About Agate Beach in Mendocino, California
Agate Beach is just north of Mendocino Headlands State Park in the small town of Mendocino. Sea Rock Inn is across the street at the back of the cove. A tiny park signed “Sea Rock” is at the bluff’s edge and has unique wooden benches for resting while taking in this view. Unfortunately the beach is best accessed from the water by boat or kayak during calm conditions. Divers find their way into Agate Cove from nearby access points. The creek from Slaughterhouse Gulch flows under Highway 1 and then under Lansing Street before dumping onto the beach here. There is a parking space for one car on the east side of Lansing Street south of the Inn, but otherwise public parking is scarce here. This cove is a stunning sight with rocks offshore and headlands jutting out into the ocean. If there are agates down there, they are sure hard to get to. A determined person could probably find a way to scramble down the hillside near the creek outflow pipe, but it’s a steep route. Nearby are other picturesque coves within the state park along Heeser Drive and many hiking trails along the bluffs begging to be explored. Look for parking lots and restrooms along that road just south of Agate Beach.
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