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Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail

Humboldt, California

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  • Looking toward Trinidad from the Luffenholtz Park lookout point.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • Luffenholtz Park parking.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • Trail to the lookout point in Luffenholtz Park.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • View from lookout point in Luffenholtz Park.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • View of the coastline from Luffenholtz Park.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • Western Gull (Larus occidentalis).- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • The Pacific Ocean hitting the California coastline.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • Looking south from the lookout point in Luffenholtz Park.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • A break in the clouds above the coast north of Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • The setup of a vibrant sunset over Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • Vibrant skies over Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • The light of a fishing boat on the horizon as seen from the sandy section of Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • Vibrant skies over Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • The sun sets on the distant horizon as waves pour over the rocky coast of Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
  • Gentle waves break over the rocky coast north of Luffenholtz Beach.- Luffenholtz Park Lookout Trail
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Pros: 
Easy access. Great views of the the Pacific Ocean and shoreline.
Cons: 
Limited parking. Crowded.
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Region:
Humboldt, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Luffenholtz Park, which is also contains the Luffenholtz Lookout Trial, provides a great view of the Pacific Ocean and Northern California coastline. Located just south of Trinidad, it is a part of the Humboldt County Parks system. The park itself is rather small, but because it has bathroom facilities, trash cans, and a picnic bench, it tends to serve as a service area for visitors to Luffenholtz Beach

The Luffenholtz Lookout Trial leads down from the parking lot to a great viewpoint on top of a cliff. Though trail itself is very safe, areas beyond the designated path can be dangerous as they drop off rather steeply. The distance from the trailhead to the point lookout is short, and the view is spectacular. The viewpoint is a great place to look for gray and humpback whales, local seals swimming in the crashing waves below, sea birds such as common murres and tufted puffins, and the occasional sea lion. For those who love photography, this is a great place to capture the beauty of the North Coast. Sunsets from the lookout point are some of the best in the area. To the right you can view Trinidad Head along with its bay and harbor, and to the left you'll see Houda Point and Camel Rock. The unique rock formations that dot this section of coastline provide a dramatic additions to the big vista views from the end of the trail. Be sure to pack some layers, as the viewpoint is not protected and can become windy and cold rather quickly. 

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