Post by Leor Pantilat on Jul 14, 2014 18:17:46 GMT -5
Rickey Gates and I did the Complete Lost Coast (57 miles; King Range Beach and Sinkyone Wildernesss) from the Mattole River to Usal Beach in 13h47m on June 15, 2014. I took 600 photos and Rickey carried a DSLR the entire way so the time can certainly be improved if soaking in the scenery is not a priority. Trip report: pantilat.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/complete-lost-coast-2/
Post by toddfalker on Jul 17, 2014 19:02:17 GMT -5
I ran the South Section of the Lost Coast last October in 5:11:39, from Usal Campground to Needle Rock. I had some trouble following the trail in the first couple miles but then ran more cautiously and was fine. My watch registered 18.05 mi with 5,791 ft of gain in 4:14:23 of moving time. Briceland Rd was closed so Needle Rock was the best stopping point. If you can convince someone to do the drop/drive for you, this is an excellent section of path to explore. I hesitate to call it a trail due to the primitive nature.
Thanks guys, My plans changed (got a new job) but maybe I'll try something speedy in the fall or next year. I always thought the accepted "Lost trail" distance was 24 miles or so Mattole to Shelter Cove.
Post by Leor Pantilat on Jul 31, 2014 14:15:14 GMT -5
That's incorrect. All maps refer to the trail between Hidden Valley and Needle Rock as the Lost Coast Trail and the trail between Bear Harbor and Usal Beach as the Lost Coast Trail. Put it all together and the Complete Lost Coast is Mattole River to Usal Beach (57 miles). The northern section "beach walk" from Mattole to Shelter Cove (~25 miles) took us a little over 5 hours. It's less than half the total distance and substantially less than half the time and effort to complete the route. Next time I will likely try going South to North.
Post by mikewoodbooks on Dec 17, 2017 15:39:29 GMT -5
Just wanted to add that I ran the northern section loop (Lost Coast TH of Black Sands TH and back) unsupported on 10/13/17 in 15 hours and 51 minutes. Total mileage (primarily from Strava) was 52.2 miles. Age 58. Motivations: I had planned to just run one way and knew that setting up a shuttle would just be a real pain in the butt. It then occurred to me that to do and out and back would only be around 50 miles (mileage varies depending on how far back you need to go to avoid high tide sections) and that it could easily be done in one day. I figured no one had probably ever done the northern section as a loop (out and back) before. I do want to mention that this area is very remote and running on beach rocks has a lot of inherent risk. You should have a lot of experience on long solos, technical terrain, rescue/back up procedures, etc. The STRAVA app photo shows the final portion until my phone died at mile 48. The straight line after that is from when the phone powered back up from the car charger many miles away and jumped directly to that point. I have a four page detailed description of this run. I am a new user to this forum and don't know if I should add that.
Nice effort Mike! A friend Dan Dermody and I went back and did the south section from Usal to the beach, but then I got engaged on the beach and the run stopped. I suspect the northern sand section is a completely different challenge, hard in it's own way.