Rim Trail

Patrick's Point State Park

Humboldt, California

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  • Light glitters through a fern.- Rim Trail
  • Pampas grass is often aesthetically beautiful, but it remains an invasive species.- Rim Trail
  • A small section of the trail is overgrown with pampas grass.- Rim Trail
  • Interesting fungi sprouting from the ground.- Rim Trail
  • Sun lights up the forest along one of the creeks.- Rim Trail
  • Ferns spiral around one another.- Rim Trail
  • Great ocean views can be found along this hike.- Rim Trail
  • Beautiful forest and ferns follow much of the Rim Trail.- Rim Trail
  • Wedding Rock seen in the distance from the trail.- Rim Trail
  • Only a few small sections have any ascent.- Rim Trail
  • The Pacific is visible through a small canyon.- Rim Trail
  • The trail crosses over a creek.- Rim Trail
  • There is a place to rest at the Rim Trail Overlook.- Rim Trail
  • Looking toward Agate Beach from the Rim Trail Overlook.- Rim Trail
  • Panoramic view of the ocean and Agate Beach from the overlook.- Rim Trail
  • Blackberries grow along the trail.- Rim Trail
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Pros: 
Great views. Little elevation change. Can be walked in many smaller sections.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Humboldt, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
250.00 ft (76.20 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
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Hike Description

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The Rim Trail is a 2-mile trail stretching from Agate Beach to Palmer's Point within Patrick's Point State Park. Despite its relatively short length, it remains the longest trail within the 640-acre park and the best choice to see most of the park's viewpoints, picnic areas, and coastal access points. Much of the trail winds along the coastal cliffs and through the thick green forests of the park. Many spots along the trail offer a glimpse of the rugged coastline and the vast Pacific Ocean stretching to the horizon. This trail can be accessed from several parking areas within the state park. The nearest parking area to the middle of the trail is at Patrick's Point and Wedding Rock. If a shuttle is used, the trip is an easy 2 miles and doesn't require any backtracking. Alternately, you can make a large loop by connecting with other trails and roads in the park in order to truly see everything Patrick's Point State Park has to offer.

Many different destinations sit just a few hundred feet off the Rim Trail. Agate Beach, the park's only sandy ocean access, sits at the northern end of the trail and can be seen from several viewpoints. Four other coastal access points are spread along the Rim Trail but are very rocky, making for great tide pooling locations. Palmer's Point is one such access point, which marks the southern end of the trail. Other rocky ocean access points include Rocky Point, Wedding Rock, and Mussel Rocks. Several great viewpoints can be found nearby this trail as well. These include Patrick's Point, Wedding Rock, and the Rim Trail Overlook. 

Though the park is in redwood country, in the 1800s the area experienced large scale environmental change when the forest was logged and burned to make room for agriculture. Because of this devastation, the primary trees in the area are no longer redwood but instead are Sitka spruce, red alder, Douglas fir, hemlock, and pine. There are even a couple of apple trees overhanging the trail. Upon entering the park, swing by the visitor center and gain some knowledge that will help you identify the trees seen along the Rim Trail.

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