Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Black Sands Beach
Shelter Cove, King Range National Conservation Area California


Dark colored sands are common on the north coast, but the beach just north of Shelter Cove is the blackest and biggest. This is the south end of the twenty five mile Lost Coast hike. The King Range rises in one continuous steep slope from sea level to 4000 feet, second highest slope on the California coast (after Cone Peak in Big Sur).



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Interpretive signs at the Black Sands Beach Viewpoint

(January 21, 2008)


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Black Sands Beach at the north end of the village of Shelter Cove

(January 21, 2008)


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A brilliant winter day on Black Sands Beach at Shelter Cove

(January 21, 2008)


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A small stream crosses Black Sands Beach

(January 21, 2008)


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Black Sands Beach on the Lost Coast, north of Shelter Cove

(January 21, 2008)


Next Locality: Shelter Cove