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MAP Californias Lost Coast Rec (Wilderness Press Maps) Map – Folded Map, November 22, 2004
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It's not a bad investment for planning purposes, but if you are a map person and care about the most up-to-date details, go for the BLM map or a better topo map. The BLM people were super nice and informative and they appreciate the hiker data, so pay them a visit!
Either way, have a great trip - it is a beautiful place!!
The map has a number of nice features. It is printed on water and tear proof paper. One side shows the King Range National Conservation Area and the reverse side shows Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. This is, therefore, the only map that shows the whole 64 miles of the Lost Coast Trail. The accompanying text, by veteran hiking author John McKinney, describes camping and day hiking opportunities as well as the various state and federal regulations you will need to know if you plan to backpack. He also describes some of the history and archeological sites in the region.
On the whole, I found this a useful resource and I am already planning a return trip to the region. My one concern with this map is that I would like to see closer contour lines in an area where the trails are so steep and regularly follow the ridge lines up and down (with few, or any, switchbacks). The King's Range side of this map has contour intervals at 500 feet. The Sinkyone map has the interval at a somewhat more useful 250'.Read more ›
While the coast is very rugged terrain, the part of the trail I used was very well signed and beaten, so a map wasn't completely necessary. However, I like to have the best available maps of the area I'm backpacking in, so for the Sinkyone Wilderness, this is your best bet. Now that the CCA has been signed as an official state trail, I'm sure better maps will become available in a few years.
While I haven't seen/read it yet, I think "The Hiker's Hip Pocket Guide to the Humboldt Coast" will be my next purchase while planning a trip into the area.
No point to point mileage.
We used Lost Coast Shuttles for a ride from Shelter Cove to Mattole Beach, and they give you a free map that is probably
in turn from the BLM/Forest Service, and that map is excellent.
Once we realized how bad this map was and how good the free one was and we needed kindling, we, well, burned this map with no regrets.
Having said this, there are details that I would have liked to be on this map that were absent. For example, that there is a generous parking area at the black beach trailhead (if you turn right into Beach Road when driving into Shelter Cove) with a drinking water fountain and restrooms is not marked on the map. The path on the beach is delineated with a doted line just running along the coast - which is true - but, if you hiking north from Shelter Cove, the trail actually comes into existence (I mean, a path sporting solid, compact ground, which is paradise after shifting sand and boulder hopping) at the very start of Big Flat. At this point, you need to climb up the cliff for 5 ft to actually get to it, and if you do not know where to climb up, you will miss it and continue to trot on along the beach. This path is not visible from the beach at sea level . I would have loved a hint where to look for the way up - but there is none on this map. Also, if you are into maps and navigation by compass (although there might be not much need for it while walking along the beach..), grid lines on this map are absent. And so are points you could use to triangulate. These are just some examples where the map could have provided some more detail.
Overall, buy it if you are a map-kind-of-person, otherwise burn the money on some delicious trail food. The snacks might be the better investment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A couple inaccuracies that we noticed, for example: You can't park at Orchard Park. It seemed like at one time you could. Instead, you must park at Needle Rock and walk in. The 2. Read morePublished 10 months ago by TD
Great map, water proof, and was very informative about where I was going.Published 10 months ago by Duc
Good detail and clear topo lines make this a nice map. Some roads on the map are permanently closed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric Schrader
Given as a gift. Reported back to me it was an excellent map with a lot of information on the area.Published 13 months ago by Donna Misseres
If you get this map. You are onto a wonderful adventure - the Lost Coast is truly a treasure!!Published 13 months ago by A_Lady
500 foot count our lines? Missing lines on the summit of cooksie mountain? This is the worst damn map I have ever used. Period.Published 16 months ago by David Lightman
It is really more of a guide than just map--chock full of useful information. The one thing it lacks is mileages between landmarks along the trails. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alan Kaufmann
Good map, but if you're only interested in the north section, the government map is better in my opinionPublished 17 months ago by MPB
topo lines are only at 100 feet, so ok if you're doing the beach section of the lost coast but a little lacking if you plan on using any of the other trails. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by A. Piasecki