Start: 05/01/2015 End:05/05/2015
***APP REQUIRED–SEE LINK BELOW***
Meighmy and Alex are the cream. Noel Berry is the Berries.
We’re super excited about this— a five day stop-days trip to the epic Lost Coast, with a bonus stop at the lovely Santa Cruz Redwoods.
The Lost Coast is the most remote and undeveloped portion of the California coast. In the words of Wikipedia, “the steepness and related geo-technical challenges of the coastal mountains made this stretch of coastline too costly for state highway or county road builders to establish routes through the area.”
Its the only place where the builders of Highway 1 just said nah and went around.
The terrain is a stunning mixture of black sand beaches, creeks and rivers, cliffs and mountains, wildflowers, and the Pacific Ocean.
Backpacker.com says,”The Lost Coast might be the purest expression of solitude you can experience in the Lower 48, with sea breezes, mystical fogs, and cush campsites, to boot.”
Another review: “We donned our backpacks, hit the trail, and promptly lost ourselves in the vast beauty of the coast. It feels somehow primal; the convergence of sea and land on this solitary, rugged section of the Northern California coastline.”
This is a huge trip, a chance to see a really wild, really beautiful place.
We’ll be departing USC around 2pm on Friday, May 2nd. We’ll spend the first night at Alex G’s house at the base of the Santa Cruz mountains, then three solid days of backpacking and camping through the Lost Coast. Monday night we’ll drive back to Santa Cruz for another all-time night at Alex G’s place, then wake up Tuesday morning and see some redwoods, hit up a swimming hole, and dabble in some cliff jumping. Around noon we’ll head back to SC and be home around 8pm.
Since this trip is more rugged than most, we’re putting out an application. Previous backpacking experience is recommended. Follow the link for the app (super short, takes under 5 minutes): http://goo.gl/forms/HbhmfPchcQ
Please have apps in by noon on Wednesday (4/8). We’ll send out more information by Thursday.
Wild and out,
Alex G, Matt E, + Berries & Cream
Meet: Meet 2pm Friday May 1st at Tro Gro
Return: 8-10pm Tuesday May 5th
Pre-Trip Meeting: April 27th, VKC Arches, 7pm
- Sturdy hiking boots
- multiple pairs of hiking socks
- Rain jacket/ pants (depending on forecast)
- 2 warm layers
- 2-3L water
- backpacking backpack
- small, packable daypack (optional)
- mess kit– bowl, spoon/fork
- sleeping bag
- sleeping pad
- trekking poles (optional)
- $15 for road food
- camera (optional)
- selfie stick (mandatory)