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Luffenholtz Beach

Humboldt, California

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  • Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • Distinctive rock heads at Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • The view from from the trail to Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • Luffenholtz beach area.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • Sunset on the Pacific from Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • Looking south from Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • The trail climbing back to the parking area from Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • A spectacular sunset from Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • The rugged coast is quite scenic.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • A break in the clouds above the coast north of Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • The sun sets on the distant horizon as waves pour over the rocky coast of Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • Vibrant skies over Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • The light of a fishing boat on the horizon as seen from the sandy section of Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • The setup of a vibrant sunset over Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
  • Gentle waves break over the rocky coast north of Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Beach
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Pros: 
Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Solitude. Beachcombing.
Cons: 
Steep trail. Limited parking.
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Region:
Humboldt, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

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Luffenholtz beach is a great place to observe the beauty of the Pacific Ocean while relaxing and exploring one of Northern California's more solitary beach environments.  The beach is best during low tide, and visitors should be cautious during high tide as the beach becomes mostly covered by waves.

After hiking down the short and steep access trail, Luffenholtz Beach stretches out before you. While the beach is not desirable for surfing or swimming, it is perfect for summer picnics, beachcombing for shells, and tide pooling. You are almost guaranteed to find a variety of local creatures living in the tide pools, including crabs, sea urchins, starfish, mussels, and sea snails. The beach is a great place to enjoy a Pacific sunset, and the various rocks protruding from the ocean are distinctive photographic subjects.

A small creek feeds into the ocean during the winter months, and beachcombing is available year-round. There are no bathroom facilities or trash cans on the beach. The nearest facilities are located just down the road at Luffenholtz Park (which also is the overflow parking lot, as there are only a few spots near the trailhead). While not the optimum spot to search for gray and humpback whales, sightings do occur, and local seals are often spotted bobbing up and down in the waves. A variety of local seabirds are regularly in attendance on the beach and surrounding sea rocks, including the tufted puffin, Leach's storm-petrel, snowy plover, and the fork-tailed storm petrel.

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