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Address: Shelter Cove, CA

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Gaze upon the majestic King Range Conservation Area from the black pebble beach.

Gaze upon the majestic King Range Conservation Area from the black pebble beach. The wild redwood forest tumbles right into the ocean shore. The ocean is rough here- not for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Megan A
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gaze upon the majestic King Range Conservation Area from the black pebble beach. The wild redwood forest tumbles right into the ocean shore. The ocean is rough here- not for swimming.

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PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I expected a short visit, but spent 2 hours exploring this beautiful area. The beach is rocky so wear shoes and there are warning signs about dangerous waves which kept us at bay from the water, but we enjoyed watching the waves crashing on the shore and the pelicans and sea lions.

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Thank amiranten11
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Sand is a bad word. But that's not bad. It is all smooth black pea sized gravel. Not a place to swim at all !! Very dangerous undertow and surf. Absolutely beautiful watch though !

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Thank Jim W
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

Remote. I visited in October and encountered no one and no bears. Heed the signs - There are numerous black bear warnings!

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Thank Rosslyn H
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

If you are looking for a California beach that is remote and unspoiled, this is the place. I go several times a year and it's amazing each time.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

Cars are parked here for long periods of time if you are taking the one way shuttle. There are facilities, secured trash bins, toilets, handicap parking and an excellent view of the ocean. This is where you end your backpacking journey from Mattole Beach. You can call home for the moment.

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The light house is very neat and the walk down to the beach is fairly easy. The best time to go is low tide. The seals are always on the rocks and make a lot of noise.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

The Black Sands Beach is experienced in stages, first from the parking lot overlook which gives you the lay of the land which is just miles and miles of beach abutting the coastal range. A relatively short walk to the beach spins your head around by shifting perspective with the beach and waves and bluffs and mountains all overwhelming the... More 

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Carrollton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

If your idea for a day at the beach is laying out on the sand or splashing around in the water, this a completely different experience. The high temperature when we were there was about 55. There are signs telling you to stay out of the water because of rogue waves and riptides. Instead of sand, there are beautiful, smooth... More 

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Thank Greg C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Stunningly beautiful. The black pebbles make an unforgettable and unique shush-and-clatter sound in the surf.

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