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Trinidad is in Humboldt County, California, one of California's smallest incorporated cities by population (367 residents in 2010, up from 311 residents in 2000). Trinidad is noted for its spectacular coastline with ten public beaches and offshore rocks, part of the California Coastal National Monument, of which Trinidad is a Gateway City.[9] Fishing operations related to Trinidad Harbor are vital to both local tourism and commercial fishery interests in the region.


Trinidad is small by anyone's measure, but is big on natural beauty and charm.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Trinidad shares its 'one way in, one way out' road status with the other towns in this area. You will arrive by car either from the north or the south on Highway 101.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV IATA) is a small airport served by a single carrier, United Express, with 3 or 4 flights daily to San Francisco-SFO. The airport is located in the town of McKinleyville, about 8 miles south of Trinidad.

By bus[edit]

  • Bus service is provided by Amtrak and Greyhound. Amtrak Thruway buses go from Eureka to the Capitol Corridor train at Martinez, northeast of San Francisco. You must have a ticket for a trip on the train to use Amtrak Thruway. Greyhound provides service to Oakland, California.

Get around[edit]

  • You can get around by car, bike, or on foot. You can rent a bike from Salty's Supply Co. for around $20 a day. They also rent surfboards, wet suits, and kayaks.


  • 1 Little River State Beach. A protected beach of California, United States, in Humboldt County. It is located at the mouth of the Little River, 13 miles (21 km) north of Eureka right off U.S. Route 101. The 152-acre (62 ha) park was established in 1931. Little River State Beach (Q6651721) on Wikidata Little River State Beach on Wikipedia
  • 2 Sue-meg State Park. Sue-meg State Park is 25 miles (40 km) north of Eureka, California in the heart of California's coast redwood country. The park is home to many tree species including coastal redwoods, spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder and wildflower meadows with a shoreline that consists of sandy beaches and sheer cliffs against the Pacific Ocean. Amenities include hiking trails, a recreated Yurok Village, a native plant garden, visitor center, three family campgrounds, two group camps, a camp for hikers and bicyclists, accessible beaches, lookout points, and three group picnic areas. Patrick's Point State Park (Q7145993) on Wikidata Sue-meg State Park on Wikipedia
  • 3 Trinidad State Beach. Trinidad State Beach is 20 miles (30 km) north of Eureka in Humboldt County, California. This scenic State Beach is accessed from a signposted side road at Trinity Street and Stagecoach Road in the seaside town of Trinidad. The parking lot at Trinidad Bay below Trinidad Head is another popular access point. The offshore rocks are part of the California Coastal National Monument. Colorful tide pools provide specimens to Humboldt State University's Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory located in Trinidad. Nearby Parks include Little River State Beach just south of Trinidad, and to the north, Sue-meg State Park.
  • Trinidad Head Light. National Registered Landmark #1720
  • Trinidad Head. State Historic Landmark #146
  • Town of Trinidad. State Historic Landmark #216
  • Old Indian Village of Tsurai. State Historic Landmark #838
  • Trinidad Pier.
  • Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory (Humboldt State University).
Edward Bernhardt Schnaubelt's tombstone in the Trinidad Cemetery
  • Trinidad City Cemetery. Includes Indian and settler graves and one unusual tombstone. Edward Bernhardt Schnaubelt was the brother of Rudolph Schnaubelt, accused of the Haymarket Riot bombing in Chicago, Illinois and the brother-in-law of Michael Schwab, sentenced to death for his role in the riot. All three Schnaubelt brothers left Chicago shortly after the riot. Edward Schnaubelt briefly panned for gold before settling in Trinidad, opening a sawmill and buying a tract of timber to supply his mill. After Schnaubelt's mill was taken over by his rivals, he re-entered the closed mill at night to reclaim his personal tools, and was shot to death by a nightwatchman hired to protect the property. His wife chose the phrase "Murdered by Capitalism" for his marker which inspired the 2004 book by John Ross.







Go next[edit]

Routes through Trinidad
Crescent CityRedwood National Park  N  S  McKinleyvilleEureka

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