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The jaw-dropping beauty of the Trinidad coastline is largely due to the spectacular jumble of offshore rocks and sea stacks, Depending on the tides and time of year, near shore rocks are favorite sunning spots for local sea lions. At low tides visitors can explore tide pools and sea life among the exposed rocks and reefs. The village of Trinidad is fronted by several phenomenal beaches, some broad, expansive and easily reached, and others are hidden gems requiring a trek down trails and stairs. Yet each has its own unique characteristics and all are well worth the visit.


Trinidad State Beach
is probably the most frequently visited beach in Trinidad village. On the Pacific Ocean at the foot of Edwards Street, you'll find the Trinidad Pier with a boat launching facility, the Seascape restaurant, public restrooms, ample parking, and the trail up and around Trinidad Head begins here. Trinidad Beach, is a kid friendly beach just right of the parking area, running north for a half mile below the village bluffs. A small creek crosses the beach at the northern end.

Named by the Yurok Indians, Old Home Beach lies due south of Trinidad village just below the bluffs. The Axel Lindgren trail to the beach begins just below Memorial Lighthouse at the juncture of Trinity and Edwards streets. The ancient Yurok Village of Tsurai lies in the forest cover to the left of the trail as you head down toward the beach. The area is considered sacred by the Yurok and should be treated as such by visitors who are advised to stay on the trail and restrict their exploration to the beach. Somewhat isolated and a little challenging the trail has over two hundred steps down to the beach, but most visitors consider it well worth the effort.
Looking south across Trinidad Bay from Old Home Beach, visitors can see Luffenholtz, Camel Rock and a distant Clam Beach off to the left. Little Head, Trinidad Pier and Trinidad Head are off to the right. Visitors may also access Old Home Beach from a trail off of Wagner Street and from the Parker Creek Trail, both of which are east of Memorial Lighthouse.
At low tides visitors can proceed north of the creek. At very low tides they can also reach a large sea stack just off shore named Pewetole Island. Reaching Pewetole, visitors must exercise great caution lest they be caught and stranded by the incoming tide. Trinidad Beach is popular with families because of its ease of access and proximity to the pier, the restaurant and Trinidad Head. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.

Clam Beach: About six miles south of Trinidad, just off of Highway 101, Clam Beach is long and flat with gentle surf, where visitors can walk for miles. As the name indicates, this beach is wonderful for clamming during clam season. Clam Beach is also the finish line for the famous Trinidad-Clam Beach Run which the Chamber of commerce sponsors very year at the end of January or the beginning of February, depending on the tides. There are two parking lots, campsites and basic restrooms.

Little River Beach: Located at the north end of Clam Beach, Little River beach is bisected by the Little River. Both beaches are dog and horse friendly and usually sparsely populated even during weekends and holidays. Runners in the Clam Beach Run cross Little River here before continuing south for another mile to the finish line on Clam Beach.
Access Challenging Beaches:

Running south from Main Street in Trinidad, aptly named Scenic Drive provides access to three absolutely incredible beaches, but beach goers must be physically fit and willing to hike the trails and stairways that lead from Scenic Drive down to the water. Scenic Drive hugs the side of steep bluffs that suffer constant assault from North Coast weather. In several places erosion has reduced Scenic Drive to a one-lane road.
Visitors are well advised to drive slowly, cautiously and with a great spirit of cooperation. Keep an eye open for the wide places where two cars may pass in the constricted areas. The beaches are well worth the effort, and the vistas from several turnouts along the drive are truly spectacular, with on eye on the conditions of the road.

Moonstone Beach: Just to the north of Little River where it enters Trinidad Bay is Moonstone Beach. A popular beach with surfers, depending on the wave sets, Moonstone is also popular with dog owners. Visitors access the beach off of Scenic Drive about three miles south of Trinidad. Just before Scenic Drives veers left to join Highway 101, Moonstone Beach Road comes in on the right. There is a modest mostly gravel parking lot that may accommodate up to twenty vehicles, and one lone port-a-potty by the entrance to the beach itself. Much cozier than the expansive stretches of Clam Beach, Moonstone is a good place for your puppy to meet other puppies along the surf line.

Luffenholtz Beach: This is a spectacular rocky cove with numerous tide pools full of sea creatures. It is a kid friendly beach with lots to explore and Luffenholtz Creek running across the beach into Trinidad Bay. The parking lot off of Scenic Drive is about 2 miles south of Trinidad. Beach access is via a steep staircase 200 feet north of the parking lot. The staircase ends on the beach near Luffenholtz Creek which crosses the beach into Trinidad Bay. The near-shore area is covered with rocks that give the beach its unique character. Tide pools and reefs will lure visitors away from the shore, but they must keep an eye on the tide to avoid becoming stranded. Due west of the small parking area a set of stairs and a narrow trail provide access to a point a few hundred feet above the water and perhaps a hundred yards from Scenic Drive. From this point there are wonderful views across the bay to Trinidad Head. To the south is vantage point is Houda Point with Camel Rock just off shore. There is one picnic table by the parking area.
Camel Rock

Houda Point/Camel Rock: North of Moonstone is Houda Point with the distinctive Camel Rock just offshore, about 2.3 miles south of the village. A very popular surfing spot and eye-catching spot on the North Coast for those with the legs to reach it. There is parking for about a dozen vehicles off Scenic Drive. Beach access is via a long staircase from a nicely shaded bit of lawn near the parking lot. All beachgoers and surfers must take the steep staircase down to the bit of sand from which surfers launch their boards. There are beautiful vistas from the area on Houda Point. And those small black things on the water just to the south of Camel Rock are surfers waiting for that perfect swell rolling past the rock. Beautiful and semi-secluded, visitors must not forget the hike up the stairs to get back to their cars.

College Cove: This beach is actually two small coves, north and south, divided by high tides. Several small streams and waterfalls come down the bluffs that back the beach to the east. College Cove is a secluded gem, off the beaten track just north of Trinidad, well sheltered with less wind and multiple opportunities for shade, as always beach goers should be aware of the tides and plan accordingly.
Please Note:College Cove is a popular clothing optional beach. The more modest beachgoers, however, generally outnumber the freer spirits.

Looking south from College Cove, you'll can see Pewetole Island just off of Trinidad State Beach. When the wind and waves sets are just right, there's an impressive blow-hole on the island which can only be seen from College Cove. When beachgoers are fortunate enough to see the blow-hole in action, it is an "oh, Wow" moment. | ©1775 - 2016 | Trinidad Chamber of Commerce