Lost Coast Trail

3-day Stage, 60 Miles

Our inaugural trip to the Lost Coast was an incredible success. We are stoked to announce 2 return trips for 2019! Each will be limited to 14 runners. Chances are high we’ll sell out. Sign up today to be a part of this incredible adventure. 

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Dates

Wednesday through Sunday. June 19-23 and June 26-30, 2019

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 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.

Map

For topographical route information, elevation profiles, and a downloadable .GPX file visit our Caltopo  Lost Coast Trail Map

Photo Gallery

For images and inspiration from the trip visit our Lost Coast Photo Gallery

Course Overview

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: 25-27 Miles. 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: 9-20 Miles. 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: 20 Miles. 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.

Course Info Packet

For detailed information about the trail, itinerary, packing and gear lists, menu and dietary information, safety protocols, and trip policies consult  the 2019 Lost Coast Trail Course Info Packet.

Cost

Early Bird Registration: $1100. Ends December 31st

Regular Registration: $1200. Ends March 31st

Late Registration: $1300. Closes June 17th 2019

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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.