About Baker Beach in Trinidad, California
Baker Beach, aka “Baker’s,” is a secluded cove beach just south of Trinidad in Humboldt County. It’s mostly a locals beach and because of the secluded location it is frequented by the clothing-optional crowd. Out in the water are many rocks and larger sea stacks to gaze at. There is no sign for the beach so just drive down Scenic Drive from Trinidad and look for pull-out parking spaces along the road just after passing Baker Ranch Road on the left. If you get to Luffenholtz Park you have gone too far. Look for a steep overgrown trail that descends from Scenic Drive down to the beach. A sign at the trailhead says the access was provided through the efforts of the Humboldt North Coast Land Trust and the California State Coastal Conservancy.
This is a beautiful beach with great views and decent privacy from the road above. The trail is somewhat inconspicuously marked from the road but does have a marker at the trailhead with a notice on it that it’s a clothing optional beach, along with doggy clean up bags and info on the society that owns and maintains the land. The hike down to the beach is steep with the last bit to the beach being basically by ladder (the ‘steps’ are hanging). Be sure of your footing!
In spite of the notice at the trail head marking the beach as clothing optional, and a trail with such a narrow and steep decent down to the beach I still see many families with small children making their way down to the beach (clothed). Keep this in mind if you are going with the intent of some nude sun bathing! More privacy towards the north end of the beach just beyond the rocks (keep an eye on tides!)