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.

Length9.1 miElevation gain305 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingBeachViewsWildflowers
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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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Mike Brock
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Unbelievable and amazing two day hike. Lots of sand hiking can be tougher than normal so be prepared if you’ve never hiked on sand before. It will cut your speed in half. Highly recommend if you can get a entry permit.

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Pat Patterson
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Rebecca Mark
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Epic hike! We embarked from Shelter Cove and made this an out and back day hike. Watch the tides closely! This hike is impassable if you’re more than 2-3’ from low tide. We had to wait until mid afternoon to ensure we’d have 4 hours where the tide would be largely going out. The sand is brutal and this is a totally exposed trail. We were caught in a downpour midway through and had to slog through pounding rain, sneaker waves, and heavy wet sand. The creek crossings are also tough— water sandals would be ideal but waterproof hiking boots would do. Our shoes are still wet 3 days after doing this hike...

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Omeed M
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Good views but be aware that this is a sandy hike. Hard to walk.

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Andrew Smith
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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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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.

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Brooke Stanley
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Patrick McCune
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Everything about this hike is good.

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Sergey Rasskazov
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Hiking

This trail is awesome but we couldn’t finished it. There is a creek where you have to drop off a boots and there is a place of beach where waives drop off about the stone

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Ana Enriquez
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Amazing black sand beach. Sublime.

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

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Anthony Nielsen
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Gideon Nieves
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Jerry Martin
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Yuanjia Zhu
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Philippe Bierny
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Ben Paul
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Sydney Braun-McLeod
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AllTrails User
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Richard Poirier
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Wayne Huang
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Dan Wood
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Frank Ravizza
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Trevor Cheitlin
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Boyana Petrova
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Terry Yeh
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H Otto
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Will Walker
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David Seibel
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Christine Koth
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