Wedding Rock Trail — Patrick's Point State Park, CA

The highlight of Patrick's Point State Park, Wedding Rock is an overlook with an impressive view of the rugged California NorCal coast. With waves crashing at the base of rocky outcrop, the site has a magical feel to it, and I can see why many have gotten married at this site.

 

Hike Info

Elevation Change: 98 ft
Trail Type: Out and back

Date: 5/6/2017
Miles: 0.3
Trailhead: Google Maps

 

Getting There

Wedding Rock is located just 15 minutes north of Trinidad, CA.  There is an $8 fee to enter the park, but the pass is good for the entire day and is accepted at the other state parks in the area.

 

The Hike

The top of Wedding Rock is visible from the parking lot - it really is that short of a walk! The trail drops down from the parking lot and is paved until you reach the stone stairs at the base of the rock.

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There is a side trail to the right of the main trail that lets you walk right up to the water's edge. That day was incredibly windy (like blow our beanies off/needing to lean into the wind to walk), so we skipped this and headed straight up the stairs to the top of the rock.

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 The side trail that leads to the rocky shore is visible

The side trail that leads to the rocky shore is visible

 The ocean was angry today! Lots of white caps and stirred up water

The ocean was angry today! Lots of white caps and stirred up water

 Watching the waves pound the shore

Watching the waves pound the shore

 Scrambling to the top of the rock patch

Scrambling to the top of the rock patch

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All in all, a nice and quick stop to break up our road trip up the NorCal coast!