The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650-mile-long trail that runs from Mexico to Canada, passing through California, Oregon, and Washington. Shelter Cove is a popular stop for hikers on the trail. If you’re passing through on the PCT, here are the best things to do and see. 

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Shelter Cove is surrounded by beautiful wilderness areas, making it a great place for hiking. Pacific Crest Trail runs right through town, and there are plenty of other trails to explore in the surrounding area. Some popular areas include King Range National Conservation Area, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, and Lost Coast Trail. 


Here, there are several beautiful beaches, and most are great for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Black Sands Beach is known for its unique black sand, which is made up of magnetite and other minerals. WARNING: Black Sands Beach is dangerous. We do not recommend waterplay of any kind at this beach. 


A popular destination for fishing, in our oceanfront village you can charter boats and rent fishing gear. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities to catch salmon, rockfish, and other species. The Shelter Cove Fishing Report is a great resource for up-to-date information on fishing conditions and regulations. 

Wildlife Viewing 

Shelter Cove is home to a variety of wildlife, including whales, sea lions, and bald eagles. The nearby King Range National Conservation Area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, and elk. The best time to see whales is from March to May when they migrate north along the coast. 


Need a trail break? Stay with us! The Inn of the Lost Coast is ideally situated right on the beach. Enjoy newly remodeled suites, packed with amenities, plus spectacular views of the Pacific Northwest coastline. Book Inn of the Lost Coast 

There you have it. Shelter Cove is a beautiful and unique destination for hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. With stunning beaches, great hiking trails, and an abundance of wildlife, it’s a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Northern California. 

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