Trinidad is nestled right on the coast in Humboldt County. This postcard worthy community has something for everyone, whether you have four legs or two. The adventurous creatures will love the kayaking, fishing, hiking, and crabbing. Those looking for something a little more refined can enjoy Trinidad’s fine dining, spas, shops, and galleries. If your pup gets hurt while living it up on a beach or trail, canine care can be found 15 minutes south in McKinleyville.
It’s easy to see why Trinidad Head Loop is one of the most pupular hikes in the area. The trail winds up the head and provides stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. When the Spanish Naval officers arrived in 1775, they secured their claim to Trinidad by erecting a large wooden cross on Trinidad Head. You’ll see the stone replica as you start the last section of the hike. The entire trail is just under 1.5 miles, but you can follow one of the spur trails to add some mileage. Just be sure to keep your pup on the trail since there is poison ivy in the area, and don’t forget water and clean up bags.
With rugged coastlines, more than enough beach access, and convenient access to California’s majestic redwood forests, Trinidad will definitely make your pup’s tail wag!
This area is home to a couple puptastic beaches. Pack up your pooch and head over to Trinidad State Beach for an afternoon filled with sun, surf, and sand. Leashed dogs are welcome to burn some energy by romping around this wide stretch of beach. Pewetole Island is a massive rock close to land that separates this beach from its northern sister College Cove Beach. When the tide is low, walk through a rock arch called The Portal and pop out at this more secluded beach to check out the tidepools and rock piles. There is also a wooded trail, picnic benches, restrooms, and a grassy area up on the bluff.
Is your pooch a hiker? Then she’ll love the trek to Strawberry Rock. As one of Trinidad’s landmarks, this massive rock beckons adventure seekers and nature lovers. The three mile round trip hike may be short, but it packs a punch, especially at the end. The piece de resistance is climbing up the rock pillar at the top of the hill. While this is a perfect hike to enjoy with your leashed pup, she may not want to make it to the top. If not, she’ll still get a great trip through a thick forest of Sitka spruce, maples, redwoods, and huckleberry. Don’t forget to bring enough water to keep you and your pup well hydrated along the way.
The Luffenholtz Beach County Park is the perfect place to spend some time with your canine companion. For a puptacular view, walk a narrow path to the scenic overlook. If your pooch is afraid of heights, you may want to skip this and head straight down the stairs to the beach. Your pup will feel like a four legged smuggler as he sniffs around this cove. He can try his luck at finding treasure, but he’ll most likely just find tidepools and driftwood. Houda Beach is another amazing beach in the area. It has a lookout point, trails on the grassy bluff, and a beach that’s great for watching sunsets with your pup.
With a name like Moonstone Beach County Park, how can you go wrong? It’s just not possible. This beautiful beach is located in Westhaven-Moonstone and is 10 minutes south of Trinidad. It sits right on the mouth of Little River, so beach goers can play in the waves or the mellow current of the river. The north end of the beach has some mysterious caves that your pup can check out during low tide. It also has rocks for climbing, sand for digging, and waves for swimming. The best part about this beach? Dogs can be off leash anywhere on the wave slope, so your pal is free to romp around on his own!
Pack up your pup and drive 10 minutes south to Clam Beach. Stretching for miles, this flat beach is ideal for walking your furry BFF. She’ll get a great workout as she trots along the surf. As long as she is under voice control, she can ditch her leash and play around the wave slope area. It’s not unusual to see horseback riders along this beach, so if she’s skittish around equestrians, it’s better to keep her on leash. This is also a favorite spot among locals for clamming, kite flying, and beach combing. No bones about it, your pup will love this beach!