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Lost Coast Scenic Drive

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Address: Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Ferndale, CA

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Shelter Cove is the Highlight

My husband and I loved our time on the lost coast scenic drive. The views are great right away out of Ferndale and then when you finally see the coastline after winding up and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I loved our time on the lost coast scenic drive. The views are great right away out of Ferndale and then when you finally see the coastline after winding up and down farmland. There was a section before the turn to Shelter Cove that was a little unsettling in that we were on a dirt road going... More 

Thank sjstan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This can be an amazing drive if you know what you are getting into. The road is pretty bad for most of the trip so it can take 3 to 4 hours before you get back to civilization. I would hate to get stranded there.

Thank MLTtraveler
De Meern, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quiet road, winding and astonishing views when you reach the ocean. Cows in the meadows reaching the oceans, good hiking, but very few towns and no fuel untill you reach the 101.

Thank 64mia
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Wow this HWY 1 adventure on the lost coast was amazing. We were in an RV class A and had amazing views from our drivers seat. We made some stops for pictures and it was amazing we were happy to be at an amazingly quiet part of the world. Stars at night were also amazing I recommend you go to... More 

Thank Darlene D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The worst road ever, but the coast is unspoiled and majestic. Awesome! Plan on 4 hour trip. The road is so bad! So going 15 to 20 mph is normal. Any faster and you will lose half tour car!

Thank Lindakitchen8
liverpool UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The road is twisty in places and sometimes undulating but the surface is generally good so a 4 wheel is not essential. Where else can you get a sandy beach totally to yourself and enjoy distant misty views of the coastline and trees while the sun slants beams through onto the sea. If you like solitude this drive is well... More 

1 Thank trazzer b
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

An awesome spot on the way to Humboldt Redwood National Park. It is rare to find a place where the ancient redwoods come all the way down to the ocean.

Thank Michael T
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

The Lost Coast Scenic Drive is not to be missed but requires some preparation. We started at the Ferndale end and traveled to Shelter Cove. The drive is simply stunning especially the stretch that immediately follows the coast line just south of Capetown. The coastline is so beautiful it reminded me a great deal of the Nā Pali Coast on... More 

5 Thank 94121travel
Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

From Ferndale, staying on Mattole through Honeydew and out through the redwood forest near Weott, this is about a 67 mile ride. Some rough road with potholes and such and some gravel sections. I'm sure they aren't the same sections every few months. Spectacular views as you drop down to the coast, from both directions. I turned around a few... More 

1 Thank Mark H
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

If you take 211/Mattole to reach the Lost Coast, make sure you are ready for the drive. Have a full tank of gas. The road is in bad shape, it's very curvy, and the grade and potholes are terrible. The views and beach by Petrolia are beautiful. I also suggest having water and snacks. This drive isn't for someone who... More 

1 Thank Alexandra M

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