Hidden Beach

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Rating: C

Several adjoining coves in Trinidad have become hangouts for nudists on warm days. Known collectively as Hidden Beach, they're located between Trinidad Head and Patrick's Point and College Cove.  "The few people who show up go nude there," says veteran user Alex, of San Rafael.  "I've gone there many times, sometimes with friends, and run into other people only once or twice."  Tip: to find sand on the beach, visit in low tide.

Legal status:

Private property.

How to find it:

From Eureka, go north on Highway 101 and take the Trinidad turnoff. At the first intersection, instead of turning right onto Patrick's Point Drive, keep going straight. Says Alex, with editing by reader "North Coast Mike": "about a block after you pass a supermarket on your left, you will see some horse stables. Just past the horses, turn right on Stagecoach Road, which is the way to College Cove, and stay on the road for about 1.5 miles until it comes to a big, 90-degree bend and turn. Follow the bend and just after it look for a little turnout with a 'No Parking' sign on the right side of the road. It only holds one or two cars. Park there and walk to the left, where you will see a fence with a hole. Walk through it and follow the path about a half mile to three-quarters of a mile, through some redwoods, to the shore. You'll get some beautiful views of the ocean along the way."

The beach:

You get to pick from six or seven small but sandy beaches next to inlets. Each of the beaches is a few hundred yards long. The beach trail is usually free of poison oak.

The crowd:

Most likely, you'll be the only person present.

Problems:

Beach washes away in high tide; private property; not much parking.

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