About Martin Creek Beach in Trinidad, California
Martin Creek Beach might be the most hidden beach in Northern California. Except for locals this beach is pretty much unknown, yet it is a wonderful spot to visit. It doesn’t have a large sandy beach, in fact it’s rocky in most places, but the shoreline here is large enough to explore around.
Many unique rocks and sea stacks stick up out of the surf. Some are large enough to have official names such as Green Rock and White Rock which are visible south and north respectively. There’s also a small rock arch perfectly placed to let the waves crash through and fan out. It’s an amazing place that is worth the effort from the steep, slippery, and overgrown hike that is required to get here.
Finding the beach is the hardest part, with parking being another challenge. The trailhead is marked with a hard-to-see stone and bronze plaque that says Martin Creek Trail located in a sharp bend in Stagecoach Road north of downtown Trinidad (see our map for the location).
Look for shoulder parking spaces that are not signed for “no parking.” There are a couple spots close by to the north, but others are a longer walk.
We can all thank the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust for creating and maintaining the trail to this beach. Be respectful if you visit Martin Creek Beach as it is a locals beach and we are lucky to have access to it.
- Stagecoach Road
Trinidad, CA 95570
- Other Names
- Secret Beach
- Pet Details
- Dogs allowed
- Limited free shoulder parking spots
- Beach Exploration, Fishing, Hiking, Photography
- Rock Arch, Seastacks, Tide Pools, Driftwood, No Facilities
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