First come basis. Redding: Lost Coast Trail to Cooskie Creek Unspoiled black-sand beaches, rogue breakers, and craggy mountains form a remote backdrop to this 13.4-mile weekend adventure along the Lost Coast. Turn R and return to beach. There seems to be an unmarked trail that leads to Cooskie Creek above the ridge line and bluffs. Trek 24.4 miles to a 200-foot, glacier-fed waterslide, then bag the highest peak in the Trinity Alps. Purifying is recommended. (There is a post pointing which way for LCT only. This mildly overstates it. Cooskie Creek Route (Cooskie Spur) Unknown There are signs along the trail but there is no defined trail in some sections. This may be a good place for your first night to pitch up, yet try and get there early as it tends to fill up quickly due to the fabulous scenery. See: http://backpacker.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip.aspx?TripID=27498 for details on a 4-day Lost Coast trip, Location: 40.219970703125, -124.309761047363, There's room for two tents in this ocean-side lean-to. The 9.2-mile trek heads along one of California's last pristine beaches to the swimming grounds of harbor seals and the once-endangered California gray whale. Most people thru-hike the trail from north to south in 2 to 4 days. Redding: Lost Coast Trail to Cooskie Creek. “On our annual pilgrimage down the Lost Coast Trail this week, we saw not one, but two dead whales,” Scatchard said. There were too many trails out by Lake Hill 2, but knowing I should still be going uphill made the decision easy. Type: Creek side Size: Large Water: Yes Soil Type: Hard pack and sand. This is 12 miles from Cooskie creek. It got downright scruffy on the way down and I almost got onto a third old jeep road down. When I got there, someone has marked with rocks to be very clear that the western one should be used.) Watch for poison . The gully has a lot of water, but also very steep, unstable sides. Unspoiled black-sand beaches, rogue breakers, and craggy mountains form a remote backdrop to this … Cooskie Creek Route and Cooskie Spur Route meet at the far ridge a … Bring a fly rod for rare red-meat brook trout. Record your own itinerary from the app, upload the trail and share it with the community. Conical Rock hovers in the breakers, Location: 40.2602920532227, -124.361763000488, For years, surfers and hikers have built driftwood shelters along the coast. Route finding skills necessary!" I followed the official route down. In a few strides, follow cairns on S side of unnamed creek up bluff, then take user trail to Cooskie Creek Spur marker. 9. ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.2408294677734, -124.333801269531, Location: 40.2415428161621, -124.332794189453, Locals catch major rays just offshore. (They are what makes the Spanish Ridge loop on here. I found it particularly hard to follow about a quarter of the way up from Fourmile Creek to Gorda 2. Trail Overview: The Lost Coast Trail follows the shore from Mattole River (north end) to Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove (*south end). The Cooskie Creek Route has its northwest end a little southeast of Fourmile Creek and climbs up The HJ Ridge, over Gorda 2, and down again to Cooskie Creek passing a junction with Cooskie Spur Route. Tough up hill but quite the diversity of scenery. ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.235050201416, -124.325500488281, Driftwood shelter: Intricate log pile is a windless, safe, high-tide campsite. Unspoiled black-sand beaches, rogue breakers, and craggy mountains form a remote backdrop to this 13.4-mile weekend adventure along the Lost Coast. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. These are clearly marked in the BLM Official Trail Map. Continue S, Location: 40.2358932495117, -124.324645996094, Flotsam and driftwood make for a wind-free shelter. What you need to know is that there are limited water sources once you leave the beach on the Lost Coast Trail. In a few strides, follow cairns on S side of unnamed creek up bluff, then take user trail to Cooskie Creek Spur marker. (For some reason this track does not. This junction is tricky, as the sign for the LCT is on the opposite side of the post — pointing in a non-obvious direction. Cooskie Creek: Crimson sunsets burn extra splen­dor into already fantastic oceanside campsites (permit and bear canister required). There isn't and never has been trail up Cooskie Creek itself. Protection: Yes Notes: The campsites are situated inside the canyon. Route finding skills necessary." There is a "pinch off" just before this beach where the "trail" is blocked at high tide. Trail details: Distance: 25.3 miles. I found it to be wonderful, but harder than I expected for only climbing 2300 feet or so. To make a loop, you would want to drop down Spanish Ridge Trail and return on Lost Coast Trail. Some sections need brushing. Find more information here. And if you’ve reserved a shuttle through Lost Coast Adventure Tours, call the company to confirm your ETA before cell reception cuts out. 10 Reviews. Multi day trip to Cooskie Creek. oak and ticks. There are markers along the way, but often not where they are needed. One staffer at the visitor center told me it was cow trails through prairie, which does characterize some of it. I don't recommend that way judging by the comments on the Spanish Ridge loop.) From the creek, it climbs again up Lake Ridge to Spanish Ridge, where it finishes. © 2021 Pocket Outdoor Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Some sections of Lost Coast Trail are impassable at high tide. I camped near springs in the vicinity of the coral and again at a spring on the way down Spanish Ridge and Cooskie Creek along LCT. