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Lost Coast Trail Mattole River to Black Sands Beach
This is a 28-mile one-way hike of the Lost Coast Trail for intermediate or experienced backpackers. The hike begins at the Mouth of the Mattole River (Petrolia) and ends at Black Sands beach (Whitethorn or Shelter Cove). Duration is 4 days/3 nights. I have a permit for the group entering at the Mattole River on Thursday October 4th reaching Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove on Sunday October 7th (always hiking south). The drive from the Bay Area to Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove takes about 5 hours. We’ll meet at Black Sands Beach Trailhead parking lot in Shelter Cove at 12-noon sharp and leave our vehicles there (GPS coordinate 40° 2.729'N, 124° 4.649'W). We will then take a shuttle to the Mouth of the Mattole River (a 3-hour drive). Please be on time to meet the shuttle. I will book and pre-pay for the shuttle service. Cost is $85 per hiker, paid in advance to me, non-refundable. Once you are on the RSVP "going" list, please contact me about making your payment or your RSVP will be changed to "waitlist.” The group size is 4 people. BYO food, equipment, etc. Bear vault required; expect to see bear tracks on the beach at some point. You can rent bear vaults from Lost Coast Adventure Tours (the shuttle company) if you do not already have one. Please pre-arrange the bear vault rental directly with them. Everyone should be prepared with a shovel or trowel for burying human waste on the beach intertidal zone. Due to fire restrictions in the King Range, no campfires are permitted at this time. Cooking is restricted to gas stoves only. This is a somewhat difficult hike with challenging terrain (think of hiking on sloped beaches of sand and rock). Timing the ocean waves is required in some places to cross the pinch points between the cliffs and the ocean (although I've done my best to pick a weekend where the tides are favorable). Do not turn your back on the ocean. No dogs ('cause they'll be happier at home!). I suggest packing light due to the unstable footing, and using trekking poles. There is typically a shallow creek to cross every 1 - 2 hours, so water is not an issue. A rain jacket is needed with the additional suggestion of packing a tent to get out of the elements at night. I've done this hike 3 times before. I’ll bring a positive atmosphere to the table and if Teamwork is not part of your hiking principles then that will all change after this hike... For more info, check the web page: I expect the daily mileage will be Thursday 5 miles to Sea Lion Gulch, Friday 13 miles to Big Flat, Saturday 8 miles to Horse Mountain Creek, Sunday 2 miles to Black Sands Beach. *** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and his or her guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizers from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities. Route link with camping locations and important points:

Black Sands Beach Trailhead

865 Beach Rd · Whitethorn, CA


What we're about

Ever suddenly realize that the weekend is almost upon you and you have a few free days, but can't find someone with an open schedule to accompany you on that killer hike you've been wanting to do for months? Or have you tried to organize a trip through another backpacking meetup and found that it's a mess of coordinating schedules? Here's the place to post your idea, no matter how short the notice.

We are a collection of backpackers from absolute beginner up to hard-core mountaineering folks all looking to share some new adventures with new friends. We will have regular events hosted by our organizers but we also welcome the community to post their own trips to see who else might be interested in joining.

A couple of things about being part of our group:

1. Safety! Know your abilities and your limits. If you find yourself over year skills, be vocal and let others know.

2. Respect nature! Practice good stewardship and leave it cleaner than you found it.

3. Respect Others! Be mindful of how your decisions can impact them, especially when it comes to safety!

4. Be patient! If you like to grind out the miles be patient if your group isn't quite up to your level.

5. Be generous! Some trips will be free, others will be paid, it is all dependent on what the organizer decides. Even if a trip is free, offer to help with gas for the car pool or bring a dessert to share on the trail.

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