Pelican State Beach is the northernmost beach in California and connects to Crissey Field State Recreation Beach (Oregon's southernmost beach). The parking area and access point is tucked away and hidden from view with no road signs directing your attention to the beach's presence. After driving down a gravel road rife with pot holes, parking can be found on the left side. A short trail leads past blackberry bushes with ripe summer berries and through a grassy section. Here large logs rest, washed up from large swells after being thrown into the ocean by rivers and cliffside disturbances. Another few steps takes visitors onto the beach where one can walk north or south, enjoying this coastal section. If one walks far enough north they will enter Oregon on foot and reach Crissey Field State Recreation Site.
Pelican State Beach borders the Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area, a location designated for protection of the ocean ecosystem. Before fishing or taking any organism from this beach, check the Marine Protected Area regulations.