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Elk Head Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 19' 6 m
Descent: -150' -46 m
High: 194' 59 m
Low: 51' 16 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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Trail shared by Dara Zimmerman

An easy trail with outstanding views of College Cove beach and the coast.

Dara Zimmerman

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Description

This is an easy and wide gravel path with scenic views and beach access that is well maintained. The trail leads to vistas at Elk Head and Megwil Point, and offers access to a beautiful beach with good surfing and tide pools set around picturesque tree-covered sea stacks.

Elk Head Trail and College Cove are part of Trinidad State Beach, managed by the California State Park system.

Flora & Fauna

iSitka spruce, thimbleberry, rhododendrons, ferns, skunk cabbage, tide pools, whale watching and a variety of birds.

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Nov 12, 2019
Andrew Romero

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  4.3 from 3 votes

#6808

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Trail Rankings

#681

in California

#6,808

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The Elk Head Trail offers a phenomenal view of College Cove Beach and Trinidad Head.
May 14, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
There's a lot of interesting rock on Megwil Point.
May 14, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
The staircase at Megwil Point leads to an awesome coastal vantage point right on the bluff.
May 14, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
Elk Head Connector Trail is just as beautiful as the other area trails.
May 14, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
You can glimpse a view of Trinidad Head from the Elk Head Trail.
May 14, 2017 near Westhav…, CA
You're almost to the beach!
May 14, 2017 near Westhav…, CA

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