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See the Klamath River flow into the Pacific from this dramatic overlook in Redwood National Park

 (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Why: Rugged coast. Big sand spit. Half-forgotten road. Blufftop perch. Despite all these assets, this dramatic corner of Northern California doesn't get that many visitors. So you'll probably have it to yourself.

What: Your gateway to the Klamath River Overlook is Requa, a hamlet -- the memory of a town, really -- along the Highway 101 south of Crescent City in Del Norte County. Its main landmark is the Historic Requa Inn, a rustic riverside lodging and restaurant that dates to 1914. If you can work out a way to eat dinner and spend a night there, do it. But don't stop there. Continue west 1.5 miles (no RVs!) on ramshackle Requa Road (which becomes Patrick J. Murphy Memorial Road on some maps) until there's no more road, and no more land. That will put you at the Klamath River Overlook. Drink it in. And if it's May or June, scan the ocean for gray whales. Rangers say they often linger to feed in the waters spilling from river to sea

This bluff is part of Redwood National and State Parks and it includes a modest picnic area. There's a steep Lower Overlook Trail that will take you about a quarter-mile down the slope, exposing further views. There's also a Coastal Trail to the north -- follow it for 2.7 miles and you'll reach Hidden Beach.

But the wide view from the picnic tables may well be plenty for you. There's something mesmerizing about it -- maybe it's the moving water. There's also a good chance of a stiff, cold breeze or fog, just about any time. Bring layers.

Where: Klamath River Overlook, 61 miles north of Arcata, 339 miles north of San Francisco, 713 miles northwest of downtown L.A.

How much: No entry fee.

Info: Redwood National and State Parks


 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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