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Lost Coast Backpack - SBC

Lost Coast Backpack - SBC

June 23, 2024 - June 28, 2024
6:00am - 8:00pm
Lost Coast, CA
The Lost Coast is an untamed stretch of coastal land in Northern California filled with steep cliffs, beautiful mountain ranges, and flat beaches. We will take a 27-mile adventure through the untamed stretch of coastal land on the infamous Lost Coast Trail. We will explore the coastal landscape backpacking on sands of the beach and the grasslands of the steep cliffs. Along with the beautiful landscape, there is admirable wildlife of Sea lions, mountain lions, deer, Roosevelt elk and more. We will begin our hike at Black Sands Beach in the small town of Shelter Cove and end our journey at Mattole Beach Trailhead. You are guaranteed an adventure you will never forget and views you will always admire.

Trip Cost     

SRWC Member: $200
Faculty, Staff, Non-Enrolled CSUSB Student, and Alumni Association: $230
Affiliate: $245
Sponsored Guest: $260

Pre-Trip Meeting / Sign-Up Deadline
May 31, 2022 @ 6pm

Activity Level 
4 - Epic

Trip Departs From
CSUSB Student Recreation and Wellness Center


Day 1: We will meet at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at 6:00 am where we will prepare for our 6-day adventure. We will spend a few moments checking our equipment and packing up the van. Shortly after we will begin our drive to Humboldt county stopping along the way for meals, gas, and short restroom breaks; we will have a long drive that day! The stops will be provided but the cost for meals are on you. Once the sun has set and we will arrive at Richardson's Grove Campground to set up camp under the stars.

Day 2:  Early rise today for a nice and filling breakfast, a stroll in the redwoods, and finalizing all we need for our trip on the Lost Coast Trail. In the morning we will check out the town of Shelter Cove where we will have lunch. After lunch we begin our 3.7-mile hike to our campground at the Gitchell Creek where we will see the wild ocean, sandy beaches, and possibly some Sea lions on our way.
Day 3: Rise and Shine for our second day on the trail, we will fill up with yummy breakfast and begin our hike at sunrise to our second campground. This will be our first hike passing through the impassible zones at low tides where we will see the wild ocean and the beach floor at low tides. After the impassible zones; we will relax make lunch and take a moment to reflect on the trail traveled. We will hike about 9.5 miles today.

Day 4: On our third day on the trail we will rise early and begin our hike after breakfast. This will be our long day hiking with 8.1 miles! This trail is beautiful you will see the remote landscape with a few gorgeous private homes along the way. The scenery changes from beach to hills, to trees, to ocean and more. Keep an eye out, you may spot some wildlife, if it isn’t a sea lion on the beach then it is black-tailed deer or Roosevelt Elk. Along the trail, we will enjoy a break, eat some lunch and appreciate some snacks. After our 8.1 miles of hiking we will arrive at Cooskie Creek we will have some dinner, take our shoes off and call it a day.

Day 5: Let’s wrap it up, the views, the admiration, the landscape; on our last day on the coast. After breakfast, we’ll pack up camp and hike  5.7 miles to Mattole Trailhead. We stop at the Punta Gorda Lighthouse along our way. We will have lunch in at the Trailhead as we wait for our trip leader to retrieve the van. Once in the van we will drive 2 hours back to Richardson Grove campground for showers and dinner. 

Day 6: Now it’s time to travel to CSUSB, the drive will be 11 hours with no traffic or stops. Of course, we will need to stop for meals and gas taking breaks along the way so to ensure we arrive on Campus by 10 pm we will rise and shine at 6 am, have breakfast and be on our way by 7 am.

Packing List


12 meals are included, starting with breakfast on day 2 (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners)
5 meals are not included (2 lunches, 3 dinners). Bring money. 

Hygiene and Comfort
We will be carrying our all our food, shelter, clothing, water and equipment in a pack weighting over 40lbs. We will be staying in reserved campsites on the first and last 2 nights with access to restrooms, showers and drinking water. The campsites on nights 2 and 3 are primitive with NO toilets or showers. We will practice Leave no Trace when disposing of human waste and trash.  We will treat water from a nearby spring or creek. You will have the option to share a tent with one or two people or sleep out under the cover of the stars.  Light weight tents, warm synthetic sleeping bags, foam pads and ground tarps will be provided to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. The ground consists of soft soil. 
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How to Register            

Registration Opens March 1 @ 8:00am