The best things to do in Shelter Cove CA. 

Shelter cove is a small oceanfront community in the pacific northwest. Bursting with good vibes, this small “resort” town has a ton to offer, especially to those seeking adventure and uninterrupted time outdoors. Top things to do in Shelter Cove include: 

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Seasonal whale watching is at the top of our best things to do in Shelter Cove CA list. This area’s natural resources and generous food supply make the northern California coast a one-to-two-week stopping location for grey whales during their migration and birthing periods. It’s not uncommon to see females give birth or newborn calves swimming alongside their mothers. Whale watching in Shelter Cove peaks in April and May. 


The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic highway in northern California that runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. It’s named after the coastal redwoods that tower over the route. Humboldt Redwoods State Park is home to Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining contiguous old-growth coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest in the world. Trees soaring to immense heights combined with a relatively open under story combine to create. Here, you’ll find 10,000 acres of trails where you can picnic, camp, hike, swim, fish, raft, and bike. 


Paradise Royale is a relatively new 14-mile cycle loop on California’s Lost Coast. It’s located in the King Range National Conservation Area, in one of the most undeveloped stretches of coastline in the lower 48. Views are beautiful – mountains jut out of the Pacific and drop straight down to lush river valleys. No doubt, Paradise Royale is a skillfully engineered piece of singletrack that will leave you longing for more. 


Dramatic vistas of steep cliffs plunging to the sea from a 2,000-foot ridgeline make the Lost Coast among the most scenic paddling areas on the West Coast. Here Cap Mendocino (the westernmost point of land in the “Lower 48”) plows into the Pacific, awash in sea spray, like the bow of a giant ship. Enjoy 40 miles of remote coastline where, under the right conditions, a skilled and adventurous paddler might make landfall. This remains the wildest stretch of seashore in the state. Cruising along under paddle power is a unique opportunity. 


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 King Range Crest to the beach include 2,000-to-3,500-foot elevation changes. Here, hiking and backpacking truly are a way of life and we invite visitors to experience that. Choose your own adventure with these Shelter Cove hiking and backpacking trails/resources: California Coastal Trail Information, Lost Coast Hiking, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Sinkyone Wilderness SP. 

Visit Inn of the Lost Coast Shelter Cove for an unforgettable stay in the jaw-dropping Pacific Northwest. Enjoy newly crafted suites with spectacular views of the coastline, packed with amenities. 

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