Lost Coast Trail

King Range National Conservation Area, California

Elevation Gain5,606ft
Trailhead Elevation1,717ft
Elevation Min/Max65/2574ft
Elevation Start/End1717/1717ft

Lost Coast Trail

Lost Coast Trail is a hiking trail in Mendocino County and Humboldt County, California. It is within King Range National Conservation Area, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, Sinkyone State Wilderness, and King Range Wilderness Area. It is 7.6 miles long and begins at 1,717 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,606 feet. The Vista Point viewpoint and Chamisal Mountain (elevation 2,575 feet) can be seen along the trail.

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Hiking the Redwood Coast (Falcon Guides)
Dan Brett
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"This relatively easy piece of the Lost Coast Trail follows a narrow strip of grassy meadows nestled between driftwood-strewn beaches and densely forested slopes. There are two excellent walk-in campgrounds along the trail for those who want to spend more time here. Pelicans, gray whales, and harbor seals can be seen, as well as Roosevelt elk. The complete Lost Coast Trail covers more than 25 miles of shoreline, inaccessible by other means."
101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"The Lost Coast can hardly be considered undiscovered. Ranching, logging, railroads, mills, and seaports have all left their mark on the land. But it is remote, too rugged for Hwy. 1, keeping all but the adventurous away."
Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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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."

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King Range National Conservation Area
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Sinkyone State Wilderness
King Range & Sinkyone Wilderness
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