Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Lost Coast Headlands
west of Ferndale, Humboldt County California


Originally California's Highway One was supposed to closely follow the shoreline along the entire length of the Northern California coast, San Francisco to Eureka. But the daunting topography and active slides of southern Humboldt County, added to the lack of potential traffic, caused the plan to be modified.

Highway One, the "coast highway", turns inland at Rockport and ends at Redway on Highway 101. North of Eureka (and all the way through Oregon and Washington) Highway 101 becomes the coast highway. Please note that the term Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is not used.

This BLM-managed coastal access south of Ferndale gives a graphic example of slide damage where the road has dropped 400 feet down the bluffs, and a coast guard station looks like it will be next. Even the trail down to wild Guthrie Creek Beach keeps slipping away.



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The Fleener Overlook, where the road has collapsed down 400 foot bluffs

(January 20, 2008)


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At the top of the Guthrie Creek Trail on the Lost Coast Headlands

(January 20, 2008)


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The Guthrie Creek trail skirts massive landslides

(January 20, 2008)


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The usually empty beach at the mouth of Guthrie Creek

(January 20, 2008)


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Guthrie Creek Beach, remote and wild

(January 20, 2008)


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At the mouth of Guthrie Creek

(January 20, 2008)


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Log jams in Guthrie Creek at the base of the trail

(January 20, 2008)


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