Lost Coast Trail

3-day Stage, 60 Miles, Wednesday to Sunday, 2-6 & 9-13 of May 2018  


Description

The Lost Coast Trail is one of the world’s premier wilderness beach treks.  Located on a remote roadless stretch of the Northern California coastline, this trail follows the path of collision between the land and sea. To run this trail is to experience rugged and stunning beaches, sublime ocean vistas, spectacular sunsets, and the diversity of creatures whose life exists in the primeval intertidal universe. This trip is a multi-day supported run where all of the gear, food, beverages, and logistics are handled by Aspire crew.  Folks registering can show up with their personal gear and enjoy the journey. Click here to view an Alltrails course map and elevation profile. 

Itinerary

Wednesday


2:45pm. 1st option to convene in McKinleyville, CA

  • Meet in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express adjacent to the Arcata-Eureka airport
  • Address: 3107 Concorde Drive, McKinleyville, CA 95519

4:00. 2nd option to convene in Fortuna, CA

  • Meet in the parking lot of the Fortuna CA Starbucks
  • Address: 1095 S Fortuna Blvd, Fortuna, CA 95540
  • Depart for Mattole River Campground

6:30. Arrive camp.

  • Aspire will serve an evening meal; conduct a course overview and orientation.
  • Runners pack/prep for an early start.

Thursday


7:00 am. Wake and hot breakfast served by Aspire.

8:00 am. Run.

  • 24 miles from Mattole River Campground to Horse Mountain Camp.
  • 2 Sections of tide-dependent crossing with options for additional elevation and mileage over ridges.
  • Estimated travel 5-9 hours.

1pm-5pm. Course finish. Food. Drink. Relaxation.

6:00pm. Dinner

Friday


7:00 am. Wake and hot breakfast served by Aspire.

8:00 am. Run

  • Optional 7 mile shuttle to Hidden Valley Trailhead.
  • Run 8.6 Miles to Needle Rock Camp.
  • Estimated travel 3-6 hours.

1pm-5pm. Course finish. Food. Drink. Relaxation.

6:00pm. Dinner

Saturday


7:00 am. Wake and hot breakfast served by Aspire.

8:00 am. Run

  • 20 miles from Needle Rock to Usal Beach.
  • Estimated travel 5-9 hours.

1pm-5pm. Course finish. Food. Drink. Relaxation.

6:00pm. Dinner

Sunday


8-9am. Aspire will serve a hot morning breakfast. Pack for home.

10am Shuttle departs for Fortuna CA

Noon. Arrival Fortuna CA.

1:00pm. Arrival McKinleyville CA

Gear

Running Gear: Each runner should come equipped with a personal running pack/vest, hydration system, water filtration, and personal snacks. Aspire has a selection of bars, gels, electrolytes etc. available, but we also encourage folks to bring foods that they are accustomed to for long runs. Running clothing should consist of a layering system that includes a wind/waterproof jacket and an insulative layer. Each runner is required to carry a headlamp and emergency blanket. All runners are encouraged carry a water filtration system and a personal first aid kit to respond to blisters, chafing, and minor ailments. 

Drop Bag: A bag of post-run clothing is essential. This bag should include an insulative jacket preferably down or synthetic, a wind/water resistant outer layer, dry clothing, and dry shoes.

Camping Gear: This course includes camping. Required equipment includes: a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and camp clothing suitable for a seasonally appropriate mountain weather. Personal camping equipment is available for rent with registration. Aspire will provide a group shelter, heaters, a phone/watch/camera charging station, hot showers, and lively camp amenities.

Cost

Registration includes: all shuttles, meals, campground/permit fees and the support of seasoned Aspire Crew.

Early Bird Registration: $900. Ends December 31st

Regular Registration: $1000 Ends February 28th

Late Registration: $1100. Closes April 30th

Click Here to REGISTER

Trip Insurance

Every year we have at least one runner who due to injury, illness, or personal/familial circumstances can not participate in their registered trip.  While registrations can be transferred, Aspire does not issue refunds.  See our FAQ’s.  We strongly encourage each runner to purchase 3rd party trip insurance that will reimburse the cost of registration in the event that you are unable to participate in the event.