The Lost Coast Road Trip: Thirteen Less-Visited Places in California

Last spring, Johanna and I embarked on a drive up to the very top of California with very little in the way of plans. If you've been reading this blog, you'll know that this was a departure for me. We rented an SUV, packed our camping gear, and pointed the wheels north.

In just a few days, we covered 1,500 miles and visited some of the most under-the-radar destinations in California. We were struck by the sheer beauty even the least-visited places in California can produce. Here's a list of some of the places we visited and things we did:

  1. Spotted wildflowers along Jolon Road, a part of Monterey County that tourists rarely find.
  2. Drove down a five-mile dirt road to camp at Prewitt Ridge, overlooking the Big Sur coastline.
  3. Snacked on artisan foods in Pescadero, just a few miles inland of the well-worn HWY 1 route.
  4. Sped past Napa to visit Anderson Valley's greatest Pinot Noir producer (Toulouse Vineyard).
  5. Drew messages in the sand at Mendocino Headlands State Park.
  6. Hopped around the tide-pools at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg.
  7. Stopped to admire the coastal views from Pacific Star Winery.
  8. Headed inland to hammock-camp along the Avenue of the Giants (old-growth redwoods).
  9. Followed Wilder Ridge Road to Mattole Point, passing bucolic homesteads on the way.
  10. Got taken aback by fields of wildflowers near the victorian town of Ferndale.
  11. Paid our respects to those lost at sea at Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse.
  12. Communed with wild elk at Gold Bluffs Beach.
  13. Entered the jurassic era in Fern Canyon (filming location of Jurassic Park 2).

Here is a small selection of photos from our trip:

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