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So nice!

I think this was my most favorite place to go to on the north coast. We Enjoyed the scenery and it... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Henderson, Nevada
No road surface !!!!!

Absolutely no surface on the roads, no more than a dirt track in places. No cell phone coverage... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
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Eureka, CA
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Reviewed yesterday

I think this was my most favorite place to go to on the north coast. We Enjoyed the scenery and it felt good to be able to walk/bike on this trail. Definitely bring some nice shoes though.

Thank jeffsorenson82
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Absolutely no surface on the roads, no more than a dirt track in places. No cell phone coverage. Visitors should be warned that unless they are driving an all terrain vehicle they should avoid this area. Even our GPS told us to turn back because...More

Thank planb4ugoCork
Reviewed 8 February 2017

As always beautiful views of the ocean, maybe see an eagle or two and seals. A little muddy so wear hiking shoes. And bring a real camera for the best pictures.

Reviewed 18 January 2017

We did the first part of the hike and we went on a Friday morning in September and returned the next afternoon. What an amazing experience. Make sure you time the tides correctly and use a map.

Thank Katy B
Reviewed 9 November 2016

A hidden road in a quaint town leads through an enchanted forest that twists and turns for miles and miles and finally pours you out on a black sand beach! The road is very long, and very beat up. And there are free range cows...More

5  Thank Christine H
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Well I have only done one other backpacking trip, but this one was so hard for me. So I hike around the Bay Area hills a couple times a month and I knew this would be a stretch for me, but dang, I was happy...More

2  Thank cindyrdh
Reviewed 22 September 2016

At the edge of the universe, 25 miles long. The trek is doable in 3D/2N depending on how much hiking daily and timing of the tides. This is not about being fit (though it helps) but about the power of nature. There are 3 impassables,...More

1  Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

You do have to drive a pretty curvy road, and fairly steep descent into the Cove, But very worth it. You want to head to the Lighthouse where there is public parking, and picnic tables. There are nice plaques by the Lighthouse explaing the history...More

4  Thank Loreen P
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Back packing trip of some of California's most unknown coast. Bring your sleeping bag, small tent and wear substantial shoes since lots of the hike is on sand. Light weight stuff only and get a bear can for food to discourage occasional black bears. You'll...More

1  Thank cal_banker
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I did this backpack long before August 2015, but the advice still stands. Once on the trail, keep moving so you won't be caught in a place you can't escape the tides; there are steep cliffs impossible to climb. This a roadless place. It's very...More

2  Thank JanuarySkier
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Deepali G
Have been trying to book a shuttle from shelter cove to mattle beach. Left messages at two shuttle companies but got no response. What to do?
12 August 2016|
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Response from astraAustin_TX | Reviewed this property |
You might try calling Inn of the Lost Coast for info. We drove the lost coast on Mattole Rd between Petrolia and Ferndale. It was amazing and spectacular, but I wouldn't have been in the car with anyone but my husband... More
I'm wondering about Parking. I'm planning on doing a yo-yo of each section, the King Range and the Sinkyone Wilderness. I was hoping to Park in Shelter Cove somewhere; preferably for free. Any recommendations or advice? What is the parking situation at the Hidden Valley Trailhead?
30 March 2015|
Response from VonHumboldt |
It's too late for your trip, I'm sure, but in case anyone else has the same question ... There's a fairly large parking lot with free parking at the trailhead in Shelter Cove. It's a better option than Hidden Valley, which... More