Camp at Black Sands Beach on the Lost Coast

Black Sands Beach Trailhead, Whitethorn, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

Adult Beverages
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Serenity and solitude on one of the last few unspoiled and remote coastlines in The United States.

Black Sands Beach, and all of the Lost Coast, is almost indescribable in its ruggedness and beauty. Black Sands Beach, while part of the famous Lost Coast Trail, is also accessible by one of the two roads that go across the King Range to the ocean. From 101 in Garberville, head into Redway and then take the Shelter Cove Road. Follow the signs to Black Sands Beach.

The other route is to start at the Mattole Trailhead in Petrolia and hike the Lost Coast Trail.

Afterwards, head into the tiny town of Shelter Cove and grab a beer at Mario's.

Be careful to check the tide charts and take note of your campsite, as many sections of the Lost Coast are impassible at high tide. Also note the weather, as it can change abruptly and violently.

Pack List

Tent w/ rainflyWarm sleeping bagBottle of whiskey

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Watch out for the tide! Definitely one of my favorite places on the LCT, although hiking this southern section before Miller's Flat is honestly the worst section to hike (difficulty-wise!).

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

The Lost Coast is such a surreal sight - if you have a chance, do the whole beach trail. It changes scenery more often than you would expect and has several secluded campsites like this one. Black Sands beautiful.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

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The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. - John Muir

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