The Lost Coast
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- The Lost CoastMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to Review
The Lost Coast (mainly along Mattole Road) is a mostly undeveloped section of the California North Coast in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, which includes the King Range. It was named the "Lost Coast" after the area experienced depopulation in the 1930s. In addition, the steepness and related geo-technical challenges of the coastal mountains made this stretch of coastline too costly for state highway or county road builders to establish routes through the area, leaving it the most undeveloped portion of the California coast.
The region roughly spans from Rockport to Ferndale. At the south end, State Route 1, which runs very close along the coast for most of its length, instead turns inland at Rockport before merging with U.S. Route 101 at Leggett. At the north end, State Route 211 begins its journey at Ferndale, heading towards Highway 101 in Fernbridge. Section 511 of the California Streets and Highways Code still says that "Route 211 is from Route 1 near Rockport to Route 101 near Fernbridge", but it is very unlikely that the portion south of Ferndale will ever get built.
Gayle and I once took Mattole Road south from Ferndale, through the Lost Coast and Petrolia, and finally out. Make sure that you have plenty of gasoline in the car, good tires, and a a full compliment of power steering and other fluids. The scenery is stunning, the road is narrow, the curves are often sharp, the elevation changes frequently, and except for a few ranches, there's no civilization on any side of Petrolia. This is one of the best scenic drives ever. Getting "Lost" never felt so good.
- The Lost Coast
An ultimate off track hiking trail. We started of hiking at midnight on the beach, so We could pass impassable spots during the low tide time the next day. The hiking involves strategic planning because of the tide table. The scenic on the trail is breathtaking, secluded and peaceful. It gets lonely but in a very romantic way.