Explore the most popular hiking trails in Trinidad State Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

hiking
2 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!

walking
4 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.

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.

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

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

hiking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
10 months ago

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.

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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

Friday, December 30, 2016

Like some of the other users, it's not much of a hike but more like a scenic walk. Part road /part trail. Lots of benches and the views are beautiful. I personally prefer to feel lost in nature.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Not much of a hike, more like a scenic walk with lots of benches along the way for beautiful ocean views. Mellow, gradual incline. My favorite quick walk to get my blood moving. Oh, the only view of the lighthouse is from a wooden platform at the top, near the big cross. You can just see the roof peeking out from the trees down below. Hike it for the ocean views and not to see the lighthouse.

hiking
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Beautiful views on a nice calm day on the ocean for a change...

hiking
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Not really much of a trail. 4 stars for the ocean and harbor views... Part of it is a road and the parts that are a trail are mostly cut out from hedges. But the views are incredible and worth the time. I've driven by Trinidad my whole life but had never seen it until today.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

it is very easy. The trail is flat and easily accessible to anyone. there is a path that is off of this one and that one is a little harder. Beautiful view on the beach!

Monday, September 12, 2016

easy trail and an amazing view at the top!

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