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MAP Californias Lost Coast Rec (Wilderness Press Maps) Map – Folded Map, November 22, 2004

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  • Series: Wilderness Press Maps
  • Map
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; Third Edition edition (November 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899973760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899973760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 4.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In researching The Lost Coast, I bought this map to decide on our campsites along the 24+ mile trail, and to get a better sense of where our water sources would be. Upon reaching our destination, however, we stopped at the BLM to get permits, and got a better map there for $5. They also gave us important information about recent landslides in the area and tricky tide spots that were not listed on the map available here.

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!!
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California's Lost Coast offers some of the most rugged hiking in the state. Trails are few and far between and generally are not constructed to modern standards. Services are even less common. Outside of the tiny communities of Shelter Cove, Petrolia, and Honeydew, travellers looking for nice accomodations will find very little that resembles the visitor ammenities commonly available along Hwy 1 and US 101 which covers the rest of the coast. This is simply not the place for 4 and 5 star dinning and hotels. Even paved roads are pretty rare. The bottom line then, if you want to explore this scenic area, is that you will have to do it on foot or by horseback. This map by Wilderness Press is probably your best resource for such explorations.

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'.
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I bought this map to use in the Sinkyone Wilderness Area last year (I started at Usal), as currently it is the only available map of the region. Like another reviewer stated, a much better map of the northern part of the lost coast trail is available from the BLM, but that map does not cover the lower portion of the lost coast trail.

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.
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Horrible lack of detail.

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.
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This map is absolutely terrible, 2 entire paragraphs detailing the employment of a bear canister, the inland trails seem to be fantasy, and the mis-information was near disaster for me. If you want a few nice paragraphs about snakes and bears, just read the signs at the trailheads. Do not rely on this map for any sort of navigation.
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This map provides a lot of information for the hiker coming to the lost coast for the first time. General road map, hiking paths, distances from creek to creek, some useful information about shuttle services, and some general information are aggregated. Although these things could be collected individually from some sites, there is a certain comfort to have them all on one piece of water resistant material.

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.
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