The Land Trust is grateful for this opportunity to fundraise acquisition funds to protect such a magnificent natural area. The Strawberry Rock Trail is one of Trinidad’s most popular destinations for a half-day hike in the redwoods, not to mention a rock climb to a stunning ocean view.
Although it is currently on private property, and trail use is officially trespassing, for many years the landowners Green Diamond Resource Co. have taken a hands off approach to public use of this private trail. But this could change. The family-owned landholding company could subdivide, log or sell this publicly valued property.
In January 2017, the Land Trust finalized negotiations and signed an option contract agreement with Green Diamond that, if funds are raised within three years, requires the purchase of a public use conservation easement and permanently protects about 45 acres including the redwood forest trail, a redwood forest grove (currently under an approved timber harvest plan) and the grandiose Strawberry Rock itself. The trail would be protected for general public use as well as traditional uses as recommended by the Trinidad Rancheria and Yurok Tribe. The Land Trust will need to raise approx. $1,000,000 to purchase the protective conservation easement. This trail could become an official ‘spur’ of the nearby California Coastal Trail.