Patrick's Point State Park

Several miles of lightly trafficked, smoothly paved scenic roads wind through the park.

View on a map


Patrick's Point Drive

A five-mile stretch of smooth, straight pavement running parallel to U.S. 101 but largely shielded from its presence, Patrick's Point Drive is the site of many motels and lodges serving the park and Trinidad town. 

View on a map


Scenic Drive

A narrow, winding three-mile road between Trinidad and Moonstone Beach that threads a bracelet of stunning beaches and vistas north and south. Exercise care while cycling since the roadbed is often pocked and pitted by the constant shifting of sandy soil and winter flooding. Cars too are a hazard here, though most drivers know to drive slowly.

View on a map


Stagecoach Road 

Turning right off Main Street at the Trinidad School, Stagecoach Road winds north through woodlands till it meets Patrick's Point in several miles. The turnoff for College Cove and Elk Head is about half a mile north from Trinidad town on the left (west). Lightly trafficked, Stagecoach is a great complement to a ride along Scenic Drive, with the return either by backtracking the way you came or taking Patrick's Point Drive back to Trinidad, then Scenic Drive back south.

View on a map



Big Lagoon 

Great for summer swimming when the water warms to a comfortable temperature. Kayaking or hiking along the spit takes you north to more secluded parts of the lagoon. Watch for signs of toxic algae blooms in late summer, when swimming is not advised.

View on a map


Moonstone Beach 

Great for wading, including in the Little River that forms the border with Clam Beach, but too cold for swimming without a wet suit.

View on a map


Mad River, Blue Lake 

Drive east five miles on CA route 299 to Blue Lake, then follow signs to Fish Hatchery Road. Park at the fish hatchery, then hike past blackberry bushes and down to the river. Wading upriver 15 minutes leads to sunny, secluded swimming holes. Blue Lake is a "sunspot" in the region, with more sun than coastal communities like Trinidad and Arcata in summer months. 

View on a map


Cycling Rentals

Salty's (Trinidad)

Surfboards, paddle boards, wetsuits, kayaks, bicycles, and more. Downtown Trinidad near Murphy's Market.

View on a map or visit Salty's Website

Revolution Bicycles (Arcata)

View on a map or visit Revolution Bicycles' website

Life Cycle (Arcata)

View on a map or visit Life Cycle's website

Adventure's Edge (Arcata)

In addition to bicycle rentals, Adventures's Edge offers cycling gear and a full-service bicycle repair shop.

View on a map or visit the Adventure's Edge website


Cover photo: Scenic Drive (credit)