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Lost Coast Backpacking Trip- June 10-14, 2015

What:
 Lost Coast
When: June 10-14, 2015
Who: Adventure Patrol
Cost: $120
SIC: Nathaniel Wipfler
Activity Coordinator: Scott Ottoes

Details

The Lost Coast is so named because this section of land was too steep and rugged to build a road. Big Sur was tamed by Highway 1, but not the Lost Coast. Highway 1 veers inland 20 miles around this remote section of coastline. There are no roads or cars. Just getting to the trailhead is a journey in itself.

The Lost Coast Trail stretches 25 miles through the King Range National Conservation Area, from Mattole Beach in the north to the village of Shelter Cove in the south. The trail is fairly flat (there are a few hills to climb) but the terrain is challenging. You go from hiking on coarse black sand to pebbly beaches; from slippery, wave-smoothed stones the size of bowling balls to the blessed solid ground of the flats. Sections of the trail are completely impassable at high tide, making timing and tide chart knowledge essential. And the weather is highly unpredictable.

From: The Lost Coast Trail: An Overview by Jeff Hester

Reminders

We will have a prep meeting from 7:00-8:30 pm on Monday, June 8 at Mr. Ottoe's house (45 Otis Way, Los Altos). We will have pizza for all. We will go over all the planning, and the BLM requires us to watch a DVD about the Lost Coast and Leave No Trace.

NOTE: Bring your food to the prep meeting, see below for details...

Please remember that this will be challenging trip. The trail is fairly flat (there are a few hills to climb) but the terrain is challenging. You go from hiking on coarse black sand to pebbly beaches; from slippery, wave-smoothed stones the size of bowling balls to the solid ground of the flats. Sections of the trail are completely impassable at high tide, making timing and tide chart knowledge essential. And the weather is highly unpredictable. 

Be ready for wet and cold conditions. There is always a chance of rain and hard winds. We will have to do creek crossings, avoid daily  ocean tides, and tents can get soaked from the condensation. Have your gear in water proof bags as much as possible in your backpack, make sure your boots are water proof, and bring extra socks. Lastly, make sure to bring your water proof pack covers. 

Please use the Troop 33 Backpacking Checklist when packing and save room for 1-2 crew gear items.

Food Planning

Please review the slide set for guidelines on the food you need. Because of the difficulty of the trip, I think we will need to be in more the >2500 calorie count for each day. But this number can be highly personal, some folks need more…some less…you will need to make the judgment on how much food you will need. The slides are at the bottom of this link: 


The meals you will need on the trail will be as follows
  • June 10 - Dinner (we want to hike in a few miles on our first day) 
  • June 11, 12, 13 - Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • June 14 - Breakfast. (only a 1.8 mile hike out)
NOTE: Bring money for 2 lunches and 1 dinner on the road. 

We have rented 5 ultra-light bear canisters (Bearikade Weekender) and the plan will be to share each canister between 2 scouts. We have them for the June 8 meeting for you to pack your food. We would like to see each day of food put into a 1 gal baggie and the calorie count printed on the outside at the level you think you will need for the trip.

Itinerary

  • Wed 6/10
    • 7:00am - Meet at LAUMC
    • 7:30am - Drive to Black Sand Beach and drop off cars
    • 3:00pm - Shuttle to Mattole
    • 5:00pm - Hike to Punta Gorda
    • Camp overnight
  • Thu 6/11
    • Hike 8.4 miles to Randall Creek or Spanish Flat
    • Camp overnight
  • Fri 6/12
    • Hike 7.9 miles to Big Flat Creek
    • Camp overnight
  • Sat 6/13
    • Hike 6.7 miles to Horse Creek
    • Camp overnight
  • Sun 6/14
    • Hike 1.8 miles to Black Sand Beach
    • Drive to LAUMC

Budget

Roster


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Brent Browning,
May 17, 2015, 9:46 PM
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Brent Browning,
Jun 4, 2015, 3:36 PM
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Scott Ottoes,
Jun 4, 2015, 10:51 AM
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Brent Browning,
Jun 2, 2015, 10:37 PM