The CCT heads southeasterly along a sandy beach for about a mile, then up onto a bench with a sandy climb to firmer footing and fine views. Hike along the flat below the black-skeletons of trees on the slope above, remnants of a 2003 fire. At about two miles, enter the mile long Big Flat, complete with a landing strip that serves the two beautiful houses at the base of the mountains. At the end of the landing strip, the CCT turns right towards the beach. The left branch is the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, leading to the Kings Crest Trail. There are campsites near the beach and up the canyon in the trees.
Beyond the broad gravelly wash of Big Flat Creek, climb slightly to traverse broad, wooded Miller Flat, then descend a steep slippery section to the rocky beach.
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