California's Lost Coast received its name after the population vanished, not mysteriously just coincidentally, in the 1930s. The area is mostly undeveloped because of the coastline terrain. Had it been developed it would have a similar look to Big Sur; however, fortunately for us adventurous folks it would be a project that never was.
The Lost Coast is one of the most gorgeous coast regions of California from a natural perspective. Over 60,000 acres belong to the King Range National Conservation Area which keep the area undeveloped on. The Sinkyone Wilderness State Park also shares parts of the Lost Coast.
The few roads that intertwine the area are generally free and clear of traffic except for people like yourself wishing to venture into the uninhabited wilderness. Mattole Road is the main route in and out of the area. If you don't have one, now would be a good time to invest in a map because Mattole Road may be a little hard to find. Fortunately everyone who lives in the area should be able to point you in the right direction.
The Mattole Road ride is pretty amazing and encompasses what I describe as Northern California. Apparently I am not the only one as National Geographic labeled it as one of the 36 most scenic drives in the country. You will see everything from a Victorian picturesque town, to sheer cliffs, black sand, cows strung about, and giant redwoods.
The road runs from Ferndale to the Avenue of the Giants, both off Highway 101. There are plenty of places to stay near Ferndale and of course in the Avenue of the Giants. Make sure to drive through the Lost Coast if you find yourself up North.
Photos courtesy of TGray Photography