A semi-hidden surprise lies at the end of Enderts Beach Road just south of Crescent City, California. Enderts Beach — voted one of the top beaches in California by a handful of magazines and publications — is a dazzling stretch of sand and pebbles on the shimmering Pacific Ocean.
Just a few steps from the parking area, you can head to the Crescent Beach Overlook for panoramic views of the Pacific. Pack a picnic lunch and watch for California gray whales or grab your pack and head down to the beach. During low tide, look for colorful sea stars and anemones at this prime tidepooling spot.
The Last Chance section of the California Coastal Trail rolls through here. Hike, bike or backpack your way from the parking area (out and back is about 12 miles). The trail climbs away from the beach and after three miles you will find yourself in an old-growth redwood forest.
A small dry camping area of five sites is tucked near the beach. Nickel Creek Campground is a first come, first serve walk-in campsite located a 1/2 mile from the parking area. You can pick up a free camping permit from the Crescent City Visitor Center.