This scenic trail descends about 900 feet in elevation through a Sitka Spruce-Western Hemlock rain forest, crosses two seasonal creeks and ends at a prairie headland overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Chitwood Falls cascades off the backside cliff at Hart's Cove. An unseen cove to the south resounds with the barking of sea lions. The strenuous trail traverses steep forested hillsides to a grassy meadow on the ocean’s edge. Trail is CLOSED annually from January 1-July 15 to protect sensitive resources.
At a Glance
Trail is CLOSED annually from January 1-July 15 to protect sensitive resources.
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Beach Access Limited to Protect Snowy Plovers March 15 - Sept 15
Beach access near plover nesting areas is limited during their breeding season, March 15 - September 15. In these areas, dry sand beach is CLOSED to entry. Within most plover nesting areas, dogs (on and off leash), kites (including drones), motorized vehicles, non-motorized vehicles (including bicycles) are prohibited in both dry and wet sand beach.
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