The Lost Coast Trail in California is a 24 mile stretch of wilderness, still left untouched by developers and motorized vehicles. This portion of the California coast is unable to be developed because of the rough terrain, but there is plenty to be explored on foot. There are two sections of the Lost Coast hike that are impassible unless the tide is low, and we found ourselves doing a bit of waiting at one crossing.
There is no shortage of wildlife on this hike - we saw plenty of deer, sea lions, seals, otters, and even whales. Weather plays a big part on the Lost Coast Trail as well, with a wide range of temperatures and apparent micro-climates as the hiking terrain changes. Much of the hike is through sand, small pebbles, and rocks, so definitely pack some ankle support, and don't forget your sunscreen.
This is a beautiful hike exploring a special section of Humboldt County that is unseen by most, and is recommended for any backpacker hitting the Northern California area. Please enjoy some photos from 3 days on The Lost Coast.
If you haven't tried your LifeStraw in a Nalgene, it's our favorite way to filter light. There is plenty of fresh water to be found along the way, so no need to carry liters at a time if you have filtration.
Dinner at camp with MSR Gear and Mountain House, then one of the best parts of the day - a shoes-off sunset. Relaxing and unaware that in a few hours I was going to receive my very first mystery nighttime visitors to my tent. :) Just deer, I suspect, but it sure made for an interesting time.
Picky Bars and whale watching. Unfortunately none of the whales showed up very well in the photos, but we were stalked for a while by this guy who was kind enough to pose.
The last few miles of the coastline are littered with what looks like mini-rainforests. The region averages around 100" of rain a year, and they are as lush and green as you would expect. We got nice views of the fog rolling in, out, and over the hilltops as the temperatures fluctuated. Don't forget your rain jacket on this one, you never know when you might need it.
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