The Lost Coast Trail is a beautiful stretch of undeveloped coastline in Northern California. It is a place that all of us who reside here are proud to call home. Unfortunately peak season of the trail results in many people practicing careless or nonexistent Leave No Trace.
If you are visiting the Lost Coast please take the time to learn and prepare so that everyone can continue to enjoy this beautiful place…
The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard. They also apply to almost every recreational activity. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.
The Seven Principles are well established and widely known, but they are not static. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics continually examines, evaluates and reshapes the Principles. The Center’s Education Department conducts research — including publishing scholarly articles in independent journals — to ensure that the Principles are up to date with the latest insights from biologists, land managers and other leaders in outdoor education.