When the weather is beautiful outside, and farm produce stands are cropping up on roadsides, it’s PICNIC time! In traveling throughout Northern California, we came across so many wonderful spots to pull over, set up a delicious spread and savor the scenery that I had to share a few choice spots with you here on Savor the Salt.
On the Northwestern edge of California just below the Oregon border, the coastal landscape of the Pacific Ocean is rich with fog-shrouded sea stacks just off shore. The headlands and forests are at once filled with wildflower meadows and dense pockets of sitka spruce, fir trees, pines and coast redwoods. Streams wind through the shady woods toward waterfalls that empty into the sea. In short – this particular stretch of California along the coast highway is a must visit, or in my case – must return to see it all again!
So let’s talk about an awesome spot for a long, lingering picnic that will make its way into your memory books.
Patrick’s Point Tidepools, Trinidad, CA
This picnic requires physical effort, but it is so worth it! Once you park in the lot for the windy Palmer’s Point within Patrick’s Point State Park and enjoy the view of sea lions and soaring birds offshore, find the small side path to the tidepools marked by a tiny sign. This trail is not handicap accessible.
You’ll quickly begin hiking down a steep set of stairs to the rocky beach a few hundred feet below. Take heed – you should plan for this to be a backpack picnic only unless you enjoy carrying lawn chairs and heavy coolers back up some really steep stairs. At the beach, choose one of the huge rocks, set up your picnic and begin exploring the tidepools for sea anemone and starfish. Though you can climb your way to large rocks farther out into the water, be conscious of the tidal charts and plan accordingly to ensure a safe trek back to the car.
For more information on Patrick’s Point State Park and its campgrounds, please visit the State of California website.