Crescent Beach Overlook

Wooden platform and handrails over look a blue ocean and sweeping beach.
Since time immemorial, Crescent Beach has provided food, transport, and community to humans.

NPS Photo / B. Marciniec.

Quick Facts
Three miles south of Crescent City, CA
A high scenic view of Crescent City's beaches and harbor.
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Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Parking - Auto, Picnic Table, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trash/Litter Receptacles

When it is not foggy, this overlook reveals miles of beach, the harbor of Crescent City, and views of jagged off-shore sea stacks. Incredible sunset photos can be taken here too.

There is parking for two vehicles. A short paved trail leads to an overlook platform and access to three picnic tables. Two interpretive signs discuss this area's history and geology.

A few hundred feet to the left is the end of Enderts Beach Road.  This has more parking, an accessible vault toilet, and is the trailhead for the "Last Chance Section" of the California Coastal Trail.

This sweeping coastline is part of traditional lands and waters of Tolowa people. Fish, whales, and other mammals found here have long been a part of Tolowa culture and life. Their connection to the land and ocean in front of you remains strong.

Today, the harbor at Crescent City provides industry and employment for a large population dependant on the bounty of the Pacific Ocean - and of the land.

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Last updated: July 19, 2022