Hidden away just half a mile from Highway 1, Keyhole Arch at Pfeiffer Beach is one of the most mesmerizing sights along the coast of California. The beam of sun rays that pierce through the rocky formation can only be seen during the winter solstice, but visiting in the colder months is well worth it for this incredible display of ethereal light.
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How to get there
N36° 14' 18.0348"W121° 49' 00.5268"
This image was taken at Pfieffer Beach, right in front of Keyhole Arch.
To reach Pfieffer Beach, turn off of Highway 1 onto Sycamore Canyon Rd. The road is marked by an unmissable yellow sign warning "Narrow Roads". Cautiously continue down this road until reaching the Entrance to Pfieffer beach.
From the parking lot (36.238132, -121.812358), head down toward the road, which will eventually take you to the beach. Reference the GPS coordinates and you'll see the keyhole from the shore.
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