Pelican State Beach

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Pelican State Beach is a designated California State Beach located in Del Norte County, California. Located 21 miles (30 km) north of Crescent City on US Route 101 near the town of Smith River, this undeveloped site is immediately south of the Oregon state line, making this site the northernmost California state beach. It is the northern terminus of the California Coastal Trail. [1]

This beach is great for walking and beachcombing along the beautiful ocean views. [2] Because of its remote location and easy-to-miss access road, it has been described as "the loneliest beach in California". [3]

At five acres, this sandy beach contains grassy dunes and driftwood. There are no facilities, but parking is available. Climate can vary a lot, from cool, rainy winters to very sunny fall and spring. [4]

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  2. Pelican SB, accessed September 13, 2009
  3. "Pelican State Beach: A Serene Northern California Vacation Spot". Best California Beach. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  4. Pelican State Beach, accessed September 13, 2009

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