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Petrolia, California

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Top Backpacking Spots in and near Petrolia

  • Petrolia, California

    The Lost Coast: Mattole to Black Sands Beach

    25.05 mi / 653 ft gain
    This is an absolutely stunning 25 mile thru-hike on the northern part of California's coast. To accomplish this hike, you'll either need to bring 2 cars or use a shuttle service. It's recommended that you drop one car at the Shelter Cove Trailhead (40.0455053,-124.0778196) and either use one of t...
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  • Garberville, California

    King's Peak via Lightning Trailhead

    4.79 mi / 1942 ft gain
    King's Peak is the tallest peak in the King Range, the home of the famous and spectacular "Lost Coast". At an elevation of 4,000' and less than 3 miles from the ocean, King's Peak provides stunning views in all directions: of canyons, beaches, foggy valleys, and the many greenhouses that dot the ...
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  • Whitethorn, California

    King's Peak from Shelter Cove

    30.85 mi / 6204 ft gain
    After parking at Shelter Cove and securing a camping permit ($3 per night in the backcountry) follow the bear prints down the coastline for 5 miles, keeping in mind that the tide devours the beach every 12 hours. Parts of the beach become impassable at high tide. Camp overnight at Buck Creek, th...
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  • Whitethorn, California

    Jackass Creek via Lost Coast Trail

    23 mi / 8071 ft gain
    The Lost Coast is infamous. For its name alone draws visitors from around California and the world. A 26-mile stretch of coast, road less, with a wall like mountain range just yards from the ocean and beach. But with the Lost Coast being what it is, there is a lesser-known, yet equally stunning h...
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