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Trinidad Head Trail



1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 268' 82 m
Descent: -177' -54 m
High: 310' 94 m
Low: 42' 13 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)


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Trail shared by Dara Zimmerman

A loop trail with stunning 360-degree coastal views.

Dara Zimmerman

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open year-round.


The Trinidad Head Loop Trail is approximately 1.4 miles long and has 360-degree views of Trinidad and the surrounding northern Humboldt coast. Trinidad Head was added to the California Coastal National Monument managed by BLM in January of 2017. The trail can be taken in either direction; either clockwise up a paved service road with a more gentle incline or counterclockwise with a steep incline at the start of the trail. Spur trails offer impressive views from wooden benches.

The trail on the western side of the head is a singletrack graveled path that is often covered over with wind swept foliage, featuring views of the ocean and up the coast toward Redwood National Park. The trail on the eastern side of the head is a paved service road in good condition, offering quaint views of the historic town and harbor of Trinidad and the Westhaven area.

Maps show an access road to the former lighthouse, but there is a locked Coast Guard gate where the trail changes from pavement to gravel.

Flora & Fauna

Huckleberry, blackberry, blue blossom, seagulls, hawks, whales and sea lions.

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Apr 21, 2019
Alicia Ledesma
Beautiful scenery overlooking the ocean. Lots of hidy home trails. Very breezy 1.2mi
Jan 27, 2019
Genady Shagal
Nov 12, 2018
Megan Tyler
Aug 13, 2018
Genady Shagal
41.056490, -124.150665 TH
Jun 14, 2018
Serena Stoiantschewsky
Stunning views, super windy but very nice view of the water and the Trinidad
Dec 25, 2017
stuart schwartz
Good trail. Very scenic!! 1.6mi
Jan 5, 2017
Tilman Giese
1.5mi — 0h 39m

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158 Views Last Month
2,236 Since May 8, 2017



The west side of the Trinidad Head Trail looks toward Trinidad State Beach and College Cove.
May 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
The view from Trinidad Head can feature whales, surfers, and sea lions if you're lucky!
May 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
View of the bay.
Jun 26, 2019 near Westhav…, CA
The west side of Trinidad Head Loop Trail offers a truly beautiful experience amongst shady tunnels and ocean views.
May 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Trinidad State Beach is quite beautiful from the Trinidad Head Trail.
May 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Experience a gorgeous Trinidad Bay view from the Trinidad Head Loop Trail.
May 8, 2017 near Westhav…, CA


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