Looking for a great trail in Trinidad State Beach, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, beach trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Trinidad State Beach ranging from 0.8 to 2 miles and from 36 to 341 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



It is a short hike through the woods, across open bluffs, and past seasonal wildflowers down to the beach. Low tide is the best time to visit. 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. Park open sunrise to sunset.

Very enjoyable hike with beautiful views. Spend some time on the beach afterwards!

It’s an easy stroll through the forest, with incredible coastal views along the way. The descent to Elk Head is an incredible panoramic view. Crashing waves, the sun peeking through a cloudy sky: this hike is good for the soul.

12 days ago

Great little hike with some impressive views to college cove and Trinidad Head. Great spot for whale watching too.

Absolutely beautiful views! Well worth it!!

2 months ago

I come to Trinidad every year to visit family, but this is the first time I went on this trail. I didn’t know about it until recently. Flat, well kept and it has magnificent views everywhere. Take the spurs!

Wow, this is amazing!!

A great hike with amazing views. DO NOT go on this hike with the expectation of seeing the lighthouse unless you are there the first Saturday of the month. That is when they open the gate and access to the lighthouse is better.

Great hike with lots to see

A nice easy trail with a decent viewpoint. It was a cloudy day, but I still enjoyed myself. There was a path down to the beach. I was able to do the whole thing in flip-flops with only a few spots of difficulty.

great views perfect hike

9 months ago

Great trail combines flat forest trail with ocean view that breaks out at the top of Elk Head. Look down on Seal Rock and hear Sea lions barking. Watch ocean going fishing boats come and go.

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.

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

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!

11 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

They have since moved the lighthouse down the road to by the pier. It’s not much of a trail just a bunch of stairs down to the beach but Trinidad’s beaches are beautiful.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

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

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Nice short hike with views of the ocean, but nothing amazing. Can't see the headlight though...

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Enjoyable simple trail that ends up at the beach near Trinidad, Took a few photos but not of the beach. I got distracted throwing a stick in the surf for my lab, Brook,... Nice little stream and a couple of bridges. Way too many spur trails along the way, Found two couples a bit lost due to the confusing spurs along the trail.

Nice little trail with some old. slightly dangerous steep stairs. I wouldn't rate this one easy simply because of the stairs. I noticed most people including that were there and one in the few reviews here didn't go down them. Beautiful little town with some nice little trails. Awesome views!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Nice little trail with some great views. Surprising amount of cars and lack of people on the trail. Quite a few spurs off in every direction with people taking alternate routes away from the main trail. heard kids playing off in the trees in several places. Nice ocean views off some of the spurs!

Easy walk I assume. The memorial is under some construction but there were people sitting near the edge so I couldn't get a good picture. We drove from the memorial to the beach parking lot, then hiked to the lighthouse.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A little incline at the beginning. Beautiful scenic views of the waves. The lighthouse isn't visible except for the very top. Bummer that there's lots of brush in the way. Loved that there's lots of benches for viewing. Wish the lighthouse was easier to see

Monday, September 04, 2017

Starts out paved, then splits and you have the option of a lovely wooded dirt trail or staying on the paved road. Gorgeous views across the ocean.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Pretty steep incline at least to begin.... we took a wheelchair up the hill and boy that was a workout. So not really wheelchair friendly. Also the road to the lighthouse is closed but up at the point to view the lighthouse you can see a tiny part of the top of it looking to the right standing on top of the lookout.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Went here with our dog and two kids (ages 2&6) very easy trail with beautiful wildflowers along the entire trail. Took a path down to the water, it was a beautiful cove with lots of tide pools.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful, short and easy hike with incredible views of the ocean. The lighthouse is hardly visible, but besides that it was a wonderful hike

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