Lost Coast Ride
Here's your opportunity to explore the scenic Lost Coast in Northern California. The Lost Cost is a remote area of the California Northern Coast in Humbolt and Mendocino Couties, which includes the Kings Range. It was named the "Lost Cost" after the area experienced depopulation in the 1930's, In addition, the steepness and related geo-technical challenges of the remote coastal mountains made this stretch of coastline too costly for state for state highway or county road builders to establish routes through the rugged lanscape, leaving it the most undeveloped and remote portion of the California Coast.
Your adventure begins at the coastal town of Fort Bragg located along the scenic State Route 1 in Mendocino County California. You will travel north on this scenic route until it veers into a redwood grove, at this point your off-road adventure begins into rugged and remote lanscape known as the Lost Coast. You will have the opportunity to explore remote beaches and scenic overlooks along the Pacific Coast including many miles of remote redwood groves.
After exploring the remote Lost Coast to will have the opportinity to visit the small coastal community of Shelter Cove including the historic Cape Mendocino Lighthouse. After visiting the historic lighthouse and having luch in Shelter Cove your off-road adventure continues through the rugged Kings Range. This scenic stretch continues north throgh thick redwood groves with scenc view of the Pacific Coast. Continuing on you will arrive in the small community of Honeydew located along the scenic Mattole River. From Honeydew your adventure continues on a scenic curvy road along the Mattole River to remote community of Petrolia located in Humbolt County. The first white settlers originally named the the place New Jerusalem, when the first oil was pumped in 1865 it was renamed Petrolia. It was the site of the first oil well drilled in California. After a bite to eat your adventure contiues along the Mottole River to the remote Mottole Beach campground.
Mattole Beach is a great location for an ocean view campsite but the Mattole River campsites may be a better choice if the coast is experiencing fog which can become quite cold and windy. The secluded Mattole River Valley campgrounds are located only 10 miles or less from the Pacific Coast but when the coast is experiencing foggy weather conditions the temperature difference between the coast and the Mattole Valley can seem like the difference between summer and winter. From the Mattole River Valley your adventure continues west along the curvy Mattole River Road to the small town of Petrolia which is located on the Mattole River about 3 miles inland from the Mattole Beach campground. Petrolia was originally named New Jerusalem, when the first oil was pumped in 1865 it was renamed Petrolia, it was also the site of the first oil well drilled in California.
Petrolia has a small downtown area with a local general store, a single pump gas station and one restaurant. After your visit in the town of Petrolia travel about 5 miles west on the curvy Mattole Road until you reach a remote and scenic stretch of coastline. This remote area of coastline has a scenic beach inhabited by free-ranging cattle which stretches over 5 miles north before Mattole Road veers inland and heads towards the well-preserved Victorian village of Ferndale. During the 1880ís the dairy industry generated considerable wealth in the Ferndale area that provided the ability for the townís people to construct an impressive Victorian village. After your visit at the historic Victorian village of Ferndale travel north on Hwy 101 about 15 miles to the coastal town of Eureka Ca. Eurekaís coastal location on the Humboldt Bay adjacent to the Redwood Forest provided a rich environment for the birth of this 19th century seaport town. Humboldt Bay is also the second largest bay in California and played a major role in north coast timber industry during the Gold Rush era.
Multi-Day Ride (20 Rider Max)
One Night Hotel in Fortuna CA. (Hotel NOT included)
*Riders are responsible to Book their Hotel Reservations.
*Redwood Riverwalk Hotel” 1859 Alamar Way Fortuna CA
Additional Hotels available nearby Best Western, Super 8
Camping optional, Riverwalk RV Park (Camping NOT included)
This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for medium to large dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated "mild to moderate" with some "challenging" and lots of adventure.
Ride distance 300+ miles (60+ miles dirt roads)
Gas stops (120 mile range required)
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner at restaurants (meal NOT included)
Date: June 23-24, 2018
Meeting time: 9:00 a.m.
Meeting location: Starbucks Fort Bragg
Ride returns to Fort Bragg CA (aprox. 4pm)
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