"Lost Coast" is no misnomer. This is a hiking trip in which the only invitees are you, the bears and elk, and the cliffs hanging 1,200 feet over the beach. The majority of the 22-mile Lost Coast Trail sits within Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, which starts at Usal Beach (200 miles north of San Francisco) on the southern end. Take a tide chart and catch the shuttle (lostcoasttrail.com) to Needle Rock Visitor Center, at the north end. Then start walkingit's 17 miles back to Usal, and the trek is best done in two days. Crash at the cliff-framed Little Jackass Creek campsite ($15; parks.ca.gov).
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