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Trinidad Head, Part II

January 3, 2012

[Let’s say this time you have decided to visit Trinidad during the winter because you’ve heard about a phenomenon that some locals have dubbed, “June-uary” due to warmer and sunnier weather that can occur.  So your hike continues on the Trinidad Head, but now it’s after the holidays…]

You have lingered on the benches high atop the precipice of the Trinidad Head Spur viewing area long enough to enjoy some restful reflection on the grandeur of the scene before  you.  Reluctantly, you descend to the main trail to complete the second half of the loop. Wait, one last look to take it all in:  a great strip of clouds that mirrors the length of the entire coastline stretches over the surf zone and west past the Head, but then breaks up into fluffy white puffs that writhe and shift apart in the strong and balmy south wind.  Sapphire skies peek through and the sun casts immense shafts of light onto the ocean and land forms below. The sea mist illuminates the rays, making you wonder if the Holy Grail or angels will suddenly appear! The patches of light create “kai `öpua” (flower of the ocean), azure patches that glow with colors similar Caribbean waters (no, this is not Trinidad and Tobago or Hawaii) amidst the darker greens of the surrounding seas. (It’s really like this, I swear)

“Can this be real?” you ask yourself. You feel invigorated by the breezes that swirl fresh scents your way and by the intermittent sunshine that blazes through the purple-blue cloud swath above. The light is nearly blinding due to its crouched winter arc to the south, intensifying the gleaming reflection off of the water.  You close your eyes to enjoy the warmth for a moment before the trail leads you through a salmonberry and thimbleberry thicket.  Leafless stalks of copper and gold surround you as you rise up a short hill to yet another bench.  Instead of stopping again, your attention is quickly pulled ahead on the trail where two rabbits sit motionless. Bunnies?! You advance slowly…they don’t move until you’re within a few feet, then they hop into the nearby brush. Maybe you’ll see Bambi around the next bend…

As you turn the corner, a large stone cross appears, surrounded by an open, grassy area and more viewing benches. Beyond, at the summit of the Head are towers and buildings.  Since it’s getting late, you opt to continue down the gravel road.

south side Trinidad Head

Up until now, you realize that you haven’t seen a soul (human, at least) during your entire hike. You greet a smiling couple in passing as they leave a viewing area that overlooks the Trinidad Pier.  Below, you see a man in a kayak fixing a mooring, then he quickly paddles off out of view behind the Little Head. This spot provides a perfect vantage point to see the Trinidad Bay coastline, its verdant hills, beautiful beaches, jagged rock formations,  and sea stacks.

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Can I see Pacific Heights from here? I think so! Wow, what a location!

Movement out of the corner of your eye catches your attention…What?! More bunnies? What a perfect way to end the hike around Trinidad Head.  On your way home, you decide to walk town Trinity Street to schedule your hot stone massage at Trinidad Massage and Day Spa and sample some wine at Moonstone Crossing. Then it’s back to Pacific Heights to get ready to sample one of Trindad’s fine restaurants for dinner.

See you next post for a dining excursion!


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  1. January 9, 2012 3:39 pm

    After reading that I want to go up the Head and relax with one of Trinidad’s best views. Probably the best spot to see a sunset in my opinion. Thanks Annalisa!

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