California's Lost Coast

Visit one of the westernmost stretches of pavement in the continental United States. 

Hikers on bluff, Lost Coast, Calif., image

Hikers gaze at the Pacific Ocean along California's Lost Coast. 

One of the last expanses of Western shoreline untouched by highways, California's Lost Coast offers a glimpse into the state's past. From the town of Ferndale, drive south along Mattole Road, winding through rolling prairies dotted with wildflowers. Near Cape Mendocino, where the road descends to a spot with an uninterrupted view of Sugarloaf Rock, you'll meet the Pacific at the westernmost stretch of pavement in the continental United States. Passing a string of tiny towns and crossing through Humboldt Redwoods State Park as you curve back to Highway 101, you have traveled less than 70 miles in three hours along this winding road.

Photography courtesy of Melanienacouzi/Wikimedia Commons

This article was first published in July 2014. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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