Hiking the remote Lost Coast of Northern California is on the bucket list of many serious hikers. It takes knowledge and preparation, because there are significant dangers and obstacles.
Hiking the Lost Coast
A quick summary:
• camp anywhere you like, but in established sites
• beware bear visits
• severe storms typical
• no bridges, many creek crossings
• be forewarned about ticks and Lyme disease
• all water must be treated
• don’t be surprised to find a rattlesnake in a pile of driftwood
• mobile phone coverage unlikely
• it’s remote, rescue slow and difficult
Rick also discusses the dangers of getting caught by high tides and getting sucked out to sea by rogue waves.
You’ve got to see Rick’s stunning pics, and the link to the full set on Flickr. Wow!
I’ve explored the northern section of the Lost Coast, but my brother and co-author Marc Soares was the lucky dog who got to do the whole thing for the early editions of 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California.
Late spring is a good time to go.
Your Lost Coast Hiking Experiences
Have you hiked the Lost Coast Trail? What did you think?