Rim Loop Trail
Location: Patrick’s Point State Park, Humboldt County, CA
Miles: 5 miles
Duration: 2.5 hours
Users: Dogs, horses, and bikes not permitted. No wheelchair access.
Features: Coastal headlands, whale-watching, and tidepooling. Spur trails lead to the following points: Mussel Rocks, Wedding Rock, Agate Beach, Rocky Point, Patrick’s Point, Abalone Point, and Palmer’s Point.
Note: Fog and heavy tourist traffic common during summer months
Patrick’s Point State Park is where the Rim Loop Trail is located, the park is a scenic hiking and camping area with beaches, ocean views, and showcases the Sitka spruce forest. It pinpoints all the best areas of the park, and its path also comforts your hike as it has the perfect combination of dirt and gravel.
The trail starts off with the wonderful Overlooking beach of Agate then proceeds along the coasts to a marvelous sight from Palmer’s Point. The trail loops on the access road, returning to the Agate Beach Overlook parking area.
One of the best whale and dolphin watching points on the north coast is Patrick’s Point State Park’s ocean views. It features areas where you can perform recreational activities near the charming beaches and a flexible trail where you can extend your hike or running options.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Munch on berries
Snack on huckleberry, salmon berry, thimble berry that you can find on your hike! Taste what nature offers.
2) Bring your binoculars
Don’t miss out on sighting mountain lions, deer, eagles, hawks, sea birds, sea lions, and otters.
3) Stay hydrated
Don’t forget to pack water or other liquids you’d enjoy along your hike. Even better if you have a hydration pack with you.