Avid weekend hiker and backpacker with longer trips when I have the time. Hoping to one day be free from the 9-5 and live to do what I love.
This was a incredible backpacking trip! I wish I could have spent many weeks exploring the King Range. We parked at the Mattole Beach Trailhead and backpacked down to Shelter Cove. We refueled at the general store in Shelter Cove and then headed back on the trail for Mattole. I highly suggest backpacking there and back if you have the time. Hiking on sand is hard and is a different type of challenge than hiking up a mountain. I suggest a waterproof pair of hiking boots, or a good pair of sandals that will not cause blisters. My favorite location on the trail was Spanish Flat. This area was where I truly felt like I was in the wild and away from it all. There were fresh bear tracks on the beach, a sea otter in the stream, and deer watching us from above on the hillside. If you're taking your pup with you, plan ahead! I read a lot of posts where people had issues with there dogs paws and hiking through the sand. I purchased dog booties for my pup just in case, but did not end up using them. My pup had no issues, but I do suggest having booties as an option. As long as you are plan ahead, check the weather, have a tide chart, and make good decisions, you will have a wonderful time on this trek.
This was a incredible backpacking trip! I wish I could have spent many weeks exploring the King Range.
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