The majesty of the Northern California coast stole my heart a long time ago. I’m the person who would choose northern rocky shore over the sandy and warm SoCal beaches.
Okay, so there is a story. Last time we have been in this region last summer during the Independence Day Weekend. I had the plan. And the plan was way too long. I remember how sad it was just to drive by the places where I so wanted to stop!
And then it was one place in Oregon where I wanted to return.
No surprise that on first summer long weekends we headed north.
Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse and Old Home Beach
The charming town with the charming cove and fisherman boats all over it was a nice place to stop.
The steps leads down to the beach. Actually way down was nice but climbing up a bit hard.
College Cove Beach
At first when I saw photos of this place I felt like “Wow, I would bet it looks like Olympic beaches!”
We did short hike to Elk Head and then walk down to the beach.
Patrick’s Point State Park
Miles of the trails along the ragged coast – that is what Patrick’s Point State park is. It was the place were we saw sunshine that day and ocean become deep blue.
Dry Lagoon State Beach
On the Sunday morning we stopped near Dry Lagoon State Beach. It was foggy and cold morning. If yesterday when we passed by we saw crowds that day beach was almost empty. Dark grey sand and driftwood all over it look organically.
Crescent Beach Overlook and Crescent Beach
After the long drive through majestic redwoods Crescent Beach is the first place where you could see the ocean easily. And where we have our lunch. You reach the overlook point in the end of Enderts Beach Road. It has small parking but amazing overview of the beach and the redwood coast you just passed by.
Battery Point Lighthouse
The jewel of the northern coast. This lighthouse will now leave on the top of my lighthouses list. The small building on the island surrounded by the ocean most of the time but so close to the shore!
I didn’t wanted to try to walk to the island. Water looked and felt cold, waves were too scary for me, and near was the breakwater from which was a very postcard view.I did like one hundred photos from different angles.
Point St. George
I just recently realized how unpopular this place is. Though I don’t get why. The grassy hills covered with wildflowers surround small rocky coves. Even on the overcast day the view so beautiful that I didn’t want to leave.
Other Northern California Coastal Trips:
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (Part of Redwoods National Park)
Mendocino: Fort Bragg
Mendocino Coast Trip