Buck Creek to Black Sands Beach (Shelter Cove) – 7.2 miles
Total trip – 28.4 miles (This completes the Southern portion) by far the most popular.
I could have hiked this entire section in one long and arduous day, but I’m glad I didn’t! The views were too amazing. This hike to shelter cove was easy. I was up early admiring the ocean yet again. This time I got a little antsy and left before everyone else. I probably left around 8 am, and arrived at shelter cove around 11:30 am. I really had to poop, so that propelled me into town. Options for the ol #2 are going where the high tide will sweep it away, or up the creek which was probably everyones water source, and poison oak was everywhere. I chose to make it to town.
The first thing I realized when I left camp was… I was completely isolated. There was no one around. We had been seeing people, a lot of people, over the last couple days. This morning I felt completely alone, and I loved it.
Water sources are a plenty on the Lost Coast Trail, as many streams flow down from the mountains, as the ocean fog will keep replenishing. At times, this section of the trail was quite rocky. At other times, you could walk barefoot. Oh man, I love walking (sorry, “hiking”) barefoot on the beach.
Time to relax. No rush, only 7 miles to town, and I am pretty much done by 11 am.
Roc Doc caught me on the last mile, and we hiked together into Black Sands Beach parking lot with pizza on our mind. We noticed Shelter Cove was 2 miles up “the hill” as the locals called it. Screw that, it’s like a 3000 ft mountain. We hitched a ride into town from one of the local caretakers of the recreation areas and had some lunch at the cash only (only place open) deli.
Everyone else rolled in around 2-3 pm and we paid for a stupid campsite next to the cash only (only place open) deli. Beer in shelter cove costs $15 for a 6 pack. This town is not very hiker friendly at all. So we ignored the weird stares, put up with the grumpy old guy that owns the only wifi in town, and drank as much as we could.
All in all, a good day.