The Lost Coast
Trip Start Aug 04, 2008
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Then I headed south on 101 past Eureka. I took a right on a small road recommended by a guide I had, and that led to a ride that took me the rest of the day. The road was about the width of a big driveway and very rough, with lots of potholes. It was incredibly tight and winding, but it would through beautiful seaside hills and ranches - and no traffic
At one point I saw a gravel road heading toward the beach, so I took it. After about 2 miles it ended up in a campground at the beach, with a placard that said that this was the trailhead for the Lost Coast, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline in the US. Here you could actually backpack along the coast and the Kings Range of low coastal mountains for days without seeing a house and only a few trailheads.
On the loop back, the road I was on dropped me right into another redwood forest, which I rode through in wonderment. Then onward to the south, to another cheap motel. I would have camped, but it was late and the weather was still iffy.