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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 13, 2020
Hiking

It was a beautiful hike. This was my first backpacking trip. I've done up to 12 mile hike before but this was more challenging because of the sand, pebbles and boulders. I had trained for this hike by hiking sand dunes. We did the hike north to south. The first impassable strech has a few miles full of boulders. It's hard on the feet but not terrible for a first day. There are several campasites at the end of this section just go up, just don't camp on the beach. The tide was really high.

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Spencer Meek reviewed Paradise Royale
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 11, 2020
Hiking

This trail is really well maintained and marked, it is a loop with a fair amount of up and down, some good views of the king range and the pacific ocean, and some beautiful fir and oak forest. That being said, it is a mountain biking trail. Hiking is allowed, but it is very difficult at times to hear or see bikers coming down the trail and I found this to be a bit dangerous. It did look like a fantastic trail for biking, but I wouldn't recommend it for a hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 11, 2020
Hiking

More sand, less rocks.

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Peter Lavery reviewed Cooskie Creek Route
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 29, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 22, 2020

My husband and I hiked n to s mid September to celebrate my birthday. It was his 1st backpacking trip. I hike a lot in the mountains but this was my first beach hike. It was beautiful! We spent 4 nights on the trail giving us plenty of time to savor the beauty. We saw sea lions, elephant seals, deer, many types of birds and A Lot of very fresh bear tracks! Most memorable were the more then 60 whale blows we counted in the distance at once. This whale “fountain” show lasted for 2 days! Stunning! Be prepared with the tides as it could be very dangerous if you are not prepared to go through the impassable zones. Bear can required ... tracks everywhere! (we didn’t see any bears though). The BLM has plenty of bear cans and they were so helpful with our planning questions. Bring hiking poles and good boots. Take your time to enjoy.. this trail deserves it!

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Valerie Norton reviewed Cooskie Creek Route
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 15, 2020
Backpacking

The version of the Cooskie Creek Route that is shared today is certainly an interesting interpretation. There isn't and never has been trail up Cooskie Creek itself. The Cooskie Creek Route has its northwest end a little southeast of Fourmile Creek and climbs up The HJ Ridge, over Gorda 2, and down again to Cooskie Creek passing a junction with Cooskie Spur Route. From the creek, it climbs again up Lake Ridge to Spanish Ridge, where it finishes. To make a loop, you would want to drop down Spanish Ridge Trail and return on Lost Coast Trail. Smaller loops are possible via the Cooskie Spur Route, which starts climbing on an overland portion of the Lost Coast Trail near a cabin ruin. (There is a post pointing which way for LCT only. They purposely do not mark the Cooskie Spur Route. Remember, it is "unmarked" and "unmaintained".) It meets the Cooskie Creek Route near a coral with a water trough and campsite. Notice that this is called a ROUTE, not a TRAIL. This is because, as stated really often on the free map you can find at the LCT trailheads, "Cooskie Creek Route is unmarked/unmaintained. Route finding skills necessary!" This mildly overstates it. There are markers along the way, but often not where they are needed. One staffer at the visitor center told me it was cow trails through prairie, which does characterize some of it. It is all on old roads, but that doesn't mean you'll be able to see where there once was an old road. I found it particularly hard to follow about a quarter of the way up from Fourmile Creek to Gorda 2. It was impossible as I came down from the coral to Cooskie Creek where the land has slid, but finding a route wasn't hard. I didn't find it on the other side of the creek and should have looked longer. The climb was hard without the trail and very easy once I was on it again. There were too many trails out by Lake Hill 2, but knowing I should still be going uphill made the decision easy. The trail is lost at the "lake" on the hill, but keep going forward and it is found again. Going down Spanish Ridge should have been easier because it is supposed to be maintained. It was easy and marked at first. There are two old roads that go down and at the junction they are both quite clear. (They are what makes the Spanish Ridge loop on here. Only the eastern one is official trail. When I got there, someone has marked with rocks to be very clear that the western one should be used.) I followed the official route down. (For some reason this track does not. I don't recommend that way judging by the comments on the Spanish Ridge loop.) It got downright scruffy on the way down and I almost got onto a third old jeep road down. I only went a few feet extra before turning back and getting back on track. At the bottom, it is signed, so I definitely got the right trail. From there it's all the normal LCT considerations. I found it to be wonderful, but harder than I expected for only climbing 2300 feet or so. The prairies give amazing views. The Douglas fir is pioneering more and more places so there's getting to be more shade, but they'll take that view. I camped near springs in the vicinity of the coral and again at a spring on the way down Spanish Ridge and Cooskie Creek along LCT.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 14, 2020
Backpacking

