Humboldt Southern County


From Centerville Beach south, the Humboldt County coastline and the CCT is truly a ?Lost Coast?, mostly inaccessible by roadways. For hikers, the first section ? south to Cape Mendocino ? should only be attempted at extreme low tides in dead-calm summer weather, otherwise the Mattole Road out of Ferndale is the CCT?s route here. After crossing the Mattole River and heading south to Shelter Cove, CCT travelers need to grab their backpacks for a true wilderness experience in walking the beaches of the King Range National Conservation Area, home to herds of Roosevelt Elk among other wildlife. Leaving the beach at Shelter Cove, the trail rises to the easterly ridgeline, exiting Humboldt County near the 2600 foot summit of Chemise Mountain. [Jon Breyfogle] [Jon Breyfogle]

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Just north of Cape Mendocino, the beach is shared by hikers and sea elephants [Linda Hanes]



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