Pelican State Beach

Redwoods + Del Norte Coast, California

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Pelican State Beach


  • Short trail leading to the beach.- Pelican State Beach
  • Large piles of driftwood sit along the grasses.- Pelican State Beach
  • Overlooking the beach and ocean from the trail.- Pelican State Beach
  • A driftwood structure falls apart on the beach.- Pelican State Beach
  • Piles of kelp rest on the beach after being washed up.- Pelican State Beach
  • Several tracks lead around a kelp pile.- Pelican State Beach
  • Looking north toward Oregon and Crissey Field Beach.- Pelican State Beach
  • A nearby resort overlooks this beach.- Pelican State Beach
  • Trail leading back to the parking area.- Pelican State Beach
Overview + Weather
Northernmost beach in California.
Rough road.
Redwoods + Del Norte Coast, CA
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


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.

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