This trail is excellent as an intro to thru hiking or for anyone wanting a change of mountain scenery during their backpacking trips. We went Monday through Wednesday with low tides hitting in the early evening around 1am. Only saw a few groups our second day and had the campsites to ourselves both nights. Saw river otters and lots of bear tracks. The smoke was not a problem but we had masks to sleep in just in case. I encourage all to hike north to south if you have the option. Was about as I expected with difficulty, just hard walking in sand at a slope so make sure you’re ankles are prepared. The all trails gps map helped because the trail goes above the beach a lot. I would recommend this trail to anybody! You’ll have a great time. Woohoo!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
BackpackingBlowdownNo shadeRocky

I underestimated this trail thinking it would be kind of easy with the lack of elevation. I'm used to doing very steep hikes. This hike is brutal on the knees and ankles, very little actual trail, mostly just crumbling sand and rocks. Make sure you download this map because its critical for helping you locate where you are. We tried using the park map but because of wildfires visibility is low and we couldn't see the upcoming headlands. Obviously watch the tides so you don't die. We got on trail right before the ban on camp stoves. When we finished there was a sign saying no fires or stoves in the backcountry. This basically makes this hike impossible unless you day hike or do it without cooking. Amazing trail, worth all the pain.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
BackpackingRocky

Definitely a challenging back packing hike depending on your athletic level. We had different levels in our group. Appropriate shoes are a must. I wore Hoka trail shoes. My first backpacking hike and I loved and didn’t need hiking sticks. Breath taking views and restful sleep. Completed the hike in three days and two nights. I will definitely do it again but south to north for a different challenge.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 9, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 8, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 6, 2020
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Brendan Schwarz reviewed Paradise Royale
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 6, 2020
Mountain biking

So, I had a pretty rough time with this trail due to my own arrogance, but it is a beautiful, well-designed, and well-maintained trail. With the right bike, I think this trail is within reach of most experienced cyclists who are in good shape. I made the dumb decision of trying this off the cuff on a poorly maintained cross bike and had a terrible time. Lots of leaves on the ground meant that my relatively thin, smooth-ish tires were struggling for traction and I had to dismount several times on the switchbacks. Then about a mile into the downhill, one of my brakes went out and I had to walk the last 5 miles. It was pretty wretched, and completely my fault. Bring a real mountain bike, extra tubes etc. watch your toes, your head, and especially your speed and you should be fine.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 4, 2020
HikingOver grown

Getting there: You'll need a rugged vehicle to get to the trail head. Expect about a 45 minute gravel road drive after leaving the main paved road turn off. Have plenty of gas. Our Volvo V70 wagon did not make it all the way to the trail head adding an extra two miles of hiking round trip. We did see a Subaru made it up just fine. Basic things to know: 1. This is a really remote hike, we didn’t see anyone until we got to the beach. Having the mountain to ourselves was nice but you are really deep in there. 2. There are several creeks in which you can get water from but we found many to be dry. If its late in the season (July, August) and has been an especially dry year be prepared to bring enough water for all of day one. I went through about 8.5 liters of water in 2.5 days. 3. There is a lot of sun exposure. We did our best on the days we got an early start. 4. You’ll need a bear canister or be prepared to hang your food in a bag from a tree limb. We saw lots and lots of signs of bears but didn’t see one. 5. There are two very reliable water sources Big Flat Creek and Buck Creek Day One From the Trailhead on Saddle Mountain Road to the trail split is about 0.8 miles. Its a wide fire road covered in leaves, shady and has some nice warm up hiking up and down small ‘hills’. There is a sign post at the trail split and you can choose there whether you want to go clock wise or counter clock wise. We choose to follow the direction of the all trails map and go clockwise and take the King Crest Trail. If you go counter clockwise its A LOT of down hill climbing on day one. On a warm day the King Crest Trail leg of the hike can be challenging as you are at some points walking on the crest and are exposed to lots of sun and wind. But the views are amazing and over all you get a good mix of different terrain. We took a detour down to Maple Camp where there is a small creek and we were able to load up on water. Decided to camp at Bear Hallow - this was about 11 miles in for us since we had hiked an extra mile from our car to the trail head and had detoured about a mile to the creek to get water. Bear Hallow is a sweet little camp site. We did hear some critters in the night but nothing major, there is also a very small spring there that must be really helpful during wetter times of year. Left car at 8:30 am arrived at camp around 4:00pm - had about a 45min lunch break. So its about a 6-7 hour hiking day. Day Two We went from Bear Hallow Campsite to Buck Creek Campsite about 8 miles. Be prepared for about 4 miles of down hill climbing, luckily the trail is in the woods and shady. We did see one rattle snake and a small black snake, both were shy and got out of the way when they saw us coming. Big Flat creek is a great place to refill water and even dip in. The trail can be hard to find at times but just be patient and look around for the Cairns, they do a good job of pointing out the trail on either side of the creek, we did put on our camp shoes and did some wading through the creek. We also found that the All Trails map was pretty right on. Eventually you make it out to a grassy field that parallels the creek and then to the beach. Lots of sun exposure walking on the beach and be sure to take a screen shot of a tide time table before you go. There is a least one section that is hard to pass in high tide. We camped at Buck Creek campsite and loved it, amazing views that made the whole trip worth it. There is also a nice creek there which we dipped in and refilled our water. You see a lot more people along the beach than in the hills. Day Three Our campsite just happened to be right at the trail head so we were able to wake up early and start hiking Buck Creek Trail. Be prepared for a little over 4 miles worth of straight up climbing, it lets up in a few sections but the majority of the hike is nonstop climbing. We were happy to have lighter packs that day and to also have gotten a really early start as it heated up quick. We started the hike a little after 7am and powered through and were done by 10:30 am. Overall I would only recommend this hike to an experienced backpacker, this isn’t a hike to learn on. Its hard on your body and there are some spots that are a little dangerous if not navigated with caution. If you want a challenge this is a good hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
Backpacking

