Lost Coast Trail: Shelter Cove

The 9.2-mile trek heads along one of California's last pristine beaches to the swimming grounds of harbor seals and the once-endangered California gray whale.
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The 9.2-mile trek heads along one of California's last pristine beaches to the swimming grounds of harbor seals and the once-endangered California gray whale.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.2

Waypoints

LCT001

Location: 40.0447006225586, -124.075706481934

Unmarked trailhead; head W to coastline. Best hiked @ low tide

LCT002

Location: 40.0448417663574, -124.080070495605

Head N along coast, cross Humboldt Creek

LCT003

Location: 40.04736328125, -124.080062866211

Cross Telegraph Creek; watch for rogue waves

LCT004

Location: 40.0528450012207, -124.079772949219

Black Sand Beach; runoff from Katuna Cliffs

LCT005

Location: 40.0567741394043, -124.079605102539

Beach narrows; best to cross @ low tide

LCT006

Location: 40.0621109008789, -124.079498291016

Look for black bear tracks in sand

LCT009

Location: 40.0937576293945, -124.101585388184

Head up cove for campsite; cross creek

LCT007

Location: 40.0686111450195, -124.08171081543

Watch for harbor seals on rocks offshore; California gray whales frequent in January and February

LCT008

Location: 40.083179473877, -124.092308044434

Driftwood and dried kelp litter the beach

LCT010

Location: 40.0959701538086, -124.103965759277

Tidal flats; sweet lunch spot and optional swim. Return to trailhead