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Trinidad is a cool place to reflect

By Casey Allen
Trinidad, a quaint seaside city, sits atop a rocky bluff overlooking a protected bay on the Pacific Ocean. Visitors come from all over to see the unique rugged coastline blanketed with spruce and redwood forests and walk beaches with no other footprints.  

Triniday Lighthouse, Trinidad Bay, Humboldt County
Fifteen miles north of Arcata on Highway 101, Trinidad has only one market and one gas station but inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins and campgrounds are many.

Fishing is popular and boats can be launched in Trinidad Harbor from the beach or by a lift and trolley car launch operated by the Yurok Tribe. Harbor moorings are available for extended stays.

Trinidad Harbor, Trinidad Pier, Sports Fishing
There are several fishing charter boats that leave the harbor looking for rockfish, lingcod, halibut, and salmon.

Surfing, kayaking, and whale watching are popular outdoor activities along with tide pooling, abalone diving and birding.

This quiet town comes alive each February for the Trinidad to Clam Beach Run where over 1200 runners stomp through town on their way to the famous Little River crossing and the finish line on Clam Beach. The actual date depends on the time of the high tide. The run started as a winter training event for Humboldt State track and grew into a nationally recognized race.

Trinidad Head, Trinidad Harbor, Humboldt Harbor
Don't forget your camera and binoculars. A hike to the top of Trinidad head will be rewarded with breathtaking views.

Humboldt State University operates a marine laboratory in Trinidad that is open to the public. The Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory is used by students to study rockfish, Dungeness crab and abalone (among other things) and visitors can see the projects subjects in saltwater tanks.

The Coral Sea is Humboldt State University's marine research and teaching vessel. For the past 40 years, HSU students and faculty have gone to sea to study the ocean and its fisheries, wildlife, biology, chemistry, and geology.

In June the City holds the annual Fish Festival where vendor and artisan booths line Main Street. Live music and a fresh rockfish and salmon feed highlight the event. For those looking to escape the heat and find a relaxing retreat consider a visit to Trinidad where the sea breeze and view will cool the temperature and calm the mind.

Welcome to Trinidad!

Photos by Tracy McCormack, Humboldt State University

For additional information about Trinidad, visit these websites:

Trinidad Chamber of Commerce

Let's Explore Trinidad


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