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Patrick Speckman
(bushwood)

Locale: santa cruz mountains
Lost Coast Trail on 09/21/2012 16:21:13 MDT Print View

Planning on the Mattole to Black Sands section in early October.
Had a few questions for those that want to weigh in:

Gaiters - worth it? So far, the plan is a pair of inov-8 roclite 295. I've got an old pair of dirty girls, but they currently reside in a black hole in my closet.

Early October - anything special about that time of year that I'd be better off knowing now?

Parking at Black Sands - fairly safe? Vehicle would be there 4-5 days.

Sinkyone - time permitting, we'd like to explore the southern section for a day or two. I've heard Usal is a zoo, and we'd already be in the Shelter Cove area anyway. I was thinking a quick out-and-back from Needle Rock or Bear Harbor might be the ticket, but I just made that up, so any ideas for a day or two's exploring in Sinkyone would be cool.

Other than that, thanks for all the help. This is my first post, but I've already gleaned a ton of info from you all, so thanks - hope to give some back.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Lost Coast Trail on 09/21/2012 19:10:51 MDT Print View

Welcome to the forums.

Gaiters. If you have them handy then take them. If not, don't. I have not worn them on my majority of hikes out there. I wear the 330s and do just fine.

October is a great month in Humboldt though your chance of bad weather increases with every week as it goes along. Rains have been starting around Halloween

Never say never, but I have had no problems at Black Sands parking nor has anyone else I know first hand. Last time I left my vehicle unlocked(forgot)for three days. All was fine.

Sinkyone, sorry have not been.

Edited by kthompson on 09/21/2012 19:11:33 MDT.

James McBryan
(jamesprepatrip) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
I'm goin there soon on 09/24/2012 09:56:04 MDT Print View

I'm actually headed to the Lost Coast this weekend.

RE Gaiters: If you're hiking on the beach, I don't see why would need them. If you're hiking on land, they may be useful because of the amount of ticks and poision oak out over there. I am not sure how overgrown the mountainous trails are but I'll let you know next week.

RE Parking: You always park at your own risk. Shelter Cove is populated and isn't ritsy Beverly Hills or anything, so whatever you have might be desirable.

Good luck!
James

Patrick Speckman
(bushwood)

Locale: santa cruz mountains
Thanks on 09/25/2012 09:46:46 MDT Print View

Thanks for the input - much appreciated.
James - have a great trip, and yes, any info you want to pass along after your trip would be cool.
Thanks again.