Black Sands Beach

Shelter Cove, California 95589

Black Sands Beach

Black Sands Beach Professional Review and Guide

"Black Sands Beach with its coarse charcoal sand is not just another beach. This is a unique portal into the remote world of the Lost Coast at the foot of the King Range. This 8.4-mile out- and- back hike makes for a pleasant day and gives you a good sense of the isolated beauty of this stretch of coastline. Your pooch will enjoy the safe roaming space off leash, with a couple of opportunities to splash around in the seasonal creeks that run out of the canyons to the ocean."

More Black Sands Beach Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trailhead is the most accessible portal to the remote and legendary Lost Coast Trail. This hike is a triple treat. The California Coastal Trail runs along Blacks Sands Beach for 25 miles. The hike is a unique opportunity to experience the mystique of the wild and rugged Lost Coast and the King Range Conservation Area, most of which is more suited to the very intrepid."

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Trail Information

Shelter Cove
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Year- round; spring and fall have the least amount of fog; expect heavy rain in winter, but clear days between storms; can be windy year- round
114 feet
Trailhead Elevation
114 feet
Top Elevation
BLM King Range Project Office, 768 Shelter Cove Rd., Whitehorn 95589; (707)986-5400;
Local Contacts
USGS Shelter Cove; King Range National Conservation Area
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018