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Lost Coast Trail: North Section Professional Review and Guide
"The Lost Coast is a strip of rugged Northern California coastline between where CA 1 bends inland in the south and the Mattole River enters the ocean near Petrolia in the north. The steep topography forced highway engineers to retreat inland to find more hospitable terrain suitable for a north-to-south byway. Combined with some outstanding scenery, the lack of a road and the inevitable, corresponding development has created a veritable hikers’ paradise. The area’s premier long-distance path, the Lost Coast Trail is also perhaps the finest trail along the entire Pacific Coast. The seaside community of Shelter Cove near the midpoint divides the trail; the following description covers the north segment."
--Mike White, Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast (Wilderness Press).
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