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Ocean view from Trinidad State Beach
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Ocean view from Trinidad State Beach
Description - Many visitors to Patrick's Point like to visit the town of Trinidad, just five miles south the park. The first incorporated town on the North and the smallest incorporated town in California with just 325 residents; the site of Trinidad was discovered and described on Trinity Sunday in 1775 by the Spanish maritime explorer, Captain Bruno de Hezeta. The town was founded in April 1850 and enjoyed a flurry of activity for a few years, when it was the port from which miners and supplies reached the Trinity Mines and later the miner's camps at Gold Bluffs Beach in present-day Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Trinidad once had some 3,000 residents and served as the county seat from 1851 to 1854, but once the gold rush was over most everyone drifted away.

Today, park visitors enjoy scenic vistas of the rugged coastline and Trinidad Bay. The old lighthouse on Trinidad Head, a replica of the original, is no longer open to the public.

Recreation - Boat launching and rentals are available, as are Party boats for fishing expeditions. Trinidad State Beach, another prime fishing spot, is located just north of Trinidad where two small creeks enter the sea. On the high bluffs above the beach there is an open meadow with scattered stands of alders. Visitor facilities include restrooms, parking, and a small picnic area with, tables and stoves. Tucked in a secluded cove near the town of Trinidad, this small sandy beach is a pleasant retreat from the traffic of nearby Hwy. 101. It is a short hike through the woods, across open bluffs, and past seasonal wildflowers down to the beach. There is a natural arch near the north end of the beach. Low tide is the best time to visit.

The beach offers rest rooms, picnic area, parking area, trails, an open grassy area and spruce forest. The 1/2 mile trail to the beach drops 120. This is a day use only area.

Climate - Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
Coastal/temperate. Summer 50-60. Morning & evening fog is common. Winter 40-50 with 35" of annual rainfall occurring mostly Nov.-May.

Location - 19 miles north of Eureka, CA just off Hwy. 101.

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Report: I visited Trinidad Head and Trinidad Beach in August 2000 and it was a high point of my trip up Northern California. I hiked to the top of Trinidad Head - the view of the coastline from the top of the Head is memorable. It was a moderately difficult hike that I took slowly and thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend ordering the seafood crepes at the restaurant at the base of Trinidad Head - another memorable meal. This is an experience I highly recommend, and I am not easy to please. Kathryn

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Contact Information:
North Coast Redwoods District Headquarters, P.O. Box 2006, 3431 Fort Avenue, Eureka, CA 95503 , Eureka, CA, 95502-2006, Phone: 707-445-6547, Fax: 707-441-5737
, ncrhq@parks.ca.gov

Additional Information:
California Beaches -
North Coast State Parks and Beaches - The North Coast Region, stretches nearly 400 miles, from just north of San Francisco to the Oregon border. It is a land of rugged shoreline and pounding surf, of towering redwood forests and rushing rivers, of verdant hills and bountiful vineyards.

California State Parks - Official agency website.


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