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Lost Coast Trail: North (Mattole - Black Sands Beach)

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (22)

Miles and miles of epic, untouched coastal beauty await!


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Map Key

27.3

Miles

43.9

KM

97%

Runnable

152' 46 m

High

0' 0 m

Low

1,840' 561 m

Up

1,820' 555 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail may be approached from 3 main entry points: at the top of the King Range National Conservation Area, at the middle between the King Range and Sinkyone Wilderness (Needle Rock), or at the southern end of the Sinkyone Wilderness at Usal Campground.

There are many tall ferns, trees, and other plants that overhang the trail the whole time. Keep an eye out for wildlife as well. On this trip, I encountered one ginormous elk, 2 black bears, 2 does, a handful of lizards, and a couple of ticks (one of which left me with a nice bullseye ring, which is most likely onset Lyme disease, so use caution with these guys!).

Make sure you stretch, have plenty of water, eat a big breakfast, have trekking poles handy, and have a big memory card for your camera because this trail demands it. There are so many amazing views once you reach the flat areas of the trail.

Flora & Fauna

Coastal shrubs and bushes, tall redwoods and other trees, mushrooms, ferns.

Contacts

Shared By:

Willie Virgen with improvements by Guy Granger

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  4.6 from 22 votes

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Photos

The Lost Coast.
Feb 3, 2016 near Ferndale, CA
Traveling the Lost Coast Trail in October brings golden grasses and wonderful temperatures.
May 6, 2017 near Ferndale, CA
A cluster of starfish cling to the rocks along the Lost Coast Trail.
May 6, 2017 near Redway, CA
The Lost Coast Trail - Punta Gorda.
Jun 29, 2017 near Ferndale, CA
Campsite next to Punta Gorda Lighthouse
Feb 5, 2020 near Ferndale, CA
Taco night on the Lost Coast Trail.
Feb 3, 2016 near Redway, CA

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