Completed in 3 days and 2 nights. After walking along sandy beaches, stony shores, and through fields of wildflowers wedged between the rugged cliffs and the sea I can say this was a one of a kind experience. The views were magnificent, the weather was fantastic (bring sunscreen), and aside from hiking over lots of rocks, it wasn't that difficult. The LCT has everything you could want in a backpacking trip. There are freshwater streams that lead right out to the ocean every few miles, there are no shortage of camping options, and generally even if there are a lot of people out there, I found that my group was often hiking in solitude. Setting up camp, watching the sunset and listening to the sounds of the waves crashing against the shore as you fall asleep is something I will never forget. Notes: -Planning this trip was a lot more stressful than actually hiking it. I stressed a lot about the tides, but it was a lot less daunting than I believed. -Hiked north to south to have the winds at our back. -I was able to wear shorts the entire trip and not get one tick or poison oak rash, maybe I was just lucky. -Saw plenty of sea lions along the trail. -The drive between the southern trail head and northern trail head is 2 hours, and one of the more winding routes I have ever been through. If you take 2 vehicles and park one at each end, DO NOT forget your keys to one of the cars...it will make for a very long final day.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 3, 2020
Hiking

We did 27 miles, just didn’t record the entire hike via ALLTrails. This was an awesome adventure. We saw bear tracks by the ocean, momma and cub. We saw plenty of deer, elephant seals, starfish, seashells, birds, otters, rattlesnake, whales etc...was a beautiful experience, rough terrain and definitely a work out. I did end up getting poison ivy...as there is so much of it everywhere. Definitely a great trip and worth the time.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 26, 2020
HikingRocky

Beautiful backpacking trip! Exposed, ragged and incredible coastline. Tips: Bring plenty of sunscreen and hats, dogs must have booties - we had two very seasoned backpacking dogs and we would have had to carry them if we didn’t have booties. Make sure you time the hike with the tides as there are stretches each day that are impassable at high tides. We loved this trail, will absolutely go again!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 22, 2020
Backpacking

Loved every minute of it.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 20, 2020
Hiking

slow going but beautiful!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 20, 2020
Hiking

My partner and I will be hiking the trail starting on September 8th. We’re using bill’s lost coast shuttle and need a couple more people in our shuttle! The shuttle leaves from black sands beach parking lot at 8am and takes you up to mattole where you can begin your hike. Bill was extremely helpful and easy to get ahold of—his office phone is 707-442-1983 and his cell phone is 707-362-0052. Give him a call if you’re trying to start the trail on the 8th!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 20, 2020
Hiking

Bucket list hike! I have never done a beach-thru hike like this and it was a fun, new challenge. The whole hike took much longer than a typical trail for us; hiking on the sand took more effort and traversing stones and wet rocks required much more attention. We took 3 days to complete. Due to the tide levels, we started hiking each day pre-sunrise. DAY 1: Camped at Mattole and started the day at around 3:00am and hiked about 4 miles to Cooksie Creek and camped off the overland trail. We were able to set up camp at around 8:00am, took a nap and spent the rest of the day hanging out by the beach. DAY 2: From Cooksie Creek, we hiked about 13 miles and camped at Miller Flat. Highly recommend this area, there are plenty of spots tucked away near the creek that create wind breaks. This was a popular surf spot and we spent the evening watching surfers and hanging with deer. DAY 3: From Miller Flat, we hiked the remaining 8 ish miles to Blacksands beach. Once again, we started around 5:00am, the last 2-3 miles of the the trail was open beach with a great view of your destination. This was a nice for break for the your feet but still hard on the legs. There were so many creek crossing we didnt carry much water and we took two dogs and they were both happy but TIRED! Once again, a great hike.

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katina holderman reviewed Spanish Ridge Loop Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 16, 2020
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katina holderman reviewed Spanish Ridge Loop Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 15, 2020
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Diego Celis reviewed Cooskie Creek Route
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 11, 2020
BackpackingBlowdownOff trailOver grownPrivate propertyScramble

The trail is nonexistent! Maybe a decade ago. Now its ridiculously overgrown.

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