If you’ve never heard of the Lost Coast in California, it refers to a stretch of coast in Humboldt and Mendocino counties where the mountains are so steep and rugged that they had to run Highway 1 inland and bypass the entire piece of coast.
The Lost Coast usually refers to the King Range, which stretches north from Shelter Cove. But, just south of Shelter Cove is the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, which is essentially a continuation of the same range of steep, rugged hills.
I hiked the King Range in 1999, which is about 24 miles, and you can do most of it by walking right on the beach. There are pros and cons to that. Beaches are generally one of my favorite places to be, but hiking on one with a forty pound pack is hard on the calves. Pro tip: it’s all about sticking to the harder sand lower on the beach near the tideline. Yeah, don’t mention it.
I did the Sinkyone in 2001, and it’s some arduous hiking, at least for me. Very steep hills, to say the least, but totally worth doing.
So, without further ado, enjoy…