marks the north end of California's redwood coast, and is the last point where the Pacific is bordered by steep, wooded hills; for the remaining 20 miles from here to the Oregon stateline, the land adjoining the ocean is mostly sand dunes or grassy flats. The beach, part of Redwood National Park
, is reached by driving 2 miles along a quiet side road, branching off US 101 just south of Crescent Junction. One short path descends to the ocean, while another - the long Coastal Trail - heads south into Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. The beach is usually foggy and wind-swept, and extends south for half a mile to an impassable promontory. About half way along, Nickel Creek emerges from a narrow gully framed by black rocks, ending in a brackish pool containing large, bleached pieces of driftwood.
: Redwood National Park