Why take a shuttle when you can drive yourself?
Saving money is always a great thing but sometimes that comes at a cost. While you are paying $85 for a shuttle ride may seem costly you are avoiding other potential hazards, obstacles, and damages.
Though the drive is beautiful people under estimate this 32 mile trip.
The road is full of curves the whole way through, in this windy road you experience:
One way lanes
Trucks hauling trailers on very narrow roads
While it is only 32 miles it takes roughly around 2 hours one way to get to the Mattole Trailhead from the Black Sands Beach Trailhead
As you’re preparing for you hike you can have a peace of mind on this long drive
Riding the shuttle comes with mindful perks:
Stress-free on shuttle
Gives you time to mentally prepare
Time to have everything packed and get your itinerary in order to be ready to go
Enjoy the scenic route
Your car is left in a safe parking area ** Mattole end is not as safe break ins have happened
Once you finish the trail you get to go home instead of having to go back to get car
Knowledgeable and trusting drivers
Our drivers know the main guide lines and safety tips of the trail, they can answer any question you may have
All drivers are familiar with the road and can get you to your destination in a safe manner
They can give local insight and have stories to share about the area to those that have never been to the Lost Coast before
Though $85 sounds a bit expensive to some you have to think of unforeseen circumstances
Car damage in a remote place can be expensive, stressful, and inconvenient.
Average tire repair $10-20
Tow truck $150/hr –Brown’s towing charges extra to go on dirt roads
Struts/shocks average $600
Brakes average $100-150 per axle
Oil pan replacement – $100 -300
Save $1000 in potential damage to your car by paying $85
Nature and remoteness can come as an obstacle
Falling trees happen very frequently often blocking entire road.
Deer crossing, cattle, and bears
Once you get close to the Trailhead the only one gas station is in honeydew. Because it is out of the way it is easy to run out of gas and be stuck
The cell service reception is little to none, if you do happen to have any kind of personal or vehicular problems you might not be able to obtain help in a timely matter
The Mattole Road is on the list of Most Dangerous Roads in North America
According to dangerousroads.org this road has made the list as the longest completely undeveloped stretch of shoreline in California but also considered apart of the world’s most spectacular roads. Book a shuttle and get to enjoy it in it’s full raw form.
“Mattole Road is mostly two-lanes, although they’re usually very narrow lanes, with plenty of curves. Even though it’s a while before the ocean comes into view, it’s still an awesome drive.” – Dangerousroads