We shall be known by the tracks we leave behind.
June 14, 2015
Miller Flat Campground to Jones Beach Campground 17.5 miles
BIG DAY! What I came for. Bear prints on the beach.
Walking in early morning fog, hopping rocks, and listening to the hum of our group’s chatter, I was happy. Well except my feet. New strategy: Try Dan’s shoes for the first part of the day.
A short bit after Miller Flat Campground, fresh bear tracks appeared coming straight down from the mountain strolling along the beach. It almost looked like the small bear was joining us for a hike.
The fog lifted as we finished the northern section of The Lost Coast Trail at Shelter Cove. My feet situation was not good. Turns out my feet are now bigger than Dan’s. Next strategy: Hike in crocs.
After thoroughly taking advantage of the facilities at the Shelter Cove trail head (flush toilet, garbage, and water), we headed up to tackle the 3 mile uphill (at least 2000 feet) very dangerous, narrow, hot, and busy asphalt road walk. This 3 mile road connects the northern and southern Lost Coast sections. It is not fun and a bit crazy to do. Not recommended.
However, on the very bright side, we were all very surprised that the road walk lead right to the Shelter Cove Store. All of us promptly, laid out wet gear on the porch, bought lunch and treats, then sat in the shade like we owned the place. True evidence, once a thru-hiker always a thru-hiker. I was full of happiness.
Shelter Cove Store is the perfect resupply option with a great choice of fresh organic and healthy food (and unhealthy food). After sitting around a bit, we all were concerned with the dangerous road walk ahead of us and were discussing ways out. After walking a bit, a small truck stopped by Dan and offered a ride. All I saw was Wired and Dan sprinting up the road throwing backpacks into the truck bed (I wish I had a video of the spectacle). One and one half miles later, we where hiking on trail under forest canopy.
The southern section travels primarily on inland trail emerging briefly with breathtaking views of the ocean. Wired was very happy and in her element walking on trail lined with lush green ferns and deep forest (just be ready to dodge a ton of poison oak). Tonight we have a sweet camp set-up with an ocean view.
Croc update: Walked in them for over 10 miles and was very happy.