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“Take it slow”

Lost Coast Scenic Drive
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Other than the road, which is a series of filled potholes interrupted by occasional pavement, this is the drive to take if you have a full day. You will experience everything from historic Ferndale on the north of this drive (don't pass up the Ferndale Pie Factory around the 500 block of main street, which serves meals as well) to great ocean scenery to the redwoods on the south part of this drive as you travel through the Roosevelt Grove in Redwood National Park.

I took the ride on my Goldwing which I do not suggest unless you have a lot of patience and are willing to take it slow. Bring a camera and a lot of digits (replacement for rolls of film for us older folks). Be prepared to stop often. It is the LOST COAST - so have a tank full of gas and food and water. There are not a lot of services along the way.

1  Thank Gregory F
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

California's Lost Coast is the most beautiful place I have ever been. Eureka, Fort Bragg, Mendocino Headlands, Big Sur. Mother Nature at her best. Beware of ROUGH Roads but it is the prettiest drive!!! Pristine Beauty~

2  Thank Christi L
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

If you follow the road from Ferndale towards Centerville and keep going, past where the tarmac ends you will enjoy some beautiful wild scenery with only a couple of farmhouses along the route. The road winds down and up through steep valleys and there are some great views of the ocean and rugged topography. Eventually you will have to retrace your route.

The other terrific trip is the so-called Wildcat which is the Mattole Rd just outside Ferndale. If you
eventually take Bear River Ridge Road you will dry along a high plateau with spectacular views
across two valleys: on the seaward side you will likely see the fogbank from above but on the
landward side mountains and forests above the valley. You eventually decsend into "Rio Del".

2  Thank phlaccus
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Remote, breathtaking views, twisty mountain roads - what's not to like? This trip was in a car. My other ventures have been on a motorbike. By either mode this is a gem. Wind up in Ferndale and drop in at the Victorian Inn...

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

This memorable, once-in-a-lifetime, type adventure was a visual and sensory delight but somewhat of a driving challenge.

The drive started in Redway on Avenue of the Giants thru lush redwood groves, then winding up and down, and up, down and around mountains (repeat often) to the only undeveloped section of coastline in CA and then back up huge green mountains blooming with fragrant wildflowers and thru valleys to Ferndale. It's a 71 mi drive and it took me about 4 hrs from Redway to Ferndale with only a few stops to take photos, savor the views and enjoy my pbj at the shore.

There is no cell svc., or much of anything else along the way, so be sure the car & brakes are in good shape, fill-up with gas, snacks or lunch and water. You will pass few other cars and there are no homes or buildings for 20 mi in some sections. If you get car-sick, or have health issues, medicate or skip it.

The road is narrow and paved (where it hasn't washed-out and been filled with gravel) with constant curves and switchbacks, hairpin turns, sheer drop-offs and several antique, one lane bridges. It is also a sensory delight as you pass does and their fawns, wild turkeys, lush forests, and best of all - very few or no people. I stayed in 2nd and sometimes 1st gear to keep my brakes from overheating.

Then, after about two hours, I rounded what seems to be the millionth curve and voila! The bright, blue Pacific ocean was right in front of me with the jagged rocks, black sand and rugged mountains along the shore. It was absolutely breath-taking and not another soul there but me :-) I had planned a picnic on the beach, but it was 50 degrees and very windy, so I ate in the car just drinking in the fabulous setting of this "Lost Coast".

As I continued the drive, there still was not another car on the road from either direction, so I could stop, view, photo along about 7 miles of shoreline whenever the views enticed me.

Suddenly, the terrain changed to rolling, green hills and I began another steep climb thru fragrant hills & valleys (with a few panoramic views back to the shore from greater heights) until I drove into a cloud at the top of the mountain. I was in paradise for sure! The diversity of the area made the trip so worthwhile to me.

Note: It is much shorter to get to the "Lost Coast" from Ferndale if you are short of time. Just turn around and go back instead of continuing south on the most difficult and longest part of the road. I was happy to have started in Redway and done all the "work" early in the trip.

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