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Pretty trail, and well maintained. After the 4th mile it all looks the same though.

Great hike with lots to see

great views perfect hike

Beautiful hike along the beach. I highly recommend taking the upper ridge trail - we took the beach for half of the way there and definitely regret it. Although the upper ridge is soft sand in parts, overall much much better trail with just as beautiful views. Lighthouse was stunning with elephant seals sleeping right on the beach!

Hiked the southern Lost Coast Trail (Sinkyone Wilderness) with my son in early July 2018. Stared at Hidden Valley, out at Usal beach 3 days and 3 nights on the trail. Many beautiful sections on the trail, especially the tracks through the redwoods and near the coast (jones beach to bear harbor especially.) Sections through the dry, exposed tall grass and scrub sections were VERY challenging. Impossible without poles. Trail has collapsed in many sections. Lots of trees across the trail in higher sections. Lower sections overgrown with nettles & thorns. No trail maintenance in many years. Recommend long pants and long sleeves and gloves and boot traction covers (seriously!). Sinkyone VERY different from Kings Range section. Multiple 1000 ft plus elevation gains and losses. More time in the redwoods, very little on the beach. But ample rewards for the adventurous and prepared! Relatively few hikers on the trail. No problem finding nice campsites at backcountry sites. No problem with water at stream crossings. Lots of Elk, especially at Jones beach. No evidence of bears.
In summary, a challenging AND rewarding hike. Not for newbies or unprepared. 3 full days recommended for full southern section.

From State Beach parking lot you can go left down the creek trail to State Beach, or through the forest North then down a trail to College Cove. Or stay on the Bluff and continue to Elk Head for Bluff views of the ocean, and seal rock.
Between State Beach and College Cove there’s a rock arch by Pewetole Island that is great for tidepooling and photos.

Nice 45 minute loop trail with great ocean and harbor views. The working lighthouse is actually open for tours on the first Saturday each month, from 10-12! The grounds to simply view the lighthouse are open from sunup to sundown those days.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Worth the 8 bucks the state charges to get in. We went late in the day so we didn’t have a lot of time to explore. We drove by the park in the morning and it was pretty foggy. We came back, from a redwoods hike, and the fog had mostly dissipated. So I would recommend going in the afternoon and allow a few hours to explore the rim trails.

hiking
1 month ago

fun little walk , great views , even been to a wedding here pretty special spot to many .. great park in general ,lots of little trails that can be linked together , or enjoyed seperatly ... get out there check em out

1 month ago

great way to see the whole area , this links all the neat littlw areas along one trail , can also get a great view of the campgrounds , and day use areas , get all the views .. fun easy hike

June 12, 2018. My wife and I started at around 1:30 and took the high path (last 1/4 of the hike) on the way to the lighthouse. Note that the high trail is less traveled but the trail map w/GPS kept us pretty close to the barely discernible track. We saw many different varieties of flowers on the trip out which was a treat and the ocean views are spectacular.. Recommend hiking boots and poles if taking the high trail. We returned north via the low route... Lots of loose sand and strong headwinds made it a bit of a slog. Trip time ~ 2 hours out and 2 hours back. We are experienced hikers in our 60s and would give this a “hard” rating for a one day out and back (wind, sand, water crossing, and route finding (upper trail portion only).

We drove from Texas to hike this trail. Great setting with giant trees in a rain forest and the Pacific Ocean. The hidden beach a half mile from trail head is a bonus. Beautiful.

The trail is great until the last 1/3 of the route where it becomes narrow and overgrown with weeds and grass. The path down to the lookout is steep and has rebar sticking up so watch out! The views are mostly hidden by trees but you can hear the ocean and the sea lions. Of coarse the lookout is usually awesome pending fog and clouds. Be in shape the make the entire 9 + mile hike from the Yurok loop trailer head. It is easy turning to moderate + at the end.

Amazing and beautiful!

Great views of the Pacific Ocean and the City of Trinidad!

3 months ago

We took each trail we could to hike every rock formation and back to Rim Trail for a good 4.4 mile hike. Always happy climbing rocks an hiking.

When you get to the road at the end of fern canyon, head towards the beach and hike it back towards the campground. Absolutely one if the best hikes on the west coast!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail with great views. We took a lot of forks off the main trail to checkout some lookouts and to hike to the beach. We even saw a few seals!

Beautiful. From the parking area you can go either left or right both ways offer something special. The beach area is gorgeous and there is a large rock that people climb to the top for additional views! I do believe this is clothing optional beach as I have often seen people stripping down. This is one of my favorite local spots that keeps me coming back several times a year!

walking
3 months ago

Short loop trail that offers amazing views of Trinidad all along the way. Benches with views of the ocean throughout! Very easy for sure just make sure you are careful of the brush as there is some poison oak mixed in. If you stay on the trail you should be fine. Gorgeous

4 months ago

Poorly maintained with numerous fallen logs and an eroding path at several portions but still beautiful hike through Pacific rainforest with ocean on the other side. A couple of amazing vistas and a fun hidden beach but the extent of the forest often chokes off your views even high up.

This is are second home!!!
There are lot of unmarked trails that take you to the beach. make sure your aware of the tides that ocean Is an angry one!

Lovely, small beach. Lots of cool rocks. would like to explore the trail or hills leading to the beach though. did not take the scenic route.

walking
6 months ago

My friend visiting the area said this beach was straight out of a Lovecraftian novel. Definitely spooky, but beautiful. Great place to chill and make art in the sand. Water looks dark.

Wonderful hike to Hidden Beach! We arrived at sunset, and we're the only people on the beach. The trail was lightly trafficked.

Not sure what the previous review said about most of it is walking on a beach. None of the trail is on the beach.
Few things to note about this trail. The road leading to it is about 6-7 miles of some sketchy one lane dirt road filled with giant potholes, mud, rocks, debris, steep climbs and decent, and barely any room to move over if another car approaches you. If it has been raining a lot in the area and you don't have the proper vehicle, you'll probably get stuck in mud.
That said, the trail is very nice, but also sorta sketchy in some places.
There are orange and pink ribbons tied to various things that act as the trail marker but they just vanish after about 2-3 miles if you start at the southern most point. The trail is very narrow with lots of growth which makes it difficult to see where you should be going. It's not entirely obvious either if you think you can look at tracks on the ground. Sometimes the trail forks that lead you to dead ends, and you won't realize it's a dead end until the trail just suddenly stops.
Trekking poles are sorta useless in some spots due to all of the growth and extremely narrow sections (like, less than the width of your foot in some spots). It constantly snags on your poles. They are extremely helpful once you get to the parts where the trail eroded away off the side of cliffs where you need extra balance.
The views are spectacular though. Nice hike.

8 months ago

steep as you start up the trail but worth the effort. great ocean views and coastal terrain.

9 months ago

Very pretty trail, but did not go all the way through. Parts of it were closed. The parts that we did get to see were very pretty with lots of adorable banana slugs and the sound of seals.

Amazing coastal views! Trail gets a bit narrow and slick in spots, but not bad overall. Definitely worth heading down to Hidden Beach too (towards the end of the trail, signage is clear). Make sure to listen for the barking from sea lions!

hiking
9 months ago

Short easy trail, but the views are amazing!

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