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Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, California – Volunteer Vacations 2022

June 5 - June 11

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Volunteers will work with trail supervisors on the Tepona Point Overlook trail, located along Scenic Drive on the stunning Trinidad coastline in northern California, where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean. This staircase trail provides public access to viewing the iconic offshore rocks of the California Coastal National Monument, glimpses of migrating grey whales, and plentiful seabirds. Although trail distances are only a few 100 yards, the terrain is very sloped as we will be working along a coastal bluff. Work will include replacing a dilapidated staircase with a stretch of crib steps, which will consist of demolishing the existing stairs, removing vegetation, installing crib steps and a safety railing, and removing invasive plants. Trail work will include manual lifting of work materials (lumber, gravel, and tools), trail step construction, filling in cribs with gravel, and clearing brush and ivy. The summer weather is moderate and enjoyable.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Resighini Rancheria, Yurok Tribe, Trinidad Rancheria, and Big Lagoon Rancheria peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.

Organizer

Trinidad Coastal Land Trust

Accommodations

Car Camping Tent Sites

Hiking/Access

Day hiking is up to 1 mile each work day.

Project Rating

Strenuous

Minimum Volunteer Age

18

Maximum Group Size

10

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. The work area includes public trails that highlight the offshore rocks and habitat of the California Coastal National Monument. 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 Humboldt State University and many restaurants and social events.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will atay 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 need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, towels, and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.

Travel

The Arcata (Humboldt County) Airport (ACV) in McKinleyville, CA is the closest airport. Airport pickup is not provided for this trip. Volunteers are responsible for transportation to and from camp and the work site. Carpooling can be arranged once the project is confirmed.

Venue

Sue-Meg State Park
4150 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA 95570 United States + Google Map
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