The Lost Coast

Written on August 18th.

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From Ferndale, we took the twisting Mattole road out to Cape Mendocino, otherwise known as the Lost Coast.

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The name, The Lost Coast, comes from the abandoned plans to route highway 101 through the cape. Only a handful of people live here, and very few tourists seem to brave the narrow, often unkempt road.

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By taking this scenic alternate we added over 7,000 feet of vertical climbing to our southbound route and about 50 miles as well. But we also gained spectacular views, and one last experience nature’s calm wildness before returning to the bustling 101 highway.

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We spread the excursion over two days so that we could stagger the mountainous terrain and save our legs.

We descended from Panther Gap, a snake-like mountain road in the King Range, and into the Rockefeller redwood forest.

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The famous “Avenue of Giants” was next as we turned south again.

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We spent the night under the stars at the feet of an old growth redwood.

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