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IF you like hikes..

If you like hikes, this is definitely one to do. Lots of beautiful opportunities to take photos... read more

Reviewed December 22, 2018
Worth the effort - anyone saying different is daft.

The drive certainly is difficult and long, the hiking arduous and not for the faint of heart. The... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2018

If you like hikes, this is definitely one to do. Lots of beautiful opportunities to take photos with your family and you will enjoy it!!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2018

no wonder its lost, what a nightmare drive of winding roads and trees that seemed never ending! We got lost, its was ardious and added two hours to our journey. only attempt if you have a 4x4 vehicle and a lot time.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank MissBugg
Reviewed August 16, 2018

The drive certainly is difficult and long, the hiking arduous and not for the faint of heart. The scenery, the wildlife, the surf, the creeks, the camping, the night sky, the company, the whole experience, is one I will look back on as one of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank ScottM3845
Reviewed June 30, 2018

we started at the trailhead in Needle Rock. The road down there can be a slow and bumpy ride but if the roads not terrible most cars can make it down. We didn’t camp but enjoyed a great day hike. Some parts are a little...More

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank cbiscuit07
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

If you have nothing to do, than go! The Avenue of the Redwoods was well worth the drive and absolutely beautiful, but the List Coast was long, winding, with little rewards. Took us five hours leaving from Eureka.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank mashby52
Reviewed May 5, 2018

I would suggest doing this during the day because it seemed a little scary when it was getting dark. Absolutely breath taking though and you will enjoy it.

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank marytingsley
Reviewed November 2, 2017

This was quite the adventure....trail took you right Down to the Lost Coast....road was a little rough in areas, but Had no problems! Prepare for at least three hours of driving..well worth it, if you have the time!

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Bugt2424
Reviewed September 18, 2017

Based on a website recommendation we took Mattole Road from Ferndale to the Avenue of the Giants. This is definitely the scenic route. It is a long drive to do the whole drive; I would probably recommend starting from the Avenue of the Giants or...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Holeman_157
Reviewed September 1, 2017

For those who like outside adventure and are prepared for being off the grid this is a unique and must do experience. We explored this area from Petrolia where we stayed for two nights. I regret we didn't have more time since we only scratched...More

Date of experience: August 2017
4  Thank rgeastin
Reviewed August 20, 2017

For the intermediate backpacker - don't forget to put sunscreen on, have your tide-tables ready and with a big recommendation for two walking sticks (left and right hand). Plenty of places to fill your water bottle, which must be filtered. A once is life-time backpack...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Deepali G
August 11, 2016|
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Response from astraAustin_TX | Reviewed this property |
You might try calling Inn of the Lost Coast for info. We drove the lost coast on Mattole Rd between Petrolia and Ferndale. It was amazing and spectacular, but I wouldn't have been in the car with anyone but my husband... More
Ginger B
March 30, 2015|
Response from VonHumboldt |
It's too late for your trip, I'm sure, but in case anyone else has the same question ... There's a fairly large parking lot with free parking at the trailhead in Shelter Cove. It's a better option than Hidden Valley, which... More