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Black Sands Beach

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Unique beach - Long drive

This beach is definitely very unusual in that the sand is very fine black rocks. Make sure to wear... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Phoenix, Arizona
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Such a pretty and fun place! We hiked the lost coast trail and finished here. It was absolutely... read more

Reviewed June 6, 2017
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Shelter Cove, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is definitely very unusual in that the sand is very fine black rocks. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes. It's definitely very hard to reach since the parking lot is on a hill and then you have to walk down the hill to...More

Thank Roxhound
Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

Such a pretty and fun place! We hiked the lost coast trail and finished here. It was absolutely lovely but quite a challenge to hike. It's a must see!!

Thank Unbelievablel
Reviewed May 7, 2017

I visited here recently with friends and was so glad we stuck with it over narrow, curvy roads to get there. The beach is beautiful and gives you a sense of the California Lost Coast. It is definitely not for swimming (many warnings about dangers)...More

1  Thank betteskid
Reviewed April 5, 2017

AS a fan of light houses, to have one within walking distance of our room was a bonus. The rugged, but beautiful beach was accessible. Bring your camera for all the various sea life and animals populating the black sand beach.

1  Thank JEFF L
Reviewed February 14, 2017

After spending two days here, we never wanted to leave. The beach is quite amazing, black sands as far as the eye can see. It's a short hike from the parking lot down to the beach and the trail is wide and solid. As with...More

1  Thank Michael g
Reviewed February 9, 2017

Beautiful beach, pet friendly and well worth the drive to get here. Secluded, quiet and somewhat rocky. Quite the scenic drive, curvy roads, better have your brakes checked, you will use them!

2  Thank Sam M
Reviewed January 28, 2017

If you're not from this part of California, it's a trek to drive here, but damn is it worth it. It's so secluded and calm. The water will probably always be too cold to swim in versus SoCal, but the views of the huge trees...More

Thank Rejeena V
Reviewed November 12, 2016

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.

1  Thank Megan A
Reviewed November 11, 2016

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...More

Thank amiranten11
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 !

Thank Jim W
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May 1, 2017|
Response from Michael g | Reviewed this property |
It's just a short drive from the RV Park, just north of the airport. Take Upper Pacific Drive to Humboldt Loop and follow that to the end. Take a right on Beach Road, then a quick left to the Trailhead Parking Lot. It's a... More