The south section of Lost Coast Trail continues 22 miles through redwood groves and Roosevelt elk territory in Sinkyone State Park. Unlike the northern end of the trail, hikers travel through mountain meadows and old-growth forests, peeking at distant valleys through clusters of chaparral.

 
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Expert Review of Lost Coast Trail - South Section

Parks and Outdoors Review of Lost Coast Trail - South Section

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Day Hiking,Saltwater Fishing,Whale Watching
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • While most backpackers travel the northern section of the Lost Coast Trail, day-hikers can get a good taste of the Lost Coast by traveling the six-mile southern stretch from the Hidden Valley Trailhead near Shelter Cove to the Needle Rock Visitor Center in Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. If you can arrange a shuttle, you'll have an easy day, but if not, you have a 2,700-foot gain on your return.
  • In contrast to the rocky beaches and grassy blufftops of the northern Lost Coast Trail, this southern stretch is lined with redwood-filled glens, black sand beaches, and sharp cliffs that tower over the sea. In addition to sighting whales, seals, and sea lions, you may run into Roosevelt elk somewhere along your journey. Give them plenty of room, especially during their rutting season.

Address:
King Range National Conservation Area
California


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 707-825-2300
Fax: 707-825-2301
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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