Del Norte Street Fishing Pier
Overview: One to skip. On the rough-and-tumble south end of Eureka, this short asphalt span sticks out into an inlet among warehouses and swampy wetlands. There is a fair amount of bird life in the wetlands but otherwise little to see. At times, there is sketchy foot traffic of the human variety.
Parking: Free street parking near the bottom of the pier.
Directions: Highway 101 to the south end of Eureka, turn on Del Norte Street and follow it to the pier.
Overview: When a year-long construction effort is completed in September, Trinidad will have California's newest pier. The $8.3-million project ($6.5 million is for actual construction) will have a long, 10-foot wide walkway that leads to a platform with steps down to an attached fishing dock.
Background: The original pier, built in 1946, was wood. This new one has steel pilings with a polymer coating to prevent toxins in the metal from leaching into the water. The decking is made of concrete with rebar.
Notable views: The pier is wedged into a topographically interesting position. To the left, a giant rock looms over about the first third of the structure. To the right are a gravelly beach and then a rocky promontory that parallels the pier. From the end of the pier, you can see the town of Trinidad on the cliffs above the bay.
Parking: Free in the smallish lot near the Seascape Restaurant at the foot of the pier.
Directions: From Highway 101, take the Trinidad exit and follow the road, through several name changes, as it winds through the small town and down to the parking lot near the foot of the pier.
-- Christopher Smith