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Patrick's Point Exploration Loop

MODERATE 20 reviews

Patrick's Point Exploration Loop is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Trinidad, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 518 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips

bird watching




partially paved


wild flowers





no dogs

Patrick's Point State Park is a 640-acre park located about 29 miles north of Eureka in the heart of California's coast redwood country. This loop provides an overview of much of the park but still leaves plenty of activities and destinations for the rest of the day or weekend. It takes advantage of trail segments throughout the park to build one larger walk. At the same time, it can provide a foundation for detours down to beaches, tide-pools, and most of the park's other attractions. To really see everything here, it takes a weekend trip. Patrick Point is well known for a lot happening in a small place with several miles of trails, beaches, tide-pools, the locally famed Wedding Rock (still a popular place for weddings), and more. The park's forests are primarily spruce, hemlock, pine, Douglas-fir, and red alder, which abound on an ocean headland. The forests are broken by extensive wildflower meadows. The dramatic shoreline includes sandy beaches and sheer cliffs rising above the Pacific Ocean. Opportunities are here for exploring tide-pools, searching for agates and driftwood, watching whales and sea lions, and birding.

2 months ago

Fantastic view of the cost at the five lookout points.

3 months ago

Beautiful sights including coastal cliffs and an expansive beach. Trail is moderately crowded And goes through campgrounds, which is a minus.

Gorgeous views of the ocean. Well maintained trail, a portion is road. Trail passes by numerous camp sites and parking lots. I would come here again to gaze at the ocean, not so much to hike.

Sun Jan 01 2017

One of the most scenic trails in Humbolt county. Check the sunset if you get a chance.

Fri Dec 02 2016

Got to see everything the park had to offer on this one. It was unexpectedly crowded on a winter day. They are filming a Disney movie in the park. The center was really crowded with the crew.

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