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  • Morning on the Lost Coast

Lost Coast Trail, CA

Jun 13 - Jun 20, 2020 -- $1350 ★★★★



Important Notes

Until our permit is awarded, we are unable to guarantee that our trip will begin on the proposed date. If we are denied that particular day, we will request a window of 3 days before and 3 days after to begin the trip, with +/- 1 day being requested before +/- 2 or 3 days.


Much of our hiking will be on the Pacific coast. Although beach hiking is flat, the sand can retard progress. We also need to pay careful attention to tides as parts of the coast become dangerously impassable during high tides.


Because there are black bears in the area, we are required to carry bear canisters. Bring yours if you have one (and let us know you're bringing one) otherwise we will be able to provide you with one.


BLM Warning: Large unexpected waves have caused drownings. Never turn your back on the ocean!




Description

Back in the 1930s, California built State Route 1 along the Pacific Coast. When civil engineers reached the steep and rugged shores of Mendocino County, they decided it was too costly to continue building the road along the coast so they brought it inland.


This neglected coastal land became known as the "Lost Coast" because of its undeveloped remoteness and difficulty of getting there. Over the years, not much has changed the character of the wild Pacific Coast. This has made it quite a destination for backpackers like us.


Our trip will begin about 6 hours from San Francisco in Shelter Cove in the tiny settlement of Whitethorn, CA. We'll head up the coastline for a few days being careful to avoid high tides that prevent passage and then we'll turn inland where even fewer hikers go. We'll summit King Peak to see sweeping views of the Pacific (if the fog will allow). Then we'll stay high up on the ridge before descending back to the beach and the Lost Coast Trail. If you've never seen the Pacific Coast (or an endangered Marbled Murrelet) this is the trip for you.


Here is a map of the area



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 60s and 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures as high as 80 and as low as 30 or several days of rain. Here is the historical June weather. On a the July 2009 Fatpacking trip to Redwood National Park (reasonably nearby), the weather was so mild and clear we were able to sleep out under the stars almost every night, but of course you never know what's in store for us when we're there.



Trip Leaders

Rick Romine
Steve Silberberg


Cost

$1350 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from San Francisco (SFO), personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.


Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, backcountry permits, campground fees, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation and 2 awesome guides.


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Itinerary


Saturday, June 13, 2020

Fly or drive into San Francisco, CA (SFO)


Take the free airport shuttle to a local hotel (TBD)


Equipment shakedown. We go through your pack and examine everything you brought to make sure you are properly outfitted.


Trip to REI San Carlos, 1119 Industrial Rd, Ste 1B, San Carlos, CA 94070, (650) 508-2330 for last minute forgotten items

Trail mix distribution


"Before" body composition measurements taken


Go out for dinner at a local restaurant (Dinner cost not included in trip price)



Sunday, June 14, 2020

"Before" measurements taken


Free hotel breakfast


We are unsure if cars can be left at Hotel. If so, the hotel may charge you and have you sign a document that they assume no responsibility for them.


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and placed in storage


Shuttle to Black Sands Beach off of Shelter Cove Rd, Whitethorn, CA (This will take over 5 hours)


Begin hiking on the Lost Coast Trail, elevation Sea Level


Hike 1.8 flat beach miles on the Lost Coast Trail to the Horse Mountain Creek Trail, elevation Sea Level


Hike 1.9 flat beach miles on the Lost Coast Trail to Gitchell Creek, elevation Sea Level


Camp at Gitchell Creek, elevation Sea Level. Water reliable here.


Miles today: 3.7 miles. Total to Date: 3.7 Miles


Possible bailout: Black Sands Beach



Monday, June 15, 2020

The tides for today are as follows


  • 2:24 am (Low Tide : 1.6 feet)
  • 8:06 am (High Tide : 3.72 feet)
  • 1:39 pm (low tide : 1.57 feet)
  • 8:22 pm (High Tide : 5.42 feet)


We will have plenty of time centered around 1:39 pm to make it our 4.8 miles. Given the 8:06 high tide is only 3.7 feet, we can begin our hike as soon as the beach is passable, probably by 10 am.


Hike 1.5 flat beach miles on the Lost Coast Trail to the Buck Creek Trail, elevation Sea Level


Hike 1.4 flat beach miles on the Lost Coast Trail to Shipman Creek, elevation Sea Level


Hike 1.9 flat beach miles on the Lost Coast Trail to Miller Flat, elevation Sea Level


Camp at Miller Flat, elevation Sea Level. Water is reliable here.


Mileage Today: 4.8. Total mileage: 8.5


Possible bailout: Black Sands Beach, one day away


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Hike 4.9 grueling uphill miles on the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail to Bear Hollow Camp, elevation 2800'


Camp at Bear Hollow Camp, elevation 2800'. Water reliable here.


Mileage Today: 4.9. Total mileage: 13.4


Possible bailout: Smith Etter Dirt / Unimproved Road (very lightly used)


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Hike 0.8 miles on the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail to the King Crest Trail, elevation 3600'


Hike 2.2 miles on the King Crest Trail to the Lightning Trail, elevation 3400'


Hike 0.5 steep uphill miles on the King Crest Trail to King Peak, elevation 4088'


Hike 0.3 miles on the King Crest Trail to the Lightning Trail, elevation 3600'


Hike 0.4 miles on the Lightning Trail to Maple Camp, elevation 3400'


Camp at Maple Camp, elevation 3400'. Water found at Maple Spring


Mileage Today: 4.2. Total to Date: 17.6


Bailout: King Range Road (lighly traveled)


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hike 0.4 miles on the Lightning Trail to the King Crest Trail, elevation 3600'


Hike 4.3 miles on the Lightning Trail to the Buck Creek Trail, elevation 3200'


Hike 3.6 knee crushing downill miles on the Buck Creek Trail to the Lost Coast Trail, elevation Sea Level


Hike 1.5 flat miles on the Lost Coast Trail to Gitchell Creek, elevation Sea Level


High tide is at 9:58 so we'll have to move it to get to Gitchell Creek before the tide comes in


Camp at Gitchell Creek, elevation Sea Level


Mileage Today: 9.8. Total mileage: 27.4


Possible bailout: Saddle Mountain Trailhead


Friday, June 19, 2020

The tides for today are as follows


  • 5:12 am (Low Tide : -0.53 feet)
  • 11:50 am (High Tide : 4.27 feet)
  • 4:31 pm (low tide : 2.62 feet)
  • 10:30 pm (High Tide : 6.23 feet)


Hike 3.7 flat beach miles on the Lost Coast Trail to Black Sands Beach Trailhead, elevation Sea Level


End of hiking


Mileage Today: 3.7. Total mileage: 31.1


Possible bailout: Black Sands Beach


Shuttle 5+ hours back to San Francisco


Check into local hotel (TBD)


"After" body composition measurements taken


Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in trip price)


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Free breakfast in Hotel


Airport Drop


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