Hiking on the lost coast is the first thing that the free spirit wants to do. The coast to the north of Shelter Cove provides a great place to hike, as a day trip or a more prolonged endeavor. Parallel to this stretch of beach known by the locals as “Big Black Sands Beach” are mostly public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Just minutes from the Inn of the Lost Coast, over 80 miles of trails span from beach to mountain peak and from dark forests to golden prairies. Trails from the King Range Crest to the beach include 2,000–3,500 foot elevation changes.