Lost Coast Trek
Sacramento, CA5.0 (5 reviews)
- Rugged California Coastline
- Dense Old Growth Forests
- Stunning Beach Camping
- Remote Black Sand Beaches
- Ocean Wildlife
- Wonderful Solitude
- Point to Point Thru-Hike
The Lost Coast is a stretch of California coastline so rugged State Highway 101 was forced to go around. The remoteness is a rare respite from the rest of the state’s border with the Pacific Ocean. There are no mansions tucked along hillsides or congested lines of traffic winding along the cliffs. Here, the weathered cliffs of the King Range tower above the sea, blocking the way of everyone who’s not on foot.
Between the cliffs and the sea, the Lost Coast Trail passes along a narrow band of pristine black sand beaches. It is the domain of the hiker, a wild and severe landscape swathed in dense forest with pristine creeks, waterfalls, and stunning sunsets. Our path leads us to expansive vistas above the surf and to remote, majestic campsites. Apart from sea lions and a few other adventurous hikers, it is pure solitude. The Lost Coast trail is one of the finest beach backpacking trips in the world – don’t miss this one of a kind tour!
Need to Know: Lost Coast Permits & Tides
It’s extremely beneficial to register before September 30th for trips the following year! Lost Coast permits become available on October 1st, and we are required to have registered guests to request dates. We have an excellent success rate with securing our dates; however, if for some reason we’re unsuccessful your deposit is fully transferrable or refundable.
Dates must be carefully selected based on tides. In the Dates & Booking section of this page you will find dates that work with the tides. If you’re interested in other dates, please contact us as we will have to ensure they are feasible. If not, we will work with you to find feasible dates in your timeframe.
Feel free to call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions about the Lost Coast permit process.
$1315 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 5
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 30-40 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 4-9 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 500 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 500 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- Unmaintained, mostly off trail
- This trip is a Level 5 difficulty due to the nature of the hiking, which is on sand beaches, low tide areas, and up and over coastal bluffs and mountains. There are days that we must hike at a good pace through rugged areas during low tide, and not getting through in time can be dangerous.
- be very active, healthy people
- exercise vigorously several times per week
- be comfortable hiking, biking, or running for hours at a time without taking breaks
SOLITUDE LEVEL 4
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this California hike a solitude 4. You can expect to see zero to a couple of other groups per day in the backcountry.
TRAVEL TO SACRAMENTO
Sacramento International Airport is one of the most easily accessed destinations in the country. Many major cities in the United States and internationally offer direct flights into Sacramento. We recommend staying in a hotel near the airport.
Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!
Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 1.75
- 4 People: Rate x 1.25
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person