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Ceremonial Rock

Patrick's Point State Park

Humboldt, California

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  • Walking along the edge of one of the meadows.- Ceremonial Rock
  • Vibrant violet flower growing in the meadow.- Ceremonial Rock
  • Lush vegetation growing along the trail.- Ceremonial Rock
  • A bench below the stairs provides a resting spot.- Ceremonial Rock
  • Well developed stairs lead to the top.- Ceremonial Rock
  • The top of the rock is in view.- Ceremonial Rock
  • A few more steps to the viewpoint.- Ceremonial Rock
  • Made it to the top!- Ceremonial Rock
  • Panoramic view from the top of Ceremonial Rock.- Ceremonial Rock
  • Big Lagoon County Beach in the distance between the trees.- Ceremonial Rock
  • Looking back toward the thick forests.- Ceremonial Rock
  • Descending the steep stairs from the top.- Ceremonial Rock
  • A bench to rest on after climbing down the stairs.- Ceremonial Rock
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Pros: 
Great views of meadows. Can be accessed from many points.
Cons: 
Steep flight of stairs.
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Region:
Humboldt, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Ceremonial Rock is an ancient sea stack that was likely under water thousands of years ago when ocean levels were higher. Now this rock rises 107 feet above the meadows of Patrick's Point State Park and overlooks the remaining forests, the ocean, and Big Lagoon County Beach. Several hundred years ago the meadows below Ceremonial Rock were thick coastal forests. Settlers arrived in the 1800s and logged the area for timber, making way for agricultural uses. Since then the park has not changed much and still resembles the days when it was a ranch.

Several different trails make their way to Ceremonial Rock, all of which are fairly short in length and have minimal elevation change. The shortest route leaves from the Bishop Pine Picnic Area and passes along the edge of the meadows. Many different species of wildflowers of all different colors grow in these meadows. The keen eye may also spot a bunny hopping out of sight. Soon the trails enter the thick pine forest and wrap around Ceremonial Rock. Those eager to get to the top should take the trail leading south, which takes visitors directly to the staircase. For anyone wanting to extend their walk, Sumêg Village is just a short distance past Ceremonial Rock.

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