Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, CA

Lost Coasts

"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 walking—it'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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