Elk Head Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trinidad, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.2 miElevation gain134 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingBeachForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBlowdownMuddy
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Adam Forga
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great easy trail, the beach on the way is well protected from the wind.

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Marisa Morse
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A little muddy but for sure manageable!

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Camille Eskelson
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it was muddy in places, but the views, even in the fog, were worth it!! a great trail for kids!

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m wilson
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the trail is easy, however it can be muddy after rains. the views are breathtaking!

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Ryan Cas
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Richard Mabe
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Great! A few muddy spots but overall ok.

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Desiree Faustino
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Fun, short flat trail. Beautiful views and some great rocks to climb on for a great view. And you can see Trinidad head.

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Kentzie Mosley
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Nice ocean views

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Brittney Oleniacz
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This is the first time my dog has seen an ocean and been in a beach. We had a blast. We arrived around 930 AM and there were only two other cars in the lot. We left at 1230 AM and the lot was packed!! Granted, it is a Saturday. But overall, amazing views, nice beach, friendly people

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Rachel Ryan
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Super easy trail with a beautiful view at the end!

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Dori Larson
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Kid friendly. Dog friendly. Easy to walk or easy to run. Out and back with a loop within the train. Beautiful view at the end.

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

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Shannon Aspen
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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!

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Ashley Skelnik
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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.

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D'Lorah Hurton
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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.

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Bill Crain
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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!

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Sid Bos
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Rose Dutra
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Liz Schmidt
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nae ayu
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Inga Brown
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Anna Aguiar
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katina holderman
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katina holderman
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Jennifer Foy
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Tom Bander
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Dotti Egel
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Anthony Lewandowski
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Jenny Bugnacki
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Krystal Soultry
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