About 230 miles north of San Francisco, the Lost Coast is now largely undeveloped. After the California gold rush, the Redwood forests were clear-cut to fuel the San Francisco building boom. By the late 1800s the Redwoods were gone, The rugged mountains of the King Range made road building difficult, and there are still no major highways into the area. You’ll find about 80 miles of wilderness shoreline protected in the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park and the King Range National Conservation Area. The trail hugs the beach with plenty of wildlife and spectacular views.
But wait! Before we continue, we absolutely must know . . . what is this dead thing we found on the beach?