Lost Coast Trail, CA
Taking over where Highway 1 veers away from California’s foreboding northern coastline, the Lost Coast is named for its tendency to vanish beneath the tide, and for its scarcity of roads. Much of it sits within the 64,000-acre King Range National Conservation Area, and the 52-mile Lost Coast Trail takes you from 12,000-foot high coastal peaks in the north to an otherworldly stretch of beach hiking that includes three strands of black-sand, coastal redwood groves, prehistoric fern glens, and several stream and tide-pool crossings. It’s a popular hike, with some occasionally heavy rainfall and the possibility of a bear sighting. A midweek summer season trek is your best shot at solitude and sunshine.
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