3-day Stage, 60 Miles
Point to point paradise along California’s longest and remotest stretch of beach trail.
REGISTRATION opens November 1st
- Wednesday through Sunday — July 1-4, 2020
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 collision path between 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.
Wednesday, Day 1: Drive to Camp
We meet our runners Wednesday evening at 4pm in Fortuna CA. We shuttle runners to the Mattole River campground, enjoy a spectacular dinner on the beach, and make final preparations for an amazing 3-day run.
Thursday, Day 2: Run 25-27 Miles with 1,000’ to 4,500’ of Elevation Gain
A full day of beach run/trekking awaits. The trail follows the line of the sand and sea and disappears in and out of rocky bluffs, over streams, through tide flats, and across beaches. We finish the day with a climb up King Mountain and serve dinner out of the Tolkan Campground.
Friday, Day 3: Run 9-20 Miles with 500’ to 3,500’ of Elevation Gain
This day is spent traversing coastal mountains. The single track decent along Chemise Mountain drops into some of the most spectacular beach bluffs, Eucalyptus groves, and ocean vistas on the planet. The run finishes right at the Needle Rock Campground. Don’t be surprised to hang out with the resident elk herd.
Saturday, Day 4: Run 20 Miles with 6,300’ of Elevation Gain
This final day of running combines steep climbs up coastal headlands, culminating in epic vistas of the pacific coastline and equally steep descents into remote beaches. Add in a few pocket groves of coastal Redwoods and it all adds up to a pretty spectacular day on the trail finishing at Usal Beach Campground.
Sunday Day 5: Drive to Fortuna CA
Given the variation and variables in how long it takes folks to finish day 4 we opt to celebrate together on Saturday night and use Sunday as our departure/driving day. We will have runners back to their cars in Fortuna CA between noon and 1pm.
For topographical route information, elevation profiles, and a downloadable .GPX file visit our Caltopo Lost Coast Trail Map
This is a point-to-point trip along a remote section of the California coastline. As such our basecamp will be at a different drive in campground each night. Aspire will provide lively camp amenities for a remote but comfortable “glamp” style experience. Runners will need to provide or rent a personal tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc.
This trip begins and ends in Fortuna CA. All driving in between is provided by Aspire. The closest major airport is Sacramento CA and the closest minor airport is Eureka/Arcata CA. An additional Aspire shuttles from Eureka/Arcata is possible. Personal vehicles are left in the Fortuna CA park and ride.
Course Info Packet
For detailed information about the trail, itinerary, packing and gear lists, menu and dietary information, safety protocols, and trip policies we’ve prepared the Lost Coast Trail Course Info Packet. Share your email and we’ll send you a copy.
Early Bird Registration: $1200. Ends December 31st
Regular Registration: $1300. Ends March 31st
Late Registration: $1400. Closes June 17th 2019
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.