Patrick’s Point State Park

During our Redwoods trip we decided to stay at Patricks Point for 2 nights. It was the second week of June and school hadn’t gotten out for the summer, so there were lots of spots available to choose from. I understand reservations are recommended most of the summer as it is a very popular location. They say things pick up after 15 June.

We were camped on the Abalone Loop (it was the only loop open at the time, other than the hiker/biker section and the tent only Penn Loop). The sites are relatively private, especially in the area we were. We stayed in spot number 44, and really liked it. I would pick that one again. I felt like we were in our own little world. That spot is very private and mostly level. The spots on the outside of the loop are going to be more private, so if you prefer that, target those spots. 45 is a great spot and has ocean views (somebody was in that one, and it is slightly less private than the spot we were in).

The spots are rustic with no water or electric, which is fine by us. The water spigot was across the road which was all we needed. Each site is equipped with a bear box, a picnic table and a fire ring.

The park offers lots of different activities. There is some hiking (they say 6 miles of trails, which was more than enough for laddy, but more serious hikers might need to look outside the park for longer jaunts). Prairie Creek is very close by as well.

We really enjoyed their Sumeg Village, which is a replica of a traditional Yurock village (and was built by the Yurock people). There is a small native garden, which was interesting as well. It gave a glimpse at various foods they ate and what different plants were used for in daily life.

We enjoyed the walk out to Wedding Rock and we climbed to the top. We had a good look around and watched for whales. No luck there, but we did see 2 harbor seals swimming around. The wild flowers were in bloom and we sat and enjoyed the breeze and the scenery.

Facilities were updated with flushies and showers. Showers are $0.50/5-minutes, and our showers at night were cold. We heard the showers in the morning were warm, so maybe target that.

They offer fire-side talks in the evening. We didn’t make it as laddy’s bed time was a little more pressing. There is also a nice visitor’s center to teach you about the native peoples and animals of the area. We did not find the volunteers very helpful at this location. Cordial, but not overly friendly or brimming with info.

Trinidad is also very close for cell coverage, fuel, groceries, and a little looky-loo. The back road that goes directly from PP there is very rough. The freeway might be a better option for your car’s sake.

We really liked it here and would recommend it to others!

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