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Coastal Trail: Lagoon Creek

Intermediate
 4.4 (8)

A beautiful, undulating section of the long distance trail between DeMartin Beach and the mouth of the Klamath River.


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5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

Point to Point

559' 170 m

High

18' 5 m

Low

1,187' 362 m

Up

985' 300 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

57%

Max Grade (30°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Description

Access this trail from the DeMartin Beach Picnic Area or the Wilson Creek Day Use Area. This trail can be used in combination with others for many out-and-back options or it can be shuttled by leaving another vehicle somewhere along the route. The end of the trail is accessible by car off Requa Road/Patrick J Murphy Memorial Drive.

Head south, parallel to the 101 for three-quarters of a mile until the first bend in the trail heading right (west) toward the bluff. Heading straight on the Coastal Trail: Lagoon Creek to Parking Lot connector would bring you to the Lagoon Creek Day Use Area, another spot with parking and picnic tables.

Continue past the Yurok Loop Trail and enjoy this more secluded section of trail as it departs from the 101 along the coastline. Keep your eyes peeled for whale spouts!

After ~1.8 miles, you'll arrive at the junction with the Hidden Beach Trail. This marks the start of the first bluff climb. There are three distinct climbs on this trail and they each get successively larger, this being the smallest. The second climb comes immediately on the other side as the trail starts to gain some elevation above the shoreline.

After the second climb, you'll begin your final traverse and climb toward the mouth of the Klamath River. This has become a popular destination for anglers and surfers alike, with beautiful coastal scenes often shrouded in fog.

Look for the overlook and picnic area around 4.5 miles from the start, which can be an amazing spot for a snack when the weather cooperates. From here, the trail drops to the beach where you can soak your feet and recharge if you decide to go for the longer, out-and-back option.

Flora & Fauna

Be on the lookout for deer, pelicans, sea lions, otters, and whales.

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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  4.4 from 8 votes

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Photos

The view of the Klamath River flowing into the Pacific Ocean is quite beautiful.
May 10, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Hidden Beach on Coastal Trail
Jul 30, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Ocean view from Yurok Loop Trail.
Aug 13, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
Sunset over False Klamath Cove
Aug 13, 2017 near Bertsch…, CA
The mouth of the Klamath River.
Dec 21, 2016 near Bertsch…, CA
Clouds making for a nice sunset near the mouth of the Klamath River.
Dec 15, 2016 near Bertsch…, CA

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Oct 20, 2020
Bruce Hope
Aug 16, 2020
Valerie Norton
https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2020/08/california-coastal-trail-klamath-section.html
Dec 29, 2019
Edwin Greer
Aug 12, 2019
Pinky Bandit
Nice section along the Costal Trail
Jun 14, 2018
Amanda Houbre
Jan 28, 2018
Shallyn Wells
A beautiful hike. Quiet. If you go in winter you are unlikely to see another soul. Worth stopping at hidden beach. Mountain lion tracks. 8.8mi
Jan 1, 2017
Tilman Giese