Rim Trail

Patrick's Point State Park, California

Distance1.3mi
Elevation Gain285ft
Trailhead Elevation148ft
Top164ft
Elevation Min/Max106/164ft
Elevation Start/End148/148ft

Rim Trail

Rim Trail is a hiking trail in Humboldt County, California. It is within Patrick's Point State Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 148 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 285 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Lookout Rock Group Campground and Abalone Campground camp sites and the Cannonball Beach (elevation 46 feet) beach can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Rocky Point Trail, Wedding Rock Trail, Mussel Rocks Trail and Patrick's Point Trail.

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Coastal Trails of Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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"This is a lush, shady woodland trail interrupted by spurs to points with sweeping views of the rugged forested coastline highlighted by colossal rock outcrops. This is one of the most picturesque settings of the California Coastal Trail in a developed pocket of coastal land. The area was home to the Yurok people prior to the arrival of European explorers, starting with Cabrillo and Drake in the sixteenth century. The Russians followed from Alaska in the early 1800s to hunt sea otters for their precious pelts. In the mid-1800s the discovery of gold in Northern California lured many fortune seekers to the area." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Redwood National and State Parks (Falcon Guides)
Dan Brett
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"If you enjoy scenic vistas of rocky Pacific Ocean coastline, then this is the trail for you. The hike circumnavigates Patrick’s Point State Park—a lesser known tourist attraction but a favorite with the locals. From the Rim Trail, numerous side trails lead to postcard-perfect views, which also offer excellent whale-watching opportunities. A bit of culture is thrown in for good measure, with the reconstructed traditional Yurok Indian village near the end of the hike. The bulk of Patrick’s Point State Park sits atop a raised marine terrace, perched about 200 feet above sea level. This position allows for breathtaking views from the many coastal overlooks scattered along the park’s rocky cliffs." Read more
Hiking the Redwood Coast (Falcon Guides)
Dan Brett
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"If you enjoy scenic vistas of rocky Pacific Ocean coastline, then this is the trail for you. The hike circumnavigates Patrick’s Point State Park—a lesser-known tourist attraction but a favorite with the locals. From the Rim Trail, numerous side trails lead to postcard-perfect views, which also offer excellent whale-watching opportunities. A bit of culture is thrown in for good measure, with the reconstructed traditional Yurok Indian village near the end of the hike." Read more

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5/20/2007
Beautiful hike, do not enter the trail at Agate BEach the trailhead there is closed, park in the parking lot and walk down about 100 yards, you can enter the trail there. Make sure to take a few of the spurs for incredible views and cool sitting spots. Also visit Ceremonial rock really neat lookout spot. Great hike not to strenuous, but you can add alot to it if you take the spur trails, we took one down to the beach (lots of steep stairs) but well worth the effort, there were sea lions and the tide pools were neat.
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Trail Information

Patrick's Point State Park
Nearby City
Patrick's Point State Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Patrick’s Point State Park, 4150 Patrick’s Point Dr., Trinidad 95570; (707) 677-3570; parks.ca.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Trinidad
Local Maps

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Dec 2018