Lost Coast Trail South Section

Leggett, California

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Unlike the beach route of the northern half of the Lost Coast Trail, the southern half moves inland and at times climbs steeply over mostly forested ridges between brief forays to the ocean. Although this section’s ocean views are less frequent, they’re arguably more impressive, as the higher vantage points provide for longer-range vistas. Where the trail does reach the beach, the scenery is quite striking. This hike passes through some old-growth redwood groves. The abundant marine wildlife includes harbor seals, sea lions, migrating gray whales, and tidepool creatures. On land, you may see black-tailed deer, black bear, or Roosevelt elk (reintroduced to the area in 1982). The area has a profusion of birds, including brown pelicans, black oystercatchers, cormorants, sandpipers, terns, gulls, ravens, and an occasional osprey or bald eagle.
Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast

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Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

Unlike the beach route of the northern half of the Lost Coast Trail, the southern half moves inland and at times climbs steeply over mostly forested ridges between brief forays to the ocean. Although this section’s ocean views are less frequent, they’re arguably more impressive, as the higher vantage points provide for longer-range vistas. Where the trail does reach the beach, the scenery is quite striking. This hike passes through some old-growth redwood groves. The abundant marine wildlife includes harbor seals, sea lions, migrating gray whales, and tidepool creatures. On land, you may see black-tailed deer, black bear, or Roosevelt elk (reintroduced to the area in 1982). The area has a profusion of birds, including brown pelicans, black oystercatchers, cormorants, sandpipers, terns, gulls, ravens, and an occasional osprey or bald eagle.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Leggett
Length: 28.7
Elevation Gain: 8,850 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3–5 days
Season: Even though the Lost Coast Trail can be hiked any time the weather is accommodating, spring and fall are usually the two best seasons. While temperatures are generally moderate during summer, fog oftentimes drapes the Northern California coastline with an omnipresent veil. Along with clearer skies,
Local Contacts: King Range & Sinkyone Wilderness
Topo Map: Lost Coast Trail: South Section Topographic Map
Guide Book: Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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