As the Pacific Ocean crashes on the shores of Luffenholtz Beach in the scenic city of Trinidad, CA, all kinds of dogs are playing in the tide pools having the time of their lives.
Trinidad is a seaside affair with history always on show. If you’re visiting, check out the amazing military museum or Fort Picton, a monumental tower built back in the 1800’s to ward off an attack by the Spanish and French. Standing on the tree-lined bluff you could be forgiven for thinking that “Stonehenge”, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, was suddenly at sea with the colossal-sized rocks jutting out of the Pacific.
This rugged coastline has strips of sand where woofers can relish in the off-leash ambiance playing fetch with pieces of driftwood. The rules state that all dogs can go off-leash on the sloped water areas, while on dry sand they need to be leashed
Access is via Highway 101 just south of Trinidad along a scenic drive route, then down a steep trail and stairway to the beach There are restrooms and picnic tables up on the tree-lined bluff by the free parking lot - a popular spot to catch the breathtaking views of the Pacific and Californian coast. Its wise not to take your dog swimming as the surf can get pretty rough and there are slippery, sharp rocks.
This beach is perfect for shell collecting and letting your dog wander around the pools of water in the sand. If there are other pooches and people on the beach its courteous to keep your Labrador, Doberman, or Collie listening to your voice cues. Pack an umbrella and fresh water in case you decide to relax for awhile on the shore. Your pooch will thank you as they discover scent trails left by other woofers and spend quality time with their guardian.
Dog-friendly beaches are to be honored and kept clean so future generations of fur-babies will know the joy of a leisurely walk on the beach. Always bring litter bags to clean up after your pooches so beaches like this will continue to allow dogs.