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Visited: November 27, 2015
Description: 3.5 mile stretch of coastline with “black sand”
Length: .5 miles or more, depending on where you park
Duration: 10 minutes or more
Terrain: Dirt trail to beach and then rocky
Parking: Lot (40.045432, -124.077323)
Best time to go: Anytime
Bring: Camera, motion sickness pills (just in case), beach stuff (if you plan on chilling here)
The drive to Black Sands Beach off the 101 was kind of annoying… It’s a 25.5 mile, windy, backroad that took almost an hour to drive. We’d recommend you spend a day here or it’s not worth your time (unless you live closeby). But if you’re like HikeSnobs, you don’t care how far you have to go out of your way to see awesome things 😀
After what seemed like forever, we finally reached our destination.
To the left of the sign is the road that takes you straight to the viewpoint. Unfortunately, only handicapped parking is available. To the right is parking for everyone else.
Seeing that no one else was here so early in the morning, we decided to just park in the handicapped spot and make our way down to the beach. We weren’t going to be long anyways. The trail is a really simple switchback down.
Once we hit the beach, we noticed the rocks were kind of big and gray… Where’s the black sand? Walking farther toward the ocean, we spotted the black sand.
Now, Black Sands Beach doesn’t actually have black sand (yet). The black sand beaches along the coast are a result of shale cliffs that have eroded along the beach, creating the dark charcoal-gray colored sand.
The good thing about this beach? No more thousands of tiny little grains of sand stuck everywhere on your body. Now it’s just hundreds of pebbles and/or rocks getting lodged up your buttcrack.
We didn’t stay long or go far. We were happy with what was in front of us. Maybe we’ll travel farther next time, when we don’t have a long itinerary to stick to.
Just a precaution, if you see an abandoned car on the side of the road and decide you’d like to smash it’s window, DON’T. Or be really careful doing it. One of our members suffered a severe injury and we had to rush her to the nearest hospital. Not the best way to start our roadtrip, or ANY trip. To this day, Alice is still traumatized by the incident…
Main lesson of the day: Use one hand to smash a window and/or wear gloves. Two hands will likely cause an injury. Or maybe it should be… Don’t do crazy things? Nah, that’s never going to happen.
- Don’t stop for any abandoned cars on the side of the road and decide to have fun with it… hehe
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