Patrick’s Point SP
Narrated by Russ Christoff
Passing Humboldt Lagoons, we finally reached Patrick’s Point in Trinidad.
Entering this park will make visitors feel like they have ventured into a primeval forest.
Covered in Spruce, Hemlock, Pine, Fir and Red Alder, Patrick’s Point State Park offers lush trails where visitors may explore this park’s diverse plant life.
Other paths lead along the cliffs where, on less foggy days, spectacular views of rocky coastline can be seen.
Once such trail leads to Agate Beach.
For rock collectors, a walk along Agate Beach can produce some new specimens for your collection.
From what I understand, low tide is the best time.
At Sumêg, I met the ranger Sam, who explained a little about the park’s Yurok village.
Sam, aside from the views, there is historical significance here, isn’t there?
RANGER SAM: Right! Back in 1990, we had a reconstruction of a Yurok Village put in here at Patrick’s Point, part of the ongoing cultural experiences of the Yuroks that lived in this area for people to understand their culture.
And, people get a chance to come here and see what a village would have looked like hundreds and hundreds of years ago in this part of California.
RUSS CHRISTOFF: I was introduced to Axil, a Yurok, who gives history lectures at the park’s campfire programs.
Axil, as a Yurok, tell me a little bit about your family history.
AXIL: I’m a 5th generation, so that goes back to my grandmother who was the last medicine woman of the Churie Village there in Trinidad.
That all came to an end when my grandmother passed away.
She lived to be 104 years old and died in 1940.
She told us the same stories over and over again, so that my children could tell some of the stories that she could almost tell word perfect.
RUSS CHRISTOFF: Curious about some of the other sites I had encountered, I asked Sam about the abundant and unusual vegetation.
What I noticed when I entered the park, is that this is one of the most lush, healthy environments I’ve seen in a long time.
RANGER SAM: Yes, and a lot of it has to do with not only the rainfall in the winter time, but because of the fog in the summertime keeps the area moist because with that moisture and constant fall of water in this area keeps it green year round.
It’s probably one of the few places in California that you will see green year round.
RUSS CHRISTOFF: Many people regard Patrick’s Point as one of the gems of Northern California.
RANGER SAM: There are a lot of things to see here and I think that to start out with are some or our unique vista points we have here at Patrick’s Point, and Palmer’s Point for instance, is kind of special because it’s one of the few places we have one of the best tide pools here in Northern California.
Also, it’s the home of Sea Lions and Seals, which adds a little bit more to the treat when you are down there walking around the rocks.
But of all the vistas, probably the most special, and my personal special spot, is the Wedding Rock.
It’s a sea spot that sticks out from the bluffs there, you can walk out to it. It’s a great place for whale watching, and year round the Grey Whales come through here.
In fact, it’s such a unique spot that even Spielberg used for the movie “Lost Worlds,” here as his backdrop and quite a bit of the filming was done here.
RUSS CHRISTOFF: With the mist blowing through the rocks.
RANGER SAM: The mist blowing through the rocks and the fog coming through, it’s just one of the most gorgeous places here in Northern California.
RUSS CHRISTOFF: How is your camping?
RANGER SAM: Camping here is packed!
In the summertime when people escape from the heat, this is where they come to, the cooler part of California.
We have 124 campsites here, one group area for overnight camping, and this place gets used every day and every night throughout the summer.
Probably the best time to come to Patrick’s Point when you want to escape the crowds, I always recommend the spring or the late fall.
The weather is beautiful and still great here and you have the place to yourself.