Black Sands Beach


Sausalito, CA

Some may think that black sand beaches are limited far off places like Hawaii or Iceland— BUT being the best place in all the land, Norcal has its own version of the rare coastline feature. In the Golden Gate recreation area on the Sausalito Coast lies the appropriately named Black Sands Beach which in fact does have black sand (surprise!!).  The oceanfront offers sweeping views stretching from the City & the Golden Gate to Point Bonita Lighthouse. It is a relatively secluded destination and in classic “free spirit” San Francisco fashion this particular stretch of sand is a “clothing optional” beach. The coastline is broken into different coves which have rock formations lined with intricate layers of sediment shaped by years of ocean tides. Black Sands is a short distanced walk down the path from Upperfisherman’s trailhead which is located directly off of Conzelman road. There is a parking lot at the trailhead but you can also just park on the roadside without any fee. Attached is a link of the exact location of the beach. Happy adventuring!!

See Black Sands Beach ( ) in Google Maps.


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