The Lost Coast Area & Map


Rising directly out of the Pacific Ocean, Northern California’s wild and rugged Lost Coast was formed by the dynamic forces of geology, weather and ocean currents. Tectonic plates and earthquakes continue to uplift the land, while weather erodes and shapes it, giving the area its unique geology and terrain. Because of this rugged topography,  builders of the coastal highway were forced to turn inland. And because strong ocean currents in the area rendered navigation difficult, the area became fondly known as The Lost Coast.

Today, the King Range National Conservation Area, Mattole River Valley, Sinkyone State Park and adjacent lands comprise the Lost Coast, providing habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna, including coast redwoods. Camping, hiking, backpacking (along with  mountain biking and horseback riding in the King Range) are wonderful ways to experience remote places. Fishing and lodging are available in the community of Shelter Cove, and winding mountain roads take you to the Sinkyone Wilderness in the south and to the mouth of the Mattole and the Lost Coast Trail in the north.

Map Illustration by Janet Young


Lost Coast Resources


Visitor Links

Shelter Cove Webcams

Local Media


About Lost Coast Interpretive Association

We inspire passion for nature through programs designed to get people of all ages outside to enjoy, experience and learn about nature, as well as programs that bring nature inside the classroom and a Facebook page.

2019 Schedule of Events

LCIA's 2019 Schedule is now available. Check our calendar page to view or click the link to download or view the PDF. Learn More >>

Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp is a day camp where we bring children outside to experience nature.
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