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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