In the King Range National Conservation Area, the Lost Coast Trail winds its way down the Northern California coastline and fills hikers with utter amazement. This pawtastic trail stretches from Mattole Beach to Black Sands Beach near Shelter Cove. Your furry BFF will be in awe at the wild scenery this trail has to offer. But, the beauty does have a price; the trail has a range of obstacles that will push you and your pup to the limits.
Due to the range of hazards, the Lost Coast Trail is an adventure for only the most experienced backpackers and hikers. Portions of the trail cut through intertidal zones, and you will be in real danger if caught in high tide. Black bears, poison oak, ticks, rocky terrain, and rattlesnakes also pose a risk to your four legged friend. If your pup hikes the trail with you, be sure to bring canine boots to protect the pads of their paws and make sure they are in the best of health.
Overnight hikers are required to register for a free permit at either one of the major trailheads or at a BLM office. Bear canisters are required. Not properly storing food items (including dog food) invites bears into your camp. Hikers need to arrange for a pick up and drop off or use one of the local shuttle services.
If you and your doggo do decide to venture down this trail, you will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery and an unparalleled experience. The trail takes you along a part of the coast that is so rugged, there aren’t even roads. Sandwiched between cliffs and the sea, you will cross over black sand beaches, fields of smooth pebbles, large rocks, and flat ground. Watch for lighthouses, sea life, wildlife, birds, and patches of fog. It’s safe to say your doggo will remember this adventure fur-ever!