Last Updated on November 8, 2018
Since the 1930s, California’s lost Coast had witnessed a rapid depopulation, but that’s fine because the land has become an example of looking and being perfect with its coastline of purple flowers and gorgeous black sands beaches.
The lack of people and population made the area hard to reach, and only adventure seekers with curious spirits can enjoy it, especially that it is the only California coastline section that can’t be accessed by Highway 1.
So in case you are interested to escape society for a while and your soul is thirsty for some pure nature and unique beauty, then you may want to hit the road towards the Lost Coast. However, you have to know about all of its secrets that will amaze you.
A 0.25 miles trail can’t be considered as a workout while being on this hike, but the gorgeous views are what make this whole journey worthwhile. You will be mesmerized by the waterfalls cascading through the leaves and the high canyon walls that are decorated with ancient ferns.
You will actually see how earth looks like before humans started making their way through it. In fact, that could be the reason why this location was used during a T-Rex scene while shooting the second Jurassic Park.
In case you didn’t know, this beautiful estate used to be the centerpiece of Garberville, California, since 1926. Today, it is still considered as the legacy with old-school service, eye-catching architecture, and a dining room that will leave your mouth open for days.
All those historic buildings can still make you go back in time, even after renovations. Also, once you stop there, you will feel like a famous person.
The Lost Coast Ranch
If you drove around the twisty roads west of Highway 101, you will see the Lost Coast Ranch outstanding out of the forest. The access to this destination is not easy, but the grand Victorian architecture and gorgeous ocean backdrop are definitely worth the drive.
This place is like those Lost Coast secrets that exist only in dreams and whispers, but those who know it well get to enjoy every little bit of it.
The Victorian Village of Ferndale
There are many sights that got lost in time because of the lack of development, and Ferndale is the town that took all that to the next level. Once you visit it, you will be in ‘awe’ due to the endless farmland, impenetrable forest, and the Eel River. Add to that the Victorian buildings that didn’t change since the early 20th century.
This place is considered as the gateway to the Lost Coast, which is the perfect stopping point during your adventure. Nothing compares to a quick break to enjoy some ice cream while exploring the quaint town.
Shelter Cove’s Black Sands Beach
Believe it or not, but California coast is not all surf stops and golden sands. The Lost Coast provides with a perfect, unique gorgeous black sand beach that is able to strike your soul.
That beach can be found in Shelter Cove, which is a small seaside village with many secrets to unveil. Also, it can be the best location to clear your head from stress and people’s problems because it doesn’t have so many crowds since it is too far from the main traffic flow.
The Confusion Hill is not lost, and not on the coast, but it is undoubtedly the greatest treasure of the entire region. You will be welcomed with hand-drawn signs and many attractions that would cause you to think twice about gravity, again.
Confusion Hill is considered as a charming roadside stop that must be visited, especially that it is uncomplicated and will only cost you $10.
Bigfoot in Willow Creek
Rumor has it that Bigfoot was spotted in Humboldt County because it is already a hotbed for it. In fact, the China Flat Museum is educating the Eastern Humboldt County’s history while having the Bigfoot exhibit with artifacts.
So basically, you can be exploring this town innocently, and suddenly, you will be face to face with this monster. It may be the greatest experience of your life!
Lost Coast Brewery
This secret is more known about the Low Coast, but it still deserves to be mentioned, and it is the brewery’s high quality sharing the same name. However, the Craft Alehouse provides its guests with free tours to discover their facility. Plus, a restaurant and bar that offers great food, outstanding beers, and “happy hour” for the most of the week.
The town of Petrolia
The name of this town was born a long time ago when California’s first oil well was dug in this area in the Lost Coast. You can access this isolated town only by a treacherous coastal road, which is why being in Petrolia feels like you are in a different timeline.
This town is constantly welcoming growers, artists, and off-the-gridders because it is where they can stay away from every day’s rush, get inspired, and be in their most peaceful state.