Jun 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm #1236952
@cjeiblLocale: San Diego
Does any one have a good gear list for the Lost Coast Trail?Jun 9, 2009 at 6:02 pm #1507084
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Bear canisters are required..Lots of beach(sand walking) Gaiters helped me.. You can get by with 45 degree bag.. Maybe a rain jacket for fog and drizzle….
Sand Dunes near Matolle RiverJun 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm #1507090
@nathanmLocale: Bay Area
I'm assuming you mean either the Kings Range (between Shelter Cove and the Mattole River), or the Sinkyone State Wilderness Wilderness State Park (Shelter Cove south to Usal).
Gear needed for this trip is nothing extraordinary. This time of year, you'll end up with fog and potentially some wind, but I can't imagine lows below 50 or highs above 80 at the absolute, absolute max (assuming you stay on the coast). I'm not sure what the freshwater availability is up there right now, but I often find that that water is frequent enough that I get by tanking up at stops and carrying no more than a half liter of water at a time. Bugs won't be too bad. If you do the Sinkyone, you'll end up brushing up against a lot of poison oak. I'd recommend long pants, and if you're going to be more than a day or two, biodegradable soap so that you can wash the oils off of you. So, my recommendations would be:
A wind-tolerant, but well ventilated (b/c of fog) shelter. You'll have more options if you can pitch it on sand, so you'll need either extra guylines that you can tie around driftwood, some fat stakes, or a freestanding shelter. I often camp on the beach with just a groundcloth, but the wind can pick up.
Clothing that gives you a few light layers to play with, but no need for high-loft clothing. You should prepare for fog and wind, but I often go without raingear of any kind.
A bear can (required for the Kings Range, not a bad idea for the Sinkyone; can rent when you get your Kings Range permit).
For the Kings range, whatever footwear you need to be comfortable with mild stream crossing and/or dancing in and out of the tide (I usually just go barefoot for crossings there). For the Sinkyone, unless you have very strong ankles, it can be a good idea to wear hiking boots even with a UL load.
Stove: on the beach sites (all along the coat trail in the Kings Range, most of the Sinkyone), there's typically plenty of driftwood cookfires if you want to take that route.
The rest, and how you meet the above, is pretty much up to you. Any of the three-season sierra gear lists on this site will work. I find the lost coast to be an especially forgiving place to camp in the summer, unless you are particularly skittish about poison oak.Jun 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm #1507351
@lithiummetalmanLocale: Cesspool Central!
I've done the LC twice, once with an old g/f and the other time solo
Solo list (from what I can remember)
Backpack: Arc Teryx Bora 50
Shelter: Integral Designs Salathe Bivy
Sleeping bag: Moonstone Redrock 650
3/4 Thermarest from the 90's
Clothes: 2x pairs of smart wool socks
Golite rain jacket
REI Fleece hoodie
Accessories: 10 essentials
Cooking: Snowpeak Giga stove
MSR alpine bowl
Bear Canister (Garcia)
Clothes worn: Wente work shirt
REI Sahara pants
Montrail Hurricane Ridge GTX
Leki trekking poles
It would have been nice to have gone UL, but at that time was working as a guide and my gear had to meet BS regulations…lucky enough to get away with the bivy!
Was lucky, every day was sunny and clear, I think I had fog only once out of the 4 days I was there. The southern portion, that poison oak is something fierce!
Gear list for 2nd time
Everything the same as the first list except for the following changes
Shelter: Big Agnes Seedhouse 2
Sleeping Bag: Western Mountaineering Ultralite
Still used the same setup, the girl I was dating at that time wanted to be comfortable! So we did the LC comfy style!
The second time was also clear and sunny every day, except for one day when we were socked in by fog (over by the light houses)
Hope this helps!Jun 14, 2009 at 9:14 pm #1508184
@cjeiblLocale: San Diego
Thank you for your suggestions.
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