Agate Beach

If you love rocks, whales or a getting sand between your toes on a walk that could go on for miles, don't miss Agate Beach! Enjoy it so many ways: Gaze out from the overlook at three miles of beach that continues to Big Lagoon County Park, and then let your eyes drift another four miles along the sandy bar that separates Big Lagoon from the Pacific. Or walk down to the beach, following the trial's gentle switchbacks to a final, steeper descent on a set of cabled steps. It's easier than it looks -- but the last few steps can be slippery after a rain. Once you've arrived, you'll find some of Humboldt's best rock-hunting, with agates, jasper, striking porphyry  and sometimes a bit of petrified wood. During the spring and fall migrations, you may see whales spouting -- keep a lookout from the beach, the trail or the overlook. Now and then a seal pup or weakened, young sea lion may come ashore -- to protect these and other wild creatures, please do not bring dogs to Agate Beach.