"No Sailing Directions are required for this anchorage. It is perfectly safe from May to October and will be found of importance as a Harbor of Refuge for vessels that may have suffered on their way North from the strong head winds that generally prevail along the coast during these months."
Reconnaissance of Trinidad Bay, California U.S. Coast Survey, 1851
A guide of Trinidad area beaches with access information, highlights, and locations
A favorite for families and their pets, this beach offers fine dining nearby (Moonstone Grill), rock climbing, cave exploring, surfing, and river frolicking for all. Parking is available at beach level for immediate beach access.
It is well worth the effort to descend the stairs down the side of the hill that lies above this stunning beach park. This sunny cove has amazing tide pool exploration opportunities, a perennial creek, large boulders, and stunning views of Trinidad Bay. This is a great place for a romantic picnic or for families to play.
This is a local favorite spot for surfing and also offers short trails to view the magnificent coastline as far as Cape Mendocino. Check the current conditions on the Camel Rock Web Cam: http://www.camelrocksurfcam.com/.
Easy to moderate hiking (stairs) required.
(Photo: Lowell Cottle)
Not far from Luffenholtz Beach and County Park, Baker Beach is a favorite destination for clothing-optional sun bathers. This secluded cove features shade trees at beach level, great snorkeling (bring a wetsuit!), tide pooling, exploring nearby rocks and trails, as well as amazing views.
Patrick`s Point State Park
This state park's dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder stretch over an ocean headland with lovely wildflower-festooned meadows.
A dramatic shoreline ranging from broad sandy beaches to sheer cliffs that rise high above the Pacific Ocean offers great opportunities to explore tide pools, search for agates and driftwood, watch whales, sea lions and brilliant sunsets.
The park offers several miles of hiking trails, a recreated Yurok Village, a native plant garden, visitor center, three family campgrounds, 2 group camps, a camp for hikers and bicyclists, and 3 group picnic areas.
4150 Patrick's Point Drive Patrick's Point State Park Trinidad, CA 95570
Located on the shores of Trinidad's residential area and flanked by Trinidad Head, visitors can park above the beach and hike down on a well-maintained trail that winds along Mill Creek and its lush riparian and forest zones. Beach access is also available by parking at the base of Trinidad Head. This park offers breathtaking views along the Elk Head Coastal Trail, rugged rock formations, and picturesque Pewetole Island. Look for the blowhole during large swells!
(Photo: Lowell Cottle)
This beach is well protected and warm. A moderate hike down hillside steps provides access to seclusion and amazing views of Pewetole Island, its blowhole (on larger swell days) and the Trinidad Head. Parts of this beach are clothing optional.
Take Patrick's Point Drive, L on Anderson, R on Stagecoach, look for signs on L
This quiet, wave-sheltered beach is just right for a peaceful stroll. The surf is gentle, the sand is dreamy, and the beach inspires exploration of its diverse features. It is a safe and enjoyable place for small children to wade and play. Be sure to visit this beach during low tide. Access the trail of stairs at the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse.
Directly below California registered historical landmark No. 838 was located the ancient Yurok village of Tsurai. A permanent Indian community of the past, the houses were of hand-split redwood planks, designed for defense and protection. The village was occupied until 1916 (source: HMDB.org). Tsurai villagers launched their canoes into the ocean from here. Each rock and place has a special name and meaning.