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Lost Coast Trail: Bear Harbor to Mistake Point

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Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Lost Coast Trail: Bear Harbor to Mistake Point is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitethorn, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, sea kayaking, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,054 feet Route Type: Point to Point



paddle sports




no dogs

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11 months ago

Loved every minute of it.

Sun Feb 18 2018

It can be a long hard hike or a nice stroll. Depending on how far you wanna go. There is so much to see between needle rock and flat rock!

Tue Jul 26 2016

The trail from Needle Point/Bear Harbor to Usal is tough, but not impossible. My recommendation is hiking from Needle Point to Wheeler or Little Jackass because those are the best camps. Little Jackass has both redwood and beach camps with tons of fresh water. If you hike to Anderson Camp, follow the creek to the ocean for the most incredible private beach. The trail between Anderson and Usal is extremely difficult and steep, not for the faint of heart.

Sun Aug 30 2015