Gary Hanauer

South College Cove

Recommended!

Rating: A

For the most dependable warm weather, the best time to skinny-dip at the two adjoining beaches in Trinidad known as College Cove is mid-summer through fall.  Hopefully, you won't be disappointed.  "It's definitely a fun place," says Jessica, a former student at nearby Humboldt State College.  "Agrees reader Jack:  "It has gorgeous clear water and great wind protection."  Many clothed visitors also use the beach.

Legal status:

State property. Years ago, deputies raided the beach and handed out anti-nudity citations.Read more »

Hidden Beach

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.

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Baker's Beach

Recommended!

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Garberville Nude Beach

Rating: C

Look for this quiet, riverbank site along the south branch of the Eel River, near the first highway exit into.  It isn't visible from the highway, but there are houses nearby, so please use this area with caution.  Most local residents prefer visiting North Garberville Beach, which is our next listing.

Legal status:

Unknown, may be public property.

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Stony Creek

Rating: C

If you're willing to drive two hours from Clearlake and hike along a shimmering forest stream, you'll be rewarded with three skinny-dipping pools you can sample in a single afternoon. Two of these delightful swimming holes have their own waterfalls. If you look carefully, a third hole can be found below them, down a sunny trail.

 

Legal status:

Mendocino National Forest land within the Snowy Mountain Wilderness.

 

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Spy Rock

Rating: C

You may have canoodled, but have you ever canuded? It's the art of paddling a canoe -- nude or not -- to a nude swimming hole. And it's also a preferred way to reach this Eel River site, along with others that are nearby. Other options include rowing or hiking. This beach, north of Willits is a sandy bank along the Eel River where you can pull your watercraft up on the bank, take off your clothes, and plunge into the invigorating water. Read more »

Round Valley

Rating: C

You may have canoodled, but have you ever canuded? It's the art of paddling a canoe -- nude or not -- to a nude swimming hole. And it's also a preferred way to reach this Eel River site, along with others that are nearby. Other options include rowing or hiking. This beach, north of Willits is a sandy bank along the Eel River where you can pull your watercraft up on the bank, take off your clothes, and plunge into the invigorating water. 


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North Poon Kinny Ridge

Rating: C

A small, sandy beach, mixed with rocks, and cool, deep water make North Poon Kinny a nice stop on your canoe ride along the river, especially if you have an urge to swim and sunbathe while wearing nothing more than your birthday suit.

 

Legal status:

Unknown.

 

How to find it:

Follow directions to Dos Rios. The Eel River hole is about one to two hours north of Poon Kinny Ridge by canoe.


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