On a rocky bluff overlooking Trinidad Bay, surrounded by redwoods and spruce, lies the seaside village of Trinidad. It is often compared to a quaint Cornish fishing village. Trinidad Head rises above and shelters the harbor, the pier and a small fleet of fishing boats.
The Trinidad area is one of the most spectacular and pristine segments of the California coast. It has been established as a California Coastal National Monument Gateway - an area that offers the best shore-based opportunities to discover and view offshore rocks and islands and their inhabitants. Rocks off the coast of Trinidad support one of the most diverse seabird colonies in California with twelve species and over 100,000 breeding individuals. The two most important areas for seabirds are Green Rock and Flatiron Rock. These two rocks alone account for 25% of the most important seabird colonies along the California coast.
Hike the Trinidad Head Trails here lead to one of the most spectacular views on the coast! This is a great place to watch sunsets or view whales, sea otters, seals and dolphins. You can also visit the Trinidad Head Lighthouse. Tours of the still active, 1871 Lighthouse are led by docents of the Trinidad Museum Society on the first Saturday of the month from 10 am – 12 pm. Park in the Trinidad State Beach parking area. Access the trail by hiking up the road or climbing the steps on the south end of the parking lot. A granite cross commemorates the Spanish landing in 1775.
View the Trinidad Bay Memorial Park A memorial park for those lost or buried at sea is at the intersection of Trinity and Edwards Streets where special services by the Trinidad Civic Club are held every Memorial Day weekend. The Axel Lindgren, Jr. staircase trail provides access to Old Home Beach. Enjoy great views of the coastline, harbor and pier.
Trinidad Seascape Harbor and Pier Take a walk out on the pier and enjoy a great meal at the Seascape Restaurant. You will also find a full access boat launch to the best fishing on the north coast and free beach launch for small boats and kayaks. Charter a boat and go fishing with Patrick's Point Charters!
Visit the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse This lighthouse, built in 1949, is a replica of the 1871 original. Located in Seascape Harbor, it is a monument to those lost or buried at sea and preserves the 1871 Fourth Order Fresnel Lens and the 1898 Fog Bell.
Go Tide Pooling Old Home Beach, just south of the pier and north to Sue-Meg State Park is a great spot to see a magnificent diversity of intertidal lifeforms during low tides.
Roam Sue-Meg State Park Here you will find stunning beaches, agate hunting, camping, whale watching, and a reconstructed Yurok village (Sumeg Village).
Explore the HSU Telonicher Marine Lab Your kids will enjoy hands-on learning about starfish and other tidal creatures, up close in the touch tanks. The lab is an integral part of Cal Poly Humboldt's diverse degree programs in marine science.
Visit the Trinidad Museum Learn about Trinidad’s rich natural and cultural history and visit the Native Plant Garden. The 1899 Sangster-Watkins-Underwood home houses five rooms of exhibits including vintage photographs, a traditional Yurok redwood canoe, Native American history and rotating exhibits on fungi, flowers, geology, marine life, school, transportation, sawmills, the 1871 lighthouse, the Spanish landing in 1775 and more.
Spend the Night When you decide you can't leave just yet, try a B&B or one of the vacation rentals that overlook the ocean. Or visit the Cher-ae Heights Casino. Explore your options on our lodging page.