The dramatic 1/2-mile stretch of beach at Wilson Creek, or “False Klamath Cove,” is meant for strolling. It is not safe for swimming due to the steep beach slope, rocky conditions, frequent rough seas, and extremely cold water. Look for cormorants and pelicans fishing in the surf. Soaring above it all, occasionally, are bald eagles.
South of Wilson Creek, a 0.9-mile trail at the Lagoon Picnic Area leads to tide pools and sand at Hidden Beach (on national park property). You can also hike to Hidden Beach on the trail that starts across the road from the privately owned Trees of Mystery. That way, it’s a half-mile walk. While you’re there, you might want to check out the free “End of the Trail” museum at Trees of Mystery, which features Native American artifacts and history.