NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California


The Lost Coast

Fort Bragg to Eureka- But Not the Easy Way

The Lost Coast

The Beach at Mattole Point


For our purposes the Lost Coast refers to the California coastline ranging from about Eureka (to the north) south to the area where Highway 1 leaves the coast and heads inland just north of the village of Rockport. The area is not accessible by major roads, is sparsely populated, pristine and quite beautiful. If shopping and amenities are high on your priority list take a pass on this area. Wilder Ridge Road is one of the prettier drives to be found in northern California. This road trip is much more about the journey than the destination.

Being innovative people with little sense of direction and a little indecisive, we offer two different versions of a Lost Coast road trip. Both start at the village of Weott, the main entrance to Humboldt Redwoods State Park on Hwy. 101. At the hamlet of Honeydew, version 1 heads south and version 2 north. We vote for south, but we only get one vote. Each member of your party gets a vote; in the case of a tie go south.

Off-road enthusiasts can enjoy the rugged terrain from Usal Beach north, as well as the road into the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.

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