Lost Coast Trek
Sacramento, CA5.0 (11 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
Lost Coast Permits are applied for on October 1st for the following year and we typically get results around the first of March. It’s beneficial to register before permits are issued and if you do, we recommend not making concrete travel arrangements until the permit is secured. 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.
$2085 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 5
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This trip is rated as a level 5 due to the challenging nature of the terrain which includes traversing slopes of wet sand as well as sections of wet rock and slippery tidal zones. The trip is completely based upon the tides which include 3 impassable zones during high tide. Hikers must be fit and prepared to hike at a quick pace over rough/wet terrain with a 35-45 lb pack. Anticipate early wake up times based on the tides.
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on very rugged terrain, including sandy slopes, slippery tidal zones and more
- Hiking at a fast pace when necessary to get through tidal zones before the high tide comes in
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 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