Black stone under your feet. Constant waves on your right. Cliffs and trees on your left. You are alone along the undeveloped California coastline called The Lost Coast. It is removed enough to feel remote, but has the infrastructure to make it accessible.
Each day you will hike between six and twelve miles, depending on how you choose to divide your days. There are two passes along the way that are impassable during high tide. Use the provided maps and information to have a successful hike.
Visitors camping overnight in the King Range National Conservation Area (NCA) are required to carry and use hard-sided bear resistant proof canisters. Information on approved models is available online at www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/containers.htm. The canisters must be of sufficient size to permit storage of all food, trash, toiletries, sunscreen, dog food, surfboard wax, insect repellent, and other scented items for the duration of the trip. Each person must possess a minimum of one canister. Visitors failing to use canisters are subject to fines (43 CFR 8365.1-6)
Canisters may be rented from the following locations:
The first day you will take the shuttle for just under two hours, then hike about six miles. Hike to the Punta Gorda Lighthouse and then another mile to camp right before the tide zones.
Day two will be around eight to twelve miles. The more you hike on day two, the less to the finish. Again, camp close to the tidal zone. There will be plenty of coves past the flats where you can camp.
Day three is whatever mileage you have left, something around eight to ten miles. This is the most straightforward day. You will probably want to start early to make sure you get your bear canister back.
You will be hiking around three to six hours a day. We ended up with some time to sit in our hammocks and read. It was calm and pleasant.
Don’t forget to keep all scented items in the bear canister away from your camp. We woke up to bear tracks down the beach from where we slept.
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