Ok, so the backpacking trip to the Lost Coast is coming up in a few weeks! I can’t believe it’s already here. I am WAY behind on training – need to get on it so I am not the slowest person in the bunch…though I generally do like to hike in the back of the pack so I can stop and take photos without irritating people. We’ll be out there for 3 nights/4 days – SOOO excited. It’s been on the list for YEARS – finally carved out time to do it.
I keep getting questions about this hike, where it is, what it’s like. The Wonderland Guides Group describes this area better then I ever could:
“The Lost Coast is a stretch of California coastline so rugged that roads have not conquered it. The remoteness is a rare respite from the rest of the state. There are no mansions tucked along hillsides or congested lines of traffic winding along the cliffs. Here crumbling gashes of the King Range tower from the sea, blocking the way of everyone not on foot.
Between the cliffs and the sea, the Lost Coast Trail passes along the narrow band of tortured beach. It is the domain of the hiker, a desolate and severe landscape draped by a pristine ecosystem. The path leads from hidden beaches to expansive vistas at dizzying heights above the surf. Apart from sea lions and the occasional troop of Scouts, hikers discover pure solitude. The Lost Coast Trail is one of the finest beach backpacking trips found in the United States, and it has steadily grown in fame and popularity over the years.”
A map of the area looks something like the image below. You can see the 101 completely bypasses the area. I will pick up my ride in Sacramento – in fact, I am going with REI Adventures – my go to trip organizer for things like this. We are spending the first night in the Humboldt Redwood park and then hitting the trail on day 2.
I may be out of shape but I think I am ready with the gear! Key items I am bringing with: (I wish I could bring the pup – little lover)
- Waterproof down Sleeping bag by Sierra Designs
- Super lightweight sleeping pad by Klymit
- Small blow up pillow by Sea to Summit
- Lightweight down jacket by Patagonia
- Light weight waterproof rain jacket by Patagonia
- Wool base layers by Icebreaker
- Wool socks by Smart Wool
- Wool hat/fleece mittens
So much more is going in the bag, but the stuff above will keep me warm, dry and comfortable should the weather take a turn for the worst.
Alright, alright, time to get crackin’ on the training now that this is all taken care of!