than 2000 feet high. The highest is King’s Peak at 4,087 feet. You will also be greeted by a beach named Black Sand Beach. Though you can swim in this beach, most people don’t. It isn’t a beach that attracts a large crowd, except for those that are hiking along the coast and stop to take pictures and such. This beach brings about an extremely dramatic scene, with beautiful water, sand, and peaks all around it. The area is known for its black sand beaches, which get their color from dark colored sandstone called greywacke and an older compressed shale produced by tectonic activity of one continental and two oceanic plates meeting just offshore.

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Reviewed by
Kirsten Nash

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 17, 2018
Rated 3.0

The road to get to this beach is a BEAST. My breaks were so heated they smelled bad. Though the distance on the road is under 20 miles, it takes easily 45 minutes each way. Then, once you get down on the beach, the "sand" is varying sizes of rocks that function like quicksand - very challenging to get to the beach. Additionally you cannot get into the water, even to wade, as the currents and breaking waves are too dangerous. The view is beautiful, just be sure you know what you are getting into first.

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Reviewed by
jojo

  • 14 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 30, 2017
Rated 5.0

ad the beach all to ourselves..... absolutly lovely~!~

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Reviewed by
Nick

  • 11 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 30, 2015
Rated 5.0

This is not in the San Fran area. It's a crazy, winding mountain road that takes an hour each way with this amazing beach at the end. You have to see it if you're passing through. When's the next time you'll get a chance?

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jessblr22

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 06, 2015
Rated 5.0

Absolutely gorgeous! A little bit of a hike to get to and a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth the walk! Very quiet and serene. By far my favorite spot in the San Fran area

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