Trinidad State Beach and College Cove

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Trinidad State Beach and College Cove is a 2 mile loop trail located near Trinidad, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.0 miles
242 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running





Tide pools, waterfalls, moss covered forests, rugged bluffs, crashing waves, sandy beaches, jaw dropping scenery... A true hidden gem! The more time you have, the more you will discover. The trails are easy, but not maintained, so keep that in mind. All of the trails with beach access will be steep due to the rugged bluffs and cliffs that make the area so beautiful. Trinidad Head parking lot is the easiest way to access the beach directly.

13 days ago

Great hike with lots to see

1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

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!

6 months ago

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.

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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

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!

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