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Lost Coast Backpacking

800am Wednesday - 1000pm Monday
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, June 14th at 500pmLet's get lost in the wonders of the oceans and tides Trip Category: Backpacking Trips, Sb Trips
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The Lost Coast is an untamed stretch of coastal land in Northern California filled with steep cliffs, beautiful mountain ranges, and flat beaches. We will take a 25-mile adventure through the untamed stretch of coastal land on the infamous Lost Coast Trail. We will explore the coastal landscape backpacking on sands of the beach and the grasslands of the steep cliffs. Along with the beautiful landscape, there is admirable wildlife of Sea lions, mountain lions, deer, Roosevelt elk and more. We will begin our hike at Mattole Beach Trailhead and end our journey in the Black Sands Beach in the small town of Shelter Cove. You are guaranteed an adventure you will never forget and views you will always admire.


Day 1: We will meet at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at 8:00 am where we will prepare for our 6-day adventure. We will spend a few moments checking our equipment and packing up the van. Shortly after we will begin our drive to Humboldt county stopping along the way for meals, gas, and short restroom breaks; we will have a long drive that day! The stops will be provided but the cost for meals are on you. Once the sun has set and we have arrived at Richardson Grove Campground we will set up camp under the stars at Richardson Grove.

Day 2:  Early rise today for a nice and filling breakfast and finalizing all we need for our trip down the Lost Coast Trail. It will take us roughly 2 and a half hours to drive to Mattole Trailhead from Richardson Grove. We will begin our 6-mile hike to our campground at the Sea Lion Gulch, we will see the wild ocean, sandy beaches, beautiful lighthouse, and possibly some Sea lions on our way. On our hike we will take a stop at the Punta Gorda Lighthouse; make lunch and take in the scenery; the gorgeous meadow and the wild ocean. After our 6-miles we will rest for a bit set up camp and enjoy our dinner.


Day 3: Rise and Shine for our second day on the trail, we will fill up with yummy breakfast and begin our hike to our second campground. This will be our first hike on the other side of the cliff, passing through the impassible zones at low tides where we will see the wild ocean and the beach floor at low tides. After the impassible zones; we will relax make lunch and take a moment to reflect on the trail traveled. We will hike a minimum of 5 miles to our second campground at Spanish Flat, here we will set up camp, eat dinner and enjoy the beautiful stars. 

Day 4: On our third day on the trail we will rise early and begin our hike after a hearty breakfast. This will be our longest day hiking a maximum of 9 miles! This trail is beautiful you will see the remote landscape with a few gorgeous private homes along the way. The scenery changes from beach to hills, to trees, to ocean and more. Keep an eye out, you may spot some wildlife, if it isn’t a sea lion on the beach then it is black-tailed deer or Roosevelt Elk. Along the trail, we will enjoy a break, eat some lunch and appreciate some snacks. After our 9 miles of hiking we will have some pasta, take our shoes off and call it a day.

Day 5: Let’s wrap it up, the views, the admiration, the landscape; on our last day on the coast we will take an easy stroll on the beach. After breakfast, we’ll pack up camp and take a short 5-mile hike to Black Sands Beach. Once at Black Sands Beach, we will have lunch in Shelter Cove before departing back to Richardson Grove. We will drive an hour to Richardson Grove where we will admire the larger than life Redwoods and set up camp. We’ll have dinner here and call it a night for an early rise the next day.

Day 6: Now it’s time to travel to CSUSB, the drive will be 12 hours with no traffic or stops. Of course, we will need to stop for meals and gas taking breaks along the way so to ensure we arrive on Campus by 10 pm we will rise and shine at 6 am, have breakfast and be on our way by 7 am.

*The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and unforeseen occurrences*

How to Register

San Bernardino Campus

Registration for trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Student Recreation and Wellness Center membership desk during regular operating hours. Full payment (cash, check, Visa or MasterCard) is due at time of reservation. For more information give us a call at 537-CAMP. Some programs do not require registration, are open to nonmembers and youth. See program description for details.

Palm Desert Campus

Registration for trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Administrative Offices (RG203) during regular operating hours. Call 909-537-2348 for the campus phone outside RG203 to check availability and to complete registration information. After completing registration you will make full payment by cash, check or debit card (no credit cards) to the Administrative Office. Some programs do not require registration, are open to nonmembers and youth. See program description for details.

Sign Up Deadline: Wednesday, June 14th at 500pm
Open to Ages: 18+ or CSUSB Student || Activity Level: Level 4 - Vigorous, up to 5-8 hours of activity per day
Student and SRWC Member: $150 | Faculty, Staff and Alumni: $180 | Affiliate: $195 | Community Member: $300