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. From there it's all the normal LCT considerations. ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.2397384643555, -124.331497192383, At mouth of Sea Lion Gulch, hardpack trail dumps onto rocky beach, Location: 40.2397537231445, -124.330390930176, A hulking anthropomorphic figure among the breakers. You'll also notice on the map that it says, "Cooskie Creek Route is unmarked and unmaintained. ©Dave Miller. Author. It’s 24 miles in length with very little elevation loss/gain. Camping: available at Cooskie Creek, Telegraph Creek and various flats. The trail is lost at the "lake" on the hill, but keep going forward and it is found again. Tide tables (see below). Don't forget: Pack a tide table to time crossings, Location: 40.2891235351562, -124.357246398926, Blue-sky views over the Pacific. Earmark a long weekend for this 31-miler linking tree-shaded lowlands, old mining homesteads, waterfalls, and a beautiful alpine lake. Accessible water is that way. Cooskie Creek Route is not quite as unmarked as advertised, but try finding that at a distance. Just around 2 miles from Sea Lion Gulch, you will arrive at Cooskie Creek, where you will find a number of campsites resting along the creek. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Notice that this is called a ROUTE, not a TRAIL. Route finding skills necessary." Randall Creek. Wikiloc - Trails of the World {{ title }} {{ subtitle }} Share. A lakeside campsite awaits at the end of this 4.2-miler that passes old-growth cedars, a mining camp, and meadows splashed with wildflowers. Hike up Cooskie creek to the Cooskie Creek Trail and take it up and over Lake and Spanish Ridges, returning down the Spanish Ridge trail to Randall creek and on up the beach back to camp. The Douglas fir is pioneering more and more places so there's getting to be more shade, but they'll take that view. Waterfallin. The last day Nick and I proved our mettle. ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.2196884155273, -124.310234069824, A driftwood camp near the mouth of the Cooskie Creek. Type: Bluff and Creek side On the downhill side of the detour are the remains of another old cabin and a junction with the Cooskie Creek Spur trail. LCT013. There are two old roads that go down and at the junction they are both quite clear. Only problem is access is difficult due to high tide. 1. This includes Cooskie Creek, Randall Creek, Spanish Creek, Kinsey Creek, Big Creek, Big Flat Creek, Shipman Creek and Buck Creek. Location: 40.219601, -124.3106. 1. ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.2871437072754, -124.35733795166, Trail leads to the bluffs above the ocean. You'll also notice on the map that it says, "Cooskie Creek Route is unmarked and unmaintained. Retrace route. Watch for poison oak and ticks. Show more photos Cooskie Creek Route is a 23.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Petrolia, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Junction with Cooskie Spur Trail: About a mile further along the coast we came to Cooskie Creek, which had many great campsites. Remember, it is "unmarked" and "unmaintained".) ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.2696990966797, -124.362602233887, Location: 40.2622184753418, -124.363098144531, Trail pinched by surf and cliffs @ high tide; path picks up in 300 yds. Smaller loops are possible via the Cooskie Spur Route, which starts climbing on an overland portion of the Lost Coast Trail near a cabin ruin. Now its ridiculously overgrown. Location: 40.2196006774902, -124.310600280762. - 2nd night was at Shipman creek. The trail has moved toward the sea to compensate. Cooskie Creek. This is because, as stated really often on the free map you can find at the LCT trailheads, "Cooskie Creek Route is unmarked/unmaintained. This was on the ridge in front of the Cooskie Creek campsite about 8 miles into The Lost Coast Trail. 10 months ago. Going down Spanish Ridge should have been easier because it is supposed to be maintained. The climb was hard without the trail and very easy once I was on it again. Primarily, this is because it goes through grassland. It was easy and marked at first. The Cooskie Creek Trail is now called Cooskie Creek Route. California Trails This 26-mile trek along California's coast should have been a highway...except it was too riddled with cliffs to build on. From Garberville, it should take approximately 45 minutes to travel along the 22 miles of twists and turns that eventually drop you off at the parking area of Black Sands Beach. It was impossible as I came down from the coral to Cooskie Creek where the land has slid, but finding a route wasn't hard. This is because this "route" is very difficult to follow. It took us about 7-8 hours to reach this point from Cooskie with generous stops for picture taking and breaks every hour to hour and a half. Basecamp in a rarely visited basin and take daytrips to several alpine lakes with stunning views on this 17.2-mile, long-weekend backpacking trip. This is because this "route" is very difficult to follow. 