Patrick's Point Trail is a 0.2 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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Length0.2 miElevation gain36 ftRoute typeOut & back
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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=114): Thirty miles north of Eureka, in the heart of redwood country, Patrick's Point State Park juts into the Pacific Ocean on a 640-acre headland with forests of spruce, pine, fir, hemlock, and alder interspersed with meadows. Although this coast is often shrouded in fog, on a clear day (typically spring and fall) you can enjoy stunning blufftop views at Wedding Rock, Patrick's Point, and Palmer's Point. From these vantage points, you can look for gray whales during their spring and fall migrations, California sea lions, stellar sea lions, and harbor seals. Bountiful spring wildflowers, including Douglas iris, fairy bells, and trillium, grace the meadows and forests. Abundant berries are found throughout summer, while fall and winter bring out a variety of mushrooms—over 500 species have been collected. Black-tailed deer are a common sight as they graze on the bluffs and grasslands. A highlight of the park is a replica of a Yurok village, known as Sumêg. Built in 1990 by local Yuroks using traditional construction techniques, it consists of a dance pit, changing houses, sweat house, and family houses. All can be viewed from a moderately accessible trail. The Yurok use this village for dances and ceremonies to pass cultural traditions on to their young people. Four rustic cabins were installed at the Agate Cabin Area in 2016. Each sleeps six and because all are wheelchair-accessible they are open to anyone to reserve. ACCESSIBILITY: There is designated accessible parking (van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%) at the visitor center, Patrick's Point, Palmer's Point, Mussel Rocks, Lookout Rock, Campfire Center, and Sumêg Village. The last is on a slight slope and has no access aisle. Accessible restrooms are adjacent to the visitor center, near the parking lot at Sumêg Village, and at Mussel Rocks overlook, Lookout Rock, and the Campfire Center. A portable unit is at Palmer's Point. Several miles of interconnected trails wind throughout the park, but most are inaccessible to wheelchair riders due to steep, rough terrain. However, the paved road that meanders through forests, meadows, and campgrounds has little traffic and offers a great way to explore the park. An adventurous person using a manual wheelchair may, with good upper body strength and some assistance, be able to navigate some of the wider, firm trails, but will encounter an abundance of tree roots. Both Patrick's Point Trail and Sumêg Village are accessible, and according to State Parks, the Campfire Center Trail from Abalone Campground to the Campfire Center is also accessible. This short (500-foot) trail that hugs the blufftop is worth a stop for its expansive views of the ocean. One grade near the beginning may be slightly greater than 5%. The surface is gravel and the typical width is at least four feet. A few feet from the starting point, bear right at the fork; to the left is the inaccessible (for wheelchairs) Rim Trail. Continue to the first overlook, with views to the south. The next overlook is much bigger and looks north, with Wedding Rock a short distance offshore. You might see migrating gray whales, sea lions, or seals playing in the waves or lounging on the rocks below. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible. The most accessible picnic tables are at the visitor center, where they are scattered on a large deck surrounded by trees; in the Sumeg Village by the cook shelter; and at Mussel Rocks parking lot. At all other locations they are on mostly level and firm surfaces but you must travel across grass to reach them. The cabins are wheelchair-accessible. The closest restroom to these cabins is not wheelchair-accessible. Campsites numbers 65 and 69 in Abolone Loop are accessible.

California State Parks PO Box 942896 Sacramento CA 94296-0001 916 653-6995 www.parks.ca.gov Patrick's Point State Park 4150 Patrick's Point Drive Trinidad CA 95570 707 677-3570 $8 Entry Fee

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Sudhakar Ayyasamy
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Daniel Welch
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Patrick Austin
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Denise Aguilar
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Lush & easy stroll through the forest.

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Carly Johnson
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This trail is a pretty easy trek. There are a lot of stairs if you want to go down to the beach. A lot of beautiful areas to take small detours. Amazing views!

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Sam Trauernicht
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Juliet Sokolowski
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Loved it! Great views, well maintained and easy trail

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Richard Powell
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Justin Chang
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Amanda Reed
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Haley Uriz
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Stunning views and easy accessible trail. Great look put points. Would definitely come back and explore more!

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Mario Bustamante
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Nice views

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Shellene Langley
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Just plain beautiful. Fun hike could have stayed and explored more. The sun was going down.

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Alfred Meltl
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Toller Wanderweg entlang der Steilküste. Empfehlenswert.

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Rina Schul
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Gorgeous!

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Ryan Mease
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Easy trail area. Very photogenic. Easy to connect this trail with several other loops, allowing you to extend this hike easily to include Wedding Rock or even the Lighthouse. Good fit for families or someone with a photography hobby. Trail is not a demanding workout and is heavily trafficked.

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Claire Orgeron
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beautiful view of wedding rock off to the right. stunning area

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Erin Zimmerman
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Just completed this trail today. Was marveled by the misty mountainside and serene coastline. Saw some sea lions. Easy hike.

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Ashley Bumgardner
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This was an absolutely beautiful trail!!! We walked along the rim trail and the looking rock as well. This trail and rim trail are very wheelchair accessible. We were blessed with a very clear day with no fog or wind and there are so many beautiful places to view. Very impressed and will be back again!

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Brianna Goodwin
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This is an extremely easy, leisurely hike with beautiful views of the coast. You have to pay the $8 entrance fee for the state park (which is good for the entire day to any of the surrounding state parks) and well worth the views and various trails you can take within the park

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Brandy Parker
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Absolutely love this area

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Bill Crain
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Nice little walk with views. Looks like a decent place to camp but I'll never hike here again. It would be good with kids.

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Jennifer Nelson
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Short easy trail to viewpoint with great views of the sunset.

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Breck Tuttle
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short walk to a viewpoint

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Suzie P
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The beautiful thing about Patrick's Point is that for one 'day-use' fee ($8.00) you can have an entire day of exploring new things! There are several beach accesses, trails, big rocks to climb, and dense forest to comb. Dogs are not allowed, so if you are looking for a 'dog' friendly place, look elsewhere. Note, to avoid the day-use fee, simply park on Patrick's Point Drive, before the entrance, and there is a short hike through the forest to all of the trail-heads.

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Graeme Pawson
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Nice easy hike with good viewing

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Steven Washburn
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Very Beautiful walk. Dogs are only allowed on paved trails in the State Park. This trail is not paved and therefore dogs are not allowed, leashed or not (just as the first picture shows).

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April Rodriguez
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Christofer Hawes
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