Trinidad Head Loop

Humboldt, California

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Trinidad Head Loop


  • Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) along the Trinidad Head Loop.- Trinidad Head Loop
  • Wildflowers along the Trinidad Head Loop.- Trinidad Head Loop
  • A fishing boat in Trinidad Harbor.- Trinidad Head Loop
  • Trinidad Head Lighthouse.- Trinidad Head Loop
  • The stone cross that commemorates the original wooden cross that marked the spot in 1775.- Trinidad Head Loop
  • A trail spur to one of many lookouts.- Trinidad Head Loop
  • What a view!- Trinidad Head Loop
  • The Trinidad Head Loop.- Trinidad Head Loop
  • A trail spur marker along Trinidad Head Loop.- Trinidad Head Loop
  • A trail marker along Trinidad Head Loop.- Trinidad Head Loop
  • - Trinidad Head Loop
Overview + Weather
Great views. Wild flowers. Whale watching.
Big crowds. Fog can block views.
Humboldt, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
284.00 ft (86.56 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.30 mi (2.09 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
9.00 ft (2.74 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The small town of Trinidad on California's North Coast provides numerous adventure opportunities, and one of the most accessible is the Trinidad Head Loop. This hike provides some of the best viewpoints anywhere along the Pacific Coast, and it is an excellent route for spotting gray whales as they migrate between Alaska and Baja for breeding. You'll also have the chance to see seals, dolphins, sea lions, and elephant seals. The main trail has numerous spur trails, and many have benches that are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful views. The hike loops around the head and takes roughly an hour to complete without stopping at the viewpoints.

In June of 1775, Spanish explorers landed in what is now Trinidad Harbor and claimed Trinidad Head as Spanish property. To illustrate their authority, they erected a large wooden cross on top of the head; you'll see the stone cross that commemorates the original as you start the last portion of the trail. From the cross, look southward and down to view the Trinidad Lighthouse. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1871 and is still currently active. A memorial to the lighthouse is located on the bluff just north of the harbor, and this replica contains the original lens and bell (modern alternatives have been added to the functioning lighthouse). Watch for rabbits, a variety seabirds, and native flowers such as blue lupin, coastal strawberry, and seaside daisy. The trailhead parking lot also serves Trinidad State Beach and Trinidad Pier, which are great additions to your adventure if you have the time. 

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