2410 125 413. The Cooskie Creek Trail is now called Cooskie Creek Route. Crossing Cooskie Creek may require wading, although there are usually logs for those with good balance. The trail from Cooskie Creek to Randall Creek isn't so much a trail as it is a beach that emerges twice a day at low tide. The Cooskie Creek crossing — 6.5 miles south of the junction with the Lost At the bottom, it is signed, so I definitely got the right trail. This minimalist approach to trail signage is a recurring theme on the Lost Coast. The sun was almost up, but it would be a while before it gets here. Coastal: Lost Coast Trail, CA. The prairies give amazing views. Only the eastern one is official trail. Soaking away dust and fatigue in Cooskie Creek. I only went a few feet extra before turning back and getting back on track. Massive landslides on the steep slopes and contorted rock strata attest to the dynamism and geologic forces at work here. I didn't find it on the other side of the creek and should have looked longer. Unspoiled black-sand beaches, rogue breakers, and craggy mountains form a remote backdrop to this 13.4-mile weekend adventure along the Lost Coast. There isn't and never has been trail up Cooskie Creek itself. Cooskie Creek Trail (Punta Gorda to Spanish Ridge Trailhead) 12.8 miles, 2400 ft. climb, 2300 ft. descent, 2300 ft. climb This trail currently has a break where it crosses private property about 1-mile north of the Spanish Ridge Trailhead. The 11 miles south of the private land … Stories. The Stuart Fork Trail to Emerald and Sapphire Lakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area Views from the Stuart Fork Trail Where there should be trail, there doesn't seem to be any. CCT continues along the Lost Coast, requiring a few hundred feet of boulder hopping before the footing improves as the beach widens at the base of cliffs draped with waterfalls. Cooskie Creek: Crimson sunsets burn extra splen­dor into already fantastic oceanside campsites (permit and bear canister required) LCT014. I passed the remains of a building visible hanging from the cliff as I approached the Cooskie Spur Route. Turn R and return to beach. Some sections need brushing. Photos of Cooskie Creek Route Cooskie Creek Route. Great hike. Furthermore, there are frequent landslides in … Play tag with the pounding surf by day and camp in misty coves by night on this 26-miler along the wildflower-swathed hillsides of the Lost Coast. Hiking here is along the sandy beach going southeasterly, with some rocky, difficult sections that slow progress. Crossing Cooskie Creek: There was a lot of fresh water along the trail and we only carried about a liter at anytime. This 9.6-mile overnight in the Russian Wilderness is pine-studded, alpine lake-riddled, and in-your-dreams beautiful. Elevation gain: 1,578 feet. The Cooskie Creek Trail crosses the creek about 3/4 mile upstream with private property not far beyond. Retrace route. Leaving Cooskie Creek, which soaks into the sand before the ocean, especially at low tide. Be sure to look for signs and use a map. The Cooskie Creek Route has its northwest end a little southeast of Fourmile Creek and climbs up The HJ Ridge, over Gorda 2, and down again to Cooskie Creek passing a junction with Cooskie Spur Route. Location: 40.2889709472656, -124.356101989746, Head S onto black-sand beach littered with driftwood. ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.2339096069336, -124.325202941895, Tricky spot: Pass rocky beach @ low tide. Many of you may be interested in hiking in the "upland" trails in the King Range (King Crest Trail, Cooskie Creek Trail, Rattlesnake Ridge, etc). They purposely do not mark the Cooskie Spur Route. Exercise caution along this stretch as there are many points where there is no place to escape a sudden wave. From the creek, it climbs again up Lake Ridge to Spanish Ridge, where it finishes. On the far side of the creek, it is more clear that the trail is also an old road. It meets the Cooskie Creek Route near a coral with a water trough and campsite. Show more Show less. Cooskie Creek Trail (Cooskie Spur) Unknown There are signs along the trail but there is no defined trail in some sections. Primarily, this is because it goes through grassland. Turn R and return to beach, Location: 40.2196006774902, -124.310600280762, Cooskie Creek: Crimson sunsets burn extra splen­dor into already fantastic oceanside campsites (permit and bear canister required). The first chunk of trees are about 400 feet off and have some water but the next gully looks promising too. Download its GPS track and follow the route on a map. It is all on old roads, but that doesn't mean you'll be able to see where there once was an old road. The creek has cut down into the the debris of the flat leaving little cliffs that grow to quite large cliffs near the rise of the hills. The version of the Cooskie Creek Route that is shared today is certainly an interesting interpretation. LCT013. ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.2198753356934, -124.309661865234, The sun drops below thick clouds. I actually followed a line of cut trees and cow path to get to the trail marker. ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.2872009277344, -124.358596801758, Location: 40.2744255065918, -124.362609863281, Wildflowers lace the verdant hills throughout the Lost Coast. Cooskie Creek Route is a 23.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Petrolia, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is nonexistent! Here, the shuttle will pick you up … Photo of Cooskie Creek in . In a few strides, follow cairns on S side of unnamed creek up bluff, then take user trail to Cooskie Creek Spur marker. ©Dave Miller, Location: 40.255859375, -124.357498168945, Carefully ford gravel bars of Fourmile Creek upstream from where it pours into the ocean, Location: 40.2541084289551, -124.355003356934, Continue R @ Cooskie Creek marker; Spanish Ridge rises to N, Location: 40.2498893737793, -124.350799560547, Punta Gorda Lighthouse: The razor-sharp reefs ripped the hulls of many ships until this short white tower was built in 1911, Location: 40.2492713928223, -124.350082397461, The Punta Gorda Lighthouse is no longer in use. After passing through San Francisco, make a quick stop in Garberville to fill up the tank. Be sure to look for signs and use a map. Redding: Lost Coast Trail to Cooskie Creek. 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