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Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, CA – Volunteer Vacations 2023

June 4 @ 5:00 pm - June 10 @ 10:00 am

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Join this project to improve access to one of Humboldt County’s most popular beaches, and enjoy the pine trees, sea breeze, and abundant wildlife in this lush northern corner of California.Volunteers will work with trail supervisors on the College Cove trail, located within Trinidad State Beach on the stunning Trinidad coastline in northern California, where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean. Trinidad State Beach is an ideal place for viewing the iconic offshore rocks of the California Coastal National Monument, migrating grey whales, and plentiful seabirds. College Cove is one of Humboldt County’s most well-loved beaches. Crescent shaped and cradled by dramatic coastal bluffs, it is popular with hikers, surfers, and sunbathers alike. This trail repair project will ensure more safe and accessible public access to this seaside gem.

Years of erosion from winter rains have compromised many of the steps along the trail’s steep descent to the beach. AHS volunteers’ work will include clearing vegetation, building new crib and cable steps, and laying gravel. The worksite begins a quarter mile from the trailhead, along another quarter mile steep descent to the beach. Volunteers should be comfortable working on steep terrain and lifting and carrying work materials (lumber, gravel, and tools). Your group campsite is at Sue-Meg State Park, located in the coastal conifer forest next to the ocean. The summer weather is moderate and enjoyable.

There is no experience needed to join a Volunteer Vacation! Your expert hosts will provide detailed instruction, tool demonstrations, and project oversight throughout the week. All you need is a willing attitude and to be in good physical condition to participate in moderate physical activity for approximately 6-8 hours a day with plenty of breaks, at your own pace. Find out more about what it’s like to join a Volunteer Vacation and other frequently asked questions here.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Yurok peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, their deep and sacred connection to these lands, and those who continue to steward these lands today. We offer this land acknowledgement as the first of many steps to stand as an ally and amplify Indigenous voices. We invite the American Hiking Society community to join us through continued efforts to support Indigenous communities and learn more about the history of the lands on which we live, work and recreate.


Trinidad Coastal Land Trust


Car Camping Tent Sites


Day hiking up to 2 miles each work day.

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Area and Attractions

Located in Humboldt County, California, the Trinidad coastline is a northern California treasure of sandy beach coves, rocky shorelines, tidepools, coastal headlands and vistas, lighthouses, public trails, many national, state, and locally managed parks, redwood forests, rivers and beaches. Our work area includes public trails that highlight the offshore rocks and habitat of the California Coastal National Monument. Your basecamp will be at nearby Sue-Meg State Park. In addition to working and camping along this coastal treasure, outdoor adventures are endless. Popular and nearby activities include hiking in the old-growth redwood forests of Redwood National Park and Prairie Creek State Park, hiking the California Coastal Trail, visiting Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, touring the many and diverse public beaches, surfing, rock climbing, river rafting and fishing. Humboldt County is famous for its many public parks and ecological habitats. The nearby town of Arcata is home to Cal Poly Humboldt and many restaurants and social events.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will be accommodated at the group campsite at Sue-Meg State Park, with a large field for tents, potable water, picnic tables, a large fire pit, showers, and vault-toilet restrooms nearby. The small town of Trinidad (official population 311) is located 10 minutes to the south for supplies. Volunteers will need to provide their own personal camp gear including tent and personal camping gear, sleeping bag, towels, personal cup / bowl / mug / eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.


Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV) in Arcata, CA is the closest airport. Airport pick up and drop off is not available and volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the project location. The project worksite is approximately a 9 mile drive from the campground. Carpooling can be arranged upon confirmation of the project.


California Coastal National Monument, Trinidad Coastline
380 Janis Court, Trinidad, California 95570 United States + Google Map