THE BEST WAY TO THE LOST COAST
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Shelter Cove is about 230 miles north of San Francisco. Take Highway 101 north, exit at Redwood Drive (near Redland/Garberville), bear left toward Redway, then take a left at Briceland Road (you'll be in central Redway); Briceland Road becomes Shelter Cove Road, winding over the coast mountains and dropping down into the Cove.
WHERE TO GO
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, (707) 986-7711, http://www.lat.ms/cfeOrc. Most of the Lost Coast Trail is north of Shelter Cove, in the King Range Conservation Area (managed by federal Bureau of Land Management). The southern end of the trail lies within Sinkyone State Wilderness, with different rules, fees and administration. Campsite prices in Sinkyone are $25 a night for walk-in sites offering little more than a flat spot, a fire pit and an outhouse down the hill.