Lost Coast Backpacking Trek 2018

A unique guided expedition on the legendary Lost Coast

Lost Coast Backpacking Trek

The Lost Coast Backpacking Trek 2018

*Trip Leader approval needed to register.


June 7-15, 2018

9 days; 8 nights

$525 Adult

California’s remote Lost Coast in southern Humboldt and northern Mendocino Counties is said to be the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the continental U.S. The CCT is at its rugged best here, featuring quiet seclusion, grand vistas, and peaceful surroundings.

Max Capacity: 12 



Remote beaches, grand vistas, wildlife encounters, serenity, the spirit of adventure and a sense of accomplishment; Coastwalk has been running this trip for over 25 years!

Fitness Requirements

You must be an experienced and well-conditioned backpacker. Hike leaders will contact you to help you decide if you are ready for this adventure, and are capable of completing it without undue difficulty. Please click here to see, complete, and submit the fitness questionnaire. You must be approved by a hike leader prior to registration and payment.

Trip Includes:

Expert itinerary developed around tide conditions; guided hiking; camping, parking & permit fees; two dinners: coffee, tea, hot chocolate; transportation from parking area to starting point and back to your car.

Make Sure to Bring:

After registration, you will be provided with a detailed letter regarding meeting location, hiking itinerary, what to pack, food suggestions, where to get things, etc.

Typical Daily Hiking:

Usually about 5 hours of hiking each day, averaging 6 to 7 miles per day (shortest 4, longest 8). Though moderate distances, trails are difficult, and you are carrying a full pack every day over sometimes challenging terrain. 52 miles total over 8 days of hiking with a full pack.

Types of Hiking Surfaces

Sandy and rocky beaches, grassy flats, rock hopping, ridge trails and switchbacks, strenuous uphill & downhill stretches, some scrambling over downed trees and crumbled trails.

Elevation Gains & Losses

Significant daily gains and losses, especially on second half; up to 2,000 feet per day.

The Lost Coast Backpack

Sample Itinerary
Subject to change (some hikes and campsites use special permits. This itinerary is not a recommendation for personal use)

Day 1:
Meet in Ukiah, bus to Mattole River Campground for dinner & camp

Day 2:
Hike to Cooskie Creek, 6 miles, moderate sand hiking and rock-hopping, with one steep but short climb

Day 3:
Hike to Hadley Creek, 6.5 miles, grassy flat and moderate sand hiking

Day 4:
Hike to Gitchell Creek, 7.5 miles, grassy flats and moderate sand hiking with some rugged cobbled beaches

Day 5:
Hike to Black Sands Beach Trailhead in Shelter Cove, about 4.5 miles on soft sand. Dispose of your accumulated trash from the first four days, pick up your bag of food and supplies for the second half of the trip, and even take a shower ($$).  Lunch at cafe at your own expense, then car shuttle to Nadelos Campground for dinner & camp.

Day 6:
Hike over Chemise Mountain to Jones Beach, 7.5 miles, a moderate uphill and a long difficult downhill

Day 7:
Hike to Wheeler Townsite, 8 miles, moderate road, strenuous ridge trail

Day 8:
Hike to Little Jackass Creek, 4.5 miles, moderate to difficult trail over two ridges.  We may have an opportunity to help a volunteer trail crew perform trail maintenance on this day, since we have only a short hike.

Day 9:
Hike to Usal Creek Campground, 7.5 miles, moderate to difficult switchbacks over three high ridges
bus back to parked cars in Ukiah

Stan BluhmStan Bluhm

Stan has been a Coastwalk volunteer for over 15 years, and has led perhaps 20 Coastwalk hiking and backpacking trips over those years. 2016 will be his 12th consecutive year of organizing and leading the Lost Coast Backpack. With his wife Sharon and others, he has previously led the LA County-Catalina trip and the Marin Coastwalk several times each. Co-leaders will be Karen Orso and Les Gould, both veteran trip leaders who have done this trip numerous times. Karen is a knowledgeable naturalist, a former ski instructor, and an experienced backpacker. Les is a retired Nevada State Park ranger and a skilled outdoorsman.