Humboldt Lagoons State Park

A Hike at Humboldt Lagoons State Park

Humboldt Lagoons State Park is a fascinating collection of four distinct lagoons: Big Lagoon, Dry Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon. The formation of these lagoons is a story of powerful forces working together. Waves tirelessly carve sandy bars, separating the lagoons from the crashing ocean. Tides are vital in flushing the lagoons with fresh seawater and essential nutrients. Meanwhile, rivers patiently contribute sediment, gradually building up the landmass.

Our hike started at an empty parking spot near Gyon Bluffs. Embraced by the warm sunshine and a gentle breeze, we cheerfully walked along the welcoming beach towards Sharp Rock. The idyllic weather created a picture-perfect California coast experience.


However, the California coast is known for its dramatic weather shifts. On our way back, the weather took a surprising turn. Within ten to fifteen minutes, the sky transformed. Rolling clouds swiftly replaced the playful sunshine. The gentle breeze became a powerful wind, causing high waves. This sudden swiftness painted the park in a new light, transforming the peaceful scene into one with robust power and untamed beauty.


Wednesday, August 9, 2023


3.34 miles

Moving Time

1:22:11 hours


67 °F, sun, clouds, moderate breeze