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Lost Coast Scenic Drive

Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Ferndale, CA
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Skip it! Much prettier drives and scenery a little to the South!

Based upon reviews, we took this drive. The sheer number of very deep potholes made this drive... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
San Jose, California
Lost coast road

Wish I had read the previous reviews sooner. This drive may have some scenic value but it is about... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
Steve I
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Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Ferndale, CA
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Based upon reviews, we took this drive. The sheer number of very deep potholes made this drive stressful, and the scenery was just not that great, with the exception of the southern most few miles on Bull Creek which was gorgeous (and accessible from the...More

2  Thank gpm58
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Wish I had read the previous reviews sooner. This drive may have some scenic value but it is about 62 miles of bad road. Unless you enjoy playing dodge the tire popping, rim bending, axle breaking, potholes, my advice would be to skip it. If...More

2  Thank Steve I
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

This route is about 60 miles long and took me 3.5 hours to drive due to terrible road conditions. I would call the route more interesting than scenic since most of the way there are no views except for glimpses. The beach area where people...More

2  Thank capellathedog
Reviewed 8 August 2017

When in the area we go to Ferndale Pizza and then take this drive. It takes you out to the coast, and then back through the redwood forests south of Ferndale including Ave of the Giants. The road is scenic, paved with a lot of...More

4  Thank omc141
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This drive is fantastic! The scenery is amazing and there are very few people around. I highly recommend walking on the beach where, after a short walk, you feel like no one has been there for years. The drive can be dangerous though, particularly on...More

1  Thank J R
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Decided to do this trip from Ferndale - 63 miles in total, most of it narrow and winding. Drove out of the damp and mist above the clouds to be met by the most spectacular view of the countryside and coast. As previously mentioned, the...More

2  Thank Woody4
Reviewed 1 June 2017

We drove last memorial weekend (2017). I think the road was fine, some small potholes but won't make any damage to the car. Some road constructions were still going on. And yes, it's a long drive but totally worth it. Get off from my routines...More

Thank Yan b
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Getting to the Ocean Front Inn, Shelter Cove Ca. from Eureka is an experience in its self the rugged California Coast line is incredibly beautiful the Lost Coast Hwy is not for the faint of heart specially on Harleys but worth every mile potholes, gravel...More

2  Thank vnrcooper
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

We were in SF for Spring Break and midweek we rented a Mustang convertible and drove up to Ferndale. Our main focus was to see the Avenue of Giants. It was spectacular! Definitely a site to see! These trees are so magnificent. I'm disappointed that...More

Thank Alanna G
Reviewed 24 April 2017

The road is paved, but there are numerous potholes. The views however are worth it. Lots of great picnic spots. We sure enjoyed it.

Thank Jody J
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Kathleen C
4 June 2016|
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Response from Marvin T | Reviewed this property |
You should have no trouble driving the road in a van, as long as it is a sturdy vehicle and you take your time, we took our 38' motorhome over it. Just enjoy and make sure you gas tank is full.
Barbara A
15 May 2016|
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Response from Raoul L | Reviewed this property |
From SF Airport at that time of the day will take you roughly 4-5 hours to get to the Avenue of the Giants. Weott is a small cute town with a couple of hotels that you can stay at and leaves you with a short drive to the... More
2 March 2015|
Response from 94121travel | Reviewed this property |
I'd say 4 hours from Santa Rosa, CA and 5 hours from San Francisco, CA. The Lost Coast Scenic Drive adds hours to the trip due to road conditions. We averaged 17 miles per hour.