Lost Coast Trail: Southern Loop

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Lost Coast Trail: Southern Loop is a 17.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Whitethorn, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
17.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

camping

hiking

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

over grown

no dogs

1 month ago

Beautiful beach with black sand but not for day hikers! Day hikers starting in Shelter Cove will be buffeted and sand blasted by winds from the north. Trail is mostly walking on the beach. Slow going and not much fun. Very cold creeks to cross every mile. Must take off shoes and wade across. No bridges. So many other beautiful beaches that are much more friendly to day hikers. Skip this one!