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Unread 07-07-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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End of Summer Lost Coast Trail Run

End of Summer Lost Coast Trail Run

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The planning has begun! Let's get the crew together and hit the Redwoods, get away from it all for some scenic trail and awesome coastal views for an "End of Summer Lost Coast trail ride"!
We will need to pick a weekend in September that will work for most. This run will be a long haul for many, an overnighter for most.

The date has been picked: September 22,23.

The run will consist of two trail legs. We will start with a meetup in Willits at the Safeway parking lot where we will gather. We will then caravan thru Willits and take Sherwood rd. up the mountain and head to Fort Bragg. The first 7 miles of Sherwood rd is paved. the remaining 19 miles to Fort Bragg are not. Difficulty of this trail is "easy to moderate". Stock rigs ok. No pinstriping on this one guys!
Once in Fort Bragg we can take a break and grab some grub. Place to eat yet to be determined. Suggestions welcome.
From Fort Bragg, the second leg of the journey will take us up Coastal 101 past Rockport to find the entrance to Usal Rd. trail. Difficulty of Usal Rd will be similar to Sherwood Rd, easy to moderate. This leg of the trail is a good 3-4 hrs to get to Shelter Cove. There is a beach part way into the run (Usal Beach) that offers camping.


The rest of the trail after Usal beach is a little more remote, but still ok for stock rigs.



Once we reach Shelter Cove, you have the opportunity to spend the night via camping or staying at one of several Inns. There is a paved road leading out of Shelter Cove to Garberville and Hwy 101 for those that want to head home from there. I'll post links to more info on this as we move forward. For those that do spend the night, there may be an opportunity for a 3rd leg of the journey. We could take Kings Peak rd which will lead all the way to Ferndale. This trail is easy as well.
More info to come as I collect links and pics. Scouting opportunities will be limited due to the distance of the trails, but I'll try to gather as much intel as I can.

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Unread 07-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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Sept. 8th-9th would work best for me.
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Once we're almost to Shelter Cove, there is a possible side trek to Needle Rock if time permits. We'll play that one by ear.



Sunset at "The Tides Inn" in Shelter Cove.
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A few links to check out.

http://www.sheltercove-lostcoast.com/sc/

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail...lid=HGS240-016

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g4...ia-Hotels.html

http://www.onroute.com/destinations/...lostcoast.html

http://www.sheltercove-lostcoast.com...maps/index.htm
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A few more pics of Usal rd area.




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A few more links to check out.

http://www.sheltercovetidesinn.com/

http://innofthelostcoast.com/

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=429

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcat...ilderness.html
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More helpful links.

http://www.sheltercoveca.info/

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcat...ampground.html

Wailaki Campground and Nadelos Campground are 3 miles south of Shelter Cove on Chemise Mt. Rd which is the road we will be coming into Shelter Cove on. Camping fees are $8 per night. Shelter Cove RV and Campground also offers tent camping for $36 a night.
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This looks like a great trip. I won't chime in on dates as i don't really know if I could make it due to having a 6 month old. Hopefully I could make it out cause this looks awesome.
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where is this at??? how far from LA?
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where is this at??? how far from LA?
I would say 10hrs north of LA.
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holy ****. that sucks, looks like a cool place
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Might try Captain Flint's down in the harbor for lunch. Great clam chowder, decent fish & chips, nice view (it's where the Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn movie "Overboard" was filmed)

There's also a pizza place downtown that makes one of the best damn pizza's I've ever had, but it was years ago. Can't remember the name. Any locals wanna chime in?

Sounds like a great trip. Bummer, I'll be heading down to Dusy-Ershim about that time.
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Hey Jimbob LOL. I just stumbled on to this. Of course count me in!! I am pretty open to the dates. I just would like a confirmed date as soon as practical so I can schedule some vacation time for prep etc.
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Might try Captain Flint's down in the harbor for lunch. Great clam chowder, decent fish & chips, nice view (it's where the Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn movie "Overboard" was filmed)

There's also a pizza place downtown that makes one of the best damn pizza's I've ever had, but it was years ago. Can't remember the name. Any locals wanna chime in?

Sounds like a great trip. Bummer, I'll be heading down to Dusy-Ershim about that time.
"Herons by the Sea" just a little further down the street has some kickass fish tacos and awesome outside seating with a view of the bridge and Noyo Harbor. I wasn't all that impressed with Capt'n Flints when we went there, but it is an option. That pizza joint you speak of is Piaci's. By far, the best dang adult pizza around, and one of the best selections of local microbrews around.
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Hey Jimbob LOL. I just stumbled on to this. Of course count me in!! I am pretty open to the dates. I just would like a confirmed date as soon as practical so I can schedule some vacation time for prep etc.
Yep, posted this one a little early. Haven't taken the time to PM the crew yet, but it looks like Sept 8-9 is looking favorable. I will give till the 1st of August to let folks chime in on what date works for September and pick based on majority. Glad you'll be able to check out some awesome redwoods and coast line!
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