Top Adventures in Whitethorn

  • Hike the Chinquapin Loop on The Lost Coast

    I did this hike the day before setting out on a backpacking trip along the northern section of The Lost Coast Trail and it was a fantastic warm up hike. The Chinquapin Loop is a loop off of The Lost Coast Trail along Chemise Mountain, near the sta...

    6 miles 600 ft gain

  • Backpack to Jackass Creek, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

    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 i...

    13.8 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Camp at Black Sands Beach on the Lost Coast

    Black Sands Beach and all of the Lost Coast is almost indescribable in its ruggedness and beauty. Black Sands Beach sits along the southern portion of of the famous Lost Coast Trail, and is accessible by one of the two roads that go across the Kin...

    0.5 miles

  • Backpack to King's Peak from Shelter Cove

    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 impassab...

    25 miles 5800 ft gain

  • Hike King's Peak

    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, fog...

    2.5 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Explore the Avenue of the Giants

    The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic 31 mile long highway that is surrounded by 51,222 acres of giant redwood trees in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This road offers amazing views of the redwoods. The Avenue of the Giants runs through many sma...

  • Camp at Usal Beach on the Lost Coast

    Getting to Usal beach can be a little tricky, but it is well worth the effort. Usal Road (Mendocino Country Rd 431) is found 13 miles north of Westport or 14.5 miles southwest of Legget on Highway 1. The turn off is extremely easy to miss so it is...

  • Swim at Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

    Driving along Redwood Highway you will see a parking area at the South Eel River Fork. Park here and then walk the very short distance to the section of river that is calm, cool, and inviting you to jump in. Pack a picnic and a beach umbrella and ...

  • Hike the Tabor Nature Trail

    Signs at the trail head for the Tabor Trail state it is 1.1 miles long. That is much shorter than the actual 1.8 miles my GPS put it at. The trail sign also claims it is wheelchair accessible. I can see that for a little ways but as the trail begi...

  • Hike the Mahan Plaque Trail

    The Mahan Plaque Trail is an amazing hike featuring giant redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants. The trail is open for use year-round. If you look closely, you may be able to spot the albino redwood.  In 1924, Laura Mahan (president of the local...

    1 miles 95 ft gain

  • Hike Grasshopper Mountain

    This is an incredible, yet difficult, hike that rewards you with unmatched views. In the spring, wildflowers are abundant. Watch for wildlife too! You begin the hike by crossing the Eel River. The bridge is blown down, so you will have to swim or ...

    14.5 miles 3750 ft gain

  • Hike the Humboldt Redwoods River Trail

    You probably won't find as many people along this trail (which I like!) as it's unmarked and sits just south of Rockefeller Loop which draws a good number of visitors, primarily because it has the tallest trees (also definitely worth a visit!). Th...

    3.4 miles 450 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

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      Campsite 2 B

      The Lower Pond is a special quiet spot, with a mix of forest & meadows surrounding it. Many campsites are possible. Great place to hang a hammock. Gorgeous hiking and horseback riding all ar...

      From $50/night

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      Fir Cove Campground

      Overview Fir Cove Campground is located on beautiful Ruth Lake, a 13,800-acre jewel situated in the thickly forested mountains of northern California. A variety of recreational opportunities aboun...

    • Lower Mad River Road

      Mad River Campground

      Overview Mad River Campground is located on banks of its namesake river, about two miles south of Ruth Lake in the thickly forested mountains of northern California.Recreation Fishing is a popular ...

    • Covelo, California

      Grist Creek Ranch

      If you seek natural beauty and solitude, look no further! Grist Creek Ranch campsite is located on a 475 acre ranch on a hill in one of California's best kept secrets, the beautiful, unspoiled and ...

      From $120/night

    • Summer Home Road

      Forest Glen Guard Station

      Overview This historic guard station offers a unique stay in the oldest Forest Service building on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This charming two-story structure was built in 1916 under the ...

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