Lost Coast Trail April 2012

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Lost Coast Map

Where is the Lost Coast?

The southern end of the Lost Coast is about 45 miles north of Mendocino. It's the largest stretch of roadless coastline in the continental United States. When you see the ruggedness of the mountains there, you understand why Highway 1 turns inland - it was impossible to build a road along the coastline.

Our Lost Coast Journey

We backpacked the entire 52 miles of the Lost Coast Trail starting at Mattole Beach in the north and walking south to Usal Campground. From Mattole to Shelter Cove, you are near the ocean the entire time. The second half from Shelter Cove to Usal Campground takes you into the mountains through some stretches of old growth forest.