The north coast of California has some of the most spectacular beaches in the nation. You can walk on some for miles and never see a soul. Enjoy the roar of the waves, the diving sea birds and the seals and sea lions. If you want a user friendly guide to all the coastal trails in the area, see the Redwood Hikes website www.redwoodhikes.com/.

The Klamath River estuary

The Klamath River estuary

Mouth of the Klamath: Make a right out of the Chere-ere Bridge Campground and follow Klamath Beach Road to the edge of the Klamath River estuary. Take in the view from the top of the hill before parking at the base and walking on the sand spit to the mouth of the Klamath. The river moves back and forth from south to north from year to year depending on weather, wind, river flows,  ocean current and tides. Salmon, smelt, anchovies, seals, sea lions, pelicans, gulls, eagles, ospreys, sport anglers, and Native fishermen create an amazing scene.

Chae-ere Bridge 173Coastal Trail (Hidden Beach Section): Take Requa Road west off Highway 101, just north of Klamath. and you will end up at a spectacular overlook.  If you get lucky you can see whales from here and the amazing fish and wildlife where the Klamath River meets the ocean. From here the Hidden Beach section of the Coastal trail extends north 3.6 miles to False Klamath Cove. The descent to Hidden Beach is within a mile of the northern end.

LK_Bryants_Yard_RockGarden 147Carruthers Cove Trail: Want a beach to yourself that stretches out for miles? Go four miles south of Chere-ere Bridge Campground, take the Elk Prairie Parkway and make the first right on what is left of the Coastal Drive. Look closely on your left for a pull out that only has a small sign saying Coastal Trail. The steep trail to the beach is about a mile. Impressive rock features on beach and off shore attract marine birds, and mammals can be seen feeding and resting here.

Chae-ere Bridge 275Yurok Coastal Trail: Just beyond the Carruthers Cove Trail the Coastal Drive ends at a gate. The portion of the road extending along the cliffs back towards the mouth of the Klamath River has been converted to a trail. The old road is easy walking and has occasional spectacular ocean views.  The forest is mostly spruce and alder.