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Trinidad Head Lighthouse

EASY 123 reviews
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Trinidad Head Lighthouse is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Trinidad, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 314 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

partially paved

views

hiking
2 months ago

great, quick hike. if heights don't bother you, take all the side trails you can find for some REAL views. I just wish there were more vistas, but really worth it for the length and the accessibility.

hiking
3 months ago

Very enjoyable trail with scenic views. The trial is well maintained and can be narrow at points. Take time to enjoy the stops. Easy for most..watch a few spots with roots and rocks.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s a well manicured and maintained trail. Limited elevation so I would agree that it is an easy trail. The “spur” trails offer a short jaunt to expansive lookout points. The only word of caution is to be aware of the time of day when you visit. It was clear near the bottom of the trail but as I approached the zenith of the hill, I was engulfed in fog and was unable to see anything. By the time I reached the end of the trail I looked up and noted clear skies where I once stood. I love the fact it is a loop which gives you a 365 degree point of view. If you’re in Trinidad, this trail is a “must walk”

hiking
4 months ago

The unpaved side was a bit overgrown in places but overall it was a great hike. There are plenty of benches along the way to rest and the breeze was nice and cool.

hiking
5 months ago

This is not an easy trail for people who find it hard to climb uphill. Half of the trail is going steadily uphill. If you don’t mind that you’ll encounter beautiful views.

hiking
5 months ago

Impressed with how well kept and isolated this trail is! Makes for peaceful strolls with serene views.

hiking
6 months ago

pleasant morning hike with great views. Almost an island with water on 3+ sides.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views of the ocean and town.

hiking
7 months ago

Lovely easy hike to get your heart rate up, but not difficult. Great for families and puppers.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a nice hike with great ocean views. I thought finding the trailhead was a little tricky. Heading toward the ocean on Trinity, turn right on Edwards and left on Bay (google maps calls it Lighthouse Road, but I think it said Bay Street). That will take you to the parking lot near the trail head. The trail is paved road and gravel. About ¼ of the way up, there is a dirt offshoot to the right, but stick on the road at this point. When you reach the cross monument, you can take the dirt path to the right, which will take you back down to the offshoot. The dirt path has great ocean views, benches and some short spurs to take. Unfortunately, the lighthouse is only open to the public on the first Saturday of the month and you can’t (at least we couldn’t) even see the lighthouse anywhere from the trail. Still, on a nice day, nothing beats the beautiful ocean views.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail! A little steep at the beginning, but there were some great views along the way!

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
Sat Aug 18 2018

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.

Sat Jul 14 2018

great views perfect hike

Mon Jul 02 2018

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.

Sat May 19 2018

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

walking
Mon Apr 30 2018

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

Sun Nov 26 2017

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

Tue Nov 07 2017

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

hiking
Sat Oct 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

hiking
Mon Sep 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.

Tue Aug 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.

Sat 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

Fri Dec 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.

Wed Dec 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
Wed Dec 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.

Mon Sep 12 2016

easy trail and an amazing view at the top!

Thu May 21 2015

These pictures and map are not of 'elk' head. These are of the Trinidad Head. Elk Head is located further north, in College Cove trails.

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