Westhaven-Moonstone is small community in Humboldt County. Commonly referred to as Westhaven, this seaside haven has pawsome beach access for two legged and four legged visitors. Whether your pup wants to just sit and watch the waves crash, or romp around the sandy surf, Westhaven-Moonstone has what she’s looking for. Unfurtnately, it does not have its own veterinary clinic. But, if your dog is feeling under the weather, canine care is just minutes away in McKinleyville.
The Moonstone Beach County Park is a pupular spot for families with pets since dogs can be off leash in the wave slope. It sits right where Little River meets the Pacific Ocean, so not only can your furry friend dance through the waves, she can also wade through the mellow current of the river. As you stroll along the sand with your pup, keep your eyes open for a variety of seashells and delicate sand dollars. The northern end of the beach has caves to explore during low tide. Your pooch can sniff around for all sorts of sea creatures, like urchins, anemones, and starfish. At the end of the day, grab a spot on the sand watch the sun set with your pal by your side.
Your pup may end up a little sandy after a visit, but she’ll love hanging out in Westhaven-Moonstone!
Is your dog itching for a beach adventure? Then head over to Luffenholtz Beach County Park for some fun in the sun. Start your visit off by venturing out to the scenic overlook. Located on top of a large rock, it provides sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the picturesque town of Trinidad. Then follow a staircase down to the beach so your pup can frolic in the sand. During low tide, the cove’s rock outcroppings are filled with marine life. Your pup can nose around the tidepools, just be sure he doesn’t step on or harass the creatures. Picnic tables are available on the bluff, so bring a sandwich and stay for lunch.
McKinleyville, Westhaven-Moonstone’s neighbor to the south, is home to Clam Beach County Park. If your pup likes long walks on the beach, then he’ll love this place. The flat sandy surf stretches for miles, making it the perfect place to stroll with your fur baby. Since dogs are allowed off leash on the wave slope, he can go for a dip in the ocean or try to dodge the waves. The even terrain brings out the local beach combers, horseback riders, and kite fliers. And, like its name suggests, this beach is also a pupular clamming spot. Access to the Hammond Coastal Trail can be found at the south parking lot.
Need a new place to walk your canine companion? Hiller Park is exactly what you are looking for. Located in McKinleyville, this 36-acre park is about 20 minutes south of Westhaven-Moonstone. It’s nestled on the banks of the Mad River and has plenty of room for your pup to roam. Stroll around the botanical gardens so your pal can enjoy the sweet smells of the flowers. If she’d rather play around sans leash, she’s in luck, as dogs are allowed off leash anywhere west of the split rail fence. For a longer walk, hop on the Hammond Coastal Trail and head five miles north to the Clam Beach County Park.
If your dog is craving some beach time, grab his leash and make your way over to Trinidad State Beach. Only 10 minutes north in Trinidad, this beach will keep your pup busy for hours. He can sniff around all the nooks and crannies of the rocks or hunt for the perfect piece of driftwood. When the tide is low, lead your pup through a large rock arch called The Portal to the neighboring College Cove Beach. Here he can check out tidepools or just scamper across the sand. The Trinidad Head Loop hike is also in the area. This pupular 1.5 mile trail provides gorgeous views of the ocean that will make your pup bark for joy!
A hike to Strawberry Rock will reinvigorate your pup’s spirit. The trail can be accessed 10 minutes north of Westhaven-Moonstone in Trinidad. Follow the trail through Sitka spruce, maples, redwoods, and huckleberry thickets to a massive rock pillar that juts above the tree line. Folks come from all over to enjoy the view from the top. The hike is steep in areas, and the end requires climbing the rock. Your pup might want to opt out of the last stretch and just enjoy the forested surroundings. The trail is three miles round trip, so your four legged hiking buddy will definitely get a decent workout. Be sure to bring plenty of water.