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Lost Coast Central Stretch is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitethorn, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until November.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 305 ft Route type Point to Point

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Beach

Views

Wild flowers

Description
Waypoints (4)

Central portion of the Lost Coast Trail. Start in Shelter Cove, pack in to Gitchell Creek where you set up camp. Day hike to Shipman Lagoon and Big Beach, then back.

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Daylight
Reviews (30)
Photos (210)
Recordings (32)
Completed (129)
Andrew Smith
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Hiking

A ton of whale sightings amazing, 3.8 miles then returned as dog was hot and the sand was tiring on or feet, but the whales :) It finished off with some rain

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Hales Brown
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Hiking

Beautiful, stunning black sand beach hiking. Bring trekking poles if you have them and don’t underestimate the difficulty of hiking on the beach. I hiked in about 5 miles, enjoying a mystical foggy day before the sun lifted some of the fog and revealed all the stunning cliffs and views. Don’t let rain or fog stop you. I felt like I had the beach to myself. Really fun beach combing as well, but I always suggest to follow LNT and leave what you find.

Brooke Stanley
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Backpacking
Patrick McCune
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Hiking

Everything about this hike is good.

Ana Enriquez
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Amazing black sand beach. Sublime.

Jay Blue Austin
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Backpacking
First to Review

Beautiful backpacking trip in mid-70s to low 80 degree weather - Indian summer is the right time to do this hike.

AJ D.
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Terry Yeh
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H Otto
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Will Walker
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Hiking
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David Seibel
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Hiking
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Christine Koth
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Ryan Ballman
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Dan Atler
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David M.
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Stavros Mitchelides
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Leanna Owen
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Jeff Howe
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Jonathan L.
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hannah clark
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Sergey Rasskazov
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Scott Blunk
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Troels Smit
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Peter Zhu
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Chris Lingle
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Will Barentz
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Backpacking
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Slue Xu
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Kathleen Bakey
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Corey Starbird
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A G
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