The North Coast’s superlative backpacking destination is a mystifying coastal stretch where narrow dirt trails ascend rugged coastal peaks. Here you'll find volcanic beaches of black sand and ethereal mist hovering above the roaring surf as majestic Roosevelt elk graze the forests. The King Range boldly rises 4000ft within 3 miles of the coast between where Hwy 1 cuts inland north of Westport to just south of Ferndale. The coast became ‘lost’ when the state’s highway system deemed the region impassable in the early 20th century. The area north of the King Range is more accessible, if less dramatic.
In autumn, the weather is clear and cool. Wildflowers bloom from April through May and gray whales migrate from December through April. The warmest, driest months are June to August, but days are foggy. Note the weather can quickly change.
Aside from a few one-horse villages, Shelter Cove is the only option for services.