Hike of the Day: California's Lost Coast

Play tag with the pounding surf by day and camp in misty coves by night on this 26-miler along the wildflower-swathed hillsides of the Lost Coast.

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California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced last week that much of the California coastline could be swallowed by rising sea tides (as much as five feet by the end of the century). Agree or not, even a smaller rise of the Pacific Ocean could make the Lost Coast Trail no longer accessible to backpackers. Much of the trail is pinched between bluffs and ocean and in several spots hikers need to time their hike with the tides. So plan your trip to hike this classic coastline destination next season before it’s–um–lost forever. Read more details, including beta on the best campsites and more photos, provided by Backpacker mapper Dave Miller at www.backpacker.com/hikes/27498.

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Kris Wagner, map editor