Hidden Beach Trail
The shorter but less interesting of the two paths to Hidden Beach has an inconspicuous beginning at the edge of the forest on the southwest side of US 101, just west of the motel opposite Trees of Mystery. The trail enters the woods, crosses a stream and stays fairly level, through overgrown surroundings to a junction with the Coastal Trail, from where the short spur to the beach forks off a few feet north. Parking is either at a narrow pullout by the trailhead or in the paved lots near the motel.
Coastal and Yurok Trails
The more scenic alternative route starts a mile north along US 101 at Lagoon Creek
, an NPS facility with rest rooms, information boards and picnic tables overlooking Lagoon Pond - a shallow pool covered by lily pads and separated from the Pacific by a wooded ridge. The lagoon drains northwards towards False Klamath Cove, and the path also begins in this direction, following the exit stream to an intersection with the Coastal Trail
; the right fork soon reaches another parking area at the south end of the cove, while the left fork crosses the creek and has brief views of the cove, at the edge of which is a dark water pool containing big pieces of bleached white driftwood. The path splits again, and both branches later rejoin to form a one mile circuit (Yurok Loop
). The inland section runs beside the lagoon, mostly out of sight of the water due to undergrowth, but within earshot of the highway traffic, then has a short, steep climb over the ridgetop to the other branch, the main Coastal Trail. From the initial junction near False Klamath Cove, this trail ascends a little through trees and bushes to a grassy bluff right opposite a sizable offshore rock, and close to several others. From here, the path heads south through a pleasant mix of forest and grassland, past the Yurok Loop junction and along to the Hidden Beach spur, after which the it climbs again into the spruce/alder forest, moving away from the ocean, and remains around 500 feet above the shoreline for another 2.8 miles, to the next access point near Klamath Overlook
Hidden Beach has about a quarter of a mile of fine grey sands, sprinkled with boulders and tide pools, and dominated by the rocky island to the south. This looks different from various angles, but is very scenic whatever the view. The increasingly rocky coastline could be followed for half a mile further south, before the cliffs start to become sheer.