6. The Lost Coast Trail, North, California (25 miles)Learn More
Named for its tendency to vanish beneath California’s tide, and for its scarcity of roads, the 64,000-acre Lost Coast encompasses the state’s most undeveloped stretch of shoreline. Much of the King Range wilderness is beach hiking, including three lovely black-sand stretches, with diversions into redwood groves, chaparral, grassy meadows, old-growth forest and fern glens, and several stream and tide-pool crossings. A herd of Roosevelt Elk considers the area around Chemise Mountain home, and seals, sea lions, and whales can often be spotted offshore. It’s a popular hike, with some occasionally heavy rainfall. A midweek summer season trek is your best shot at solitude and dryness.
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