October

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Patrick’s Point State Park

Beach combers will find plenty of treasures at Patrick's Point State Park where the dramatic shoreline is dotted with gorgeous agates and unique driftwood.

Photo Credit: Trish Peach

Patrick’s Point State Park

Getting There

Patrick’s Point is located 25 miles north of Eureka California, Patrick's Point is a park located in the heart of California's coast redwood country. The park is 25 miles north of Eureka and 56 miles south of Crescent City.

Things to Do

Best things to do in October:

  • The park offers several miles of hiking trails, a recreated Yurok Village, a native plant garden, visitor center, three family campgrounds, 2 group camps, a camp for hikers and bicyclists, and 3 group picnic areas.
  • Trails (no dogs on trails or beach)
    Six miles of trail lace throughout this diverse park, many with spectacular vistas. Hiking the Rim Trail you may see a harbor seal, sea lion and if you are lucky a gray whale. Octopus Tree Trail loops through a grove of old-growth Sitka spruce. Two all-access trails to coast overlooks are also available. A couple of short, steep trails make it possible to reach the tops of Ceremonial Rock and Lookout Rock, old sea stacks that were left high and dry when the ocean receded. In some parts of the park, plant life is so luxuriant that hikers moving along the trail are sheltered and isolated by walls of vegetation.
  • Weddings or special events

TRIP TIPS/THINGS TO SEE

Good things to keep in mind:

  • Bring your binoculars and do some fantastic shoreline birdwatching and mammal gazing.
  • Clothing. October on the north coast can be spectacular and crowd free, but cooler weather can also sneak down from the north very quickly. Be prepared.

Cool things to see:

  • The park's dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder stretch over an ocean headland with lovely wildflower-festooned meadows.
  • A dramatic shoreline ranging from broad sandy beaches to sheer cliffs that rise high above the Pacific Ocean offers great opportunities to explore tide pools, search for agates and driftwood, watch whales, sea lions and brilliant sunsets.
  • The park offers several miles of hiking trails, a recreated Yurok Village, a native plant garden, visitor center, three family campgrounds, 2 group camps, a camp for hikers and bicyclists, and 2 group picnic areas.

Nearby State Parks

Parks close to Patrick's Point include:

  • Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area
  • Humboldt Lagoons State Beach
  • Trinidad State Beach
  • Little River State Beach

More Resources

Department of Parks and Recreation: Official Park Webpage

Cooperating Association: Redwood Parks Association

More Fun Ideas at: Weekend Sherpa

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