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The Lost Coast Experience (Tour)

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

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The Lost Coast Experience

Straddling the Mendocino and Humboldt County coastline, the Lost Coast is a rugged 100+ mile stretch of undeveloped coastline like any other along the West Coast. The region is home to rugged and windswept beaches, ancient redwood forests, crystal clear creeks and rivers, Roosevelt Elk Herds, elephant seal colonies and so much more. American Safari Company is proud to announce that we're the only fully permitted overland outfitter offering vehicle tours through the Lost Coast.

What To Expect? While your vehicle will be the foundation for this adventure, expect to spend a lot of time outside of your vehicle as well. Some of the things you'll get to experience on the tour:

  • Hike to an abandoned light house and elephant seal colony (3 mile hike)

  • Hike through the world's tallest forest with the largest concentration of 350'+ redwoods

  • Camping and swimming (weather permitting) next to the beautiful Mattole River

  • Impressive views of the Lost Coast from 3,000' up

  • A walk through the quaint seaside village of Mendocino

  • Explore tide pools

  • Traveling through the idyllic dirt backroads of Mendocino & Humboldt Counties

  • Visit hidden locations, like the infamous truck-in-a-tree

  • Experience the black sands beach of the Lost Coast

Creating Memories for a Lifetime

All tour participants will be provided with a professionally edited video (2-4 minutes) of footage form your time on the The Lost Coast.

What Vehicle Do I need?

A Stock 4x4 with all terrain tires can easily take on the Lost Coast, and in fact, most AWD vehicles with AT tires that have decent ground clearance (Subaru, RAV4, etc) should have no issues with our Lost Coast track. Weather & Gear Weather along the tour route can be highly variable. It can be anywhere from mid 50s to high 70s along the coast, and in 90s on the inland portions of the route. We recommend packing for both situations. Overnight lows are typically in the 40s to 50s. Given this tour includes some shorter hikes, we also recommend bring appropriate clothing for hikes up to 3 miles along with hiking boots/shoes. One of our tour guides will go over the complete list of gear to help you prepare for your trip, but at the very least you should have:

  • Cooler/fridge to keep your food fresh for the duration of the trip

  • Food and snacks to last at least 5 days

  • Tent + sleeping bed

  • Full size spare tire

  • Appropriate clothing and footwear given the local weather

  • Hat + sunglasses

  • Camp stove + appropriate fuel source

  • Flashlight

  • Sunscreen + bugspray

  • 1 gallon of water per day (per person)

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