Plan Your Lost Coast Trip

The Lost Coast is a soul-stirring experience for seasoned hikers who appreciate the thrill of Nature’s challenges. Please read our Must-Do’s, check the shuttle schedule, and contact us if you have any questions.


1. Book your trail permit

You need one permit per group to stay overnight on the trail. The only charge is a non-refundable $6 processing fee. 

King's Range Lost Coast logo
Bear canister by daveynin on Flickr

2. Pack your bear canister.

Each hiker must carry one bear can, which generally stores 3 days’ worth of food, toiletries, and garbage per hiker. You can also rent bear canisters from us for $20/trip (maximum 4 days).

3. Check the tide predictions chart.

Hiking during high tides can be fatal, even for very experienced hikers. There’s no phone reception on the trail, so you must check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tide prediction chart for each day of your trip before you go.

The NOAA chart shows tide information in feet on the left and time on the bottom. You can see how high the tides will be at any given time where the lines intersect.

Shelter Cove tide predictions screenshot
Visit the NOAA site to check the tides for your trip dates.
Happy Trail Dog by sonstroem on Flickr

4. Don’t invite your dog unless they love tough terrain.

Dogs are allowed on the trail, but it’s not so fun for them. The sand and rocks can rub their paws pads raw, and jumping between boulders can make their nails bleed. If you do bring your buddy, bring dog boots for them to wear throughout the trip.

5. Check our FAQs for safety info

Even the most experienced hikers may learn something new. Go see the advice we've compiled for you on snake-sighting, tick-flicking, water sources, and more.

Poison Oak on the Lost Coast Trail
Poison Oak on the Lost Coast Trail
Camper crossing the river in the Lost Coast Trail

6. Check trail conditions before your trip

Check the BLM website for the latest on trail conditions so you're fully prepared for your trip.

*Disclosure:  It is a liability for us to create a hiker’s itinerary unless they are booking a guided hike directly through us. We cannot give advice not knowing the physical state of the hiker and their experience level. There are also variables such as changes in weather, tides, swell and terrain. Due to not being there side to side to assess the situation and advice the hiker we cannot plan their trip on their behalf.


Check availability and secure your spot! Once you book your shuttle, we’ll send you a helpful packing list. Meet your shuttle at Black Sands Beach trailhead in Shelter Cove 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

Cancellations: We provide a 100% refund if you cancel up to one week before your trip; after that, we may not be able to fill the empty seats. We also refund 100% of the booking if inclement weather prevents travel to or on the trail (boooo).

See full cancellation policy.