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The most visually stunning and relaxing backpacking trip ever.

by dorapereliAtlasGuru Contributor

North AmericaUnited States2 days / July 2019

Highs & Lows

Being by the ocean the entire time


Itinerary Overview

The  Lost Coast Trail is one of the most visually stunning places you can go. I recommend going in July- the weather is so beautiful, we didn't even bring a tent! 

DAY 1: We arrived at the parking lot at 6 am, and hopped in a van full of other hikers, which would take us the starting point. The first 3 miles of the hike are all on the sand. You know what it's like walking in sand...it can be tricky! But the beautiful views of the ocean, the seals, and the flowers, made it all worth it. 3 hours later, we were ready to set up camp. We set up right in the sand, behind a large piece of driftwood. There is truly nothing better then sleeping next to the ocean with no one around. So peaceful.

DAY 2: We woke up early, made coffee, and began treking on. The hike the whole way is pretty level; no crazy uphills or downhills. The only thing you need to be careful of is the tide. If the tide is too high at certain points, you won't be able to cross. Luckily we had done a lot of research and planning, so we didn't get stuck! A couple of hours later, we found a beautiful place to set up camp. This time near large boulders. 

DAY 3: We awoke to rain falling on our face at 5 am. Eager to get back and golf down a cheeseburger, we began our trek. The last day of hiking is so beautiful, and quite eery as well. To your left there are huge boulders, and to your right the ocean goes on for miles. Just a couple of hours later, we were back with a hungry stomach, and a heart full of beautiful memories. 

12/10 recommend this incredible hike. 

  • Day trip: Mattole Beach
  • 1 Night: Horse Mountain Creek
  • 1 Night: Shelter Cove

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Honestly nothing. We went at the perfect time of year with beautiful weather.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    All went swell! If you are able to train in the sand, I recommend that, because it is a challenge walking in it!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Bring a couple of books, because by the time you arrive at your campsite it will only be 1 pm and you will have the whole rest of the day to enjoy!

  • Transportation Tips?

    Sign up for the shuttle from the parking lot to the trailhead. This was really helpful.

  • Any surprises?

    Seeing the bear paw tracks at the end and all of the sea life!