Lost Coast Drive
rom the Town House Motel in Eureka, it’s 14.4 mi south on US 101 to Exit 692 where you turn toward Ferndale on the Lost Coast Drive for this 4 hour round trip drive on a road through California’s only coastal wilderness, where no development or major roads come near the ocean.
Mattole Road (the “Wildcat”
Route from Ferndale, take the Mattole Road (the “Wildcat”) south toward Petrolia. After rolling through a high alpine forest, you’ll come to a former stagecoach stop called Capetown. From this point the road takes a steep drop to the sea and touches the ocean at Cape Mendocino, following the shore for six miles near Cape Mendocino, then turns inland along the Mattole River. Continue on through Honeydew, out of the Mattole River Valley and into Humboldt Redwoods State park where you can return via 101, heading north to Eureka.
This wild and spectacular scenic drive is the closest you can come to the Lost Coast without a backpack. Route includes Victorian Ferndale, high alpine forests, and the water’s edge, along the northern edge of King Range and then to the redwoods of Humboldt Redwoods State park. Note that the road can be narrow, windy and bumpy in places.
You will enjoy incredible ocean vistas, sweeping grasslands, tiny rural towns and coastal forest in this extremely isolated section of California coastline.
For those who like to leave the “beaten path,” Instead of heading east when your reach Petrolia, go southwest towards the coast along Lighthouse Road 5 miles, park and hike another 3.5 to visit the Punta Gorda Lighthouse. MAP to lighthouse. This side trip will add a couple of hours to your trip so prepare, bring water and snacks.
Lost Coast Drive (US 101, Exit 692 near Worswick, CA) 14.4 mi)
Tags: Lost Coast Drive, Lost Coast, Ferndale, Mattole Road, The Wildcat, Eureka California
Eureka Area Outdoor Activities Guide
On foot, bicycle, motorcycle or car, so much to see and do!
Within walking distance, a short hop in your car, or a day-long driving loop with lots of stops along the way, you will find some of the most beautiful outdoor experiences in the world outside your door. Eureka, California and the Town House Motel make a great place to stay while exploring the Northern California coastal, forests, foothills and mountains by trail or winding road.
Over a dozen parks provide access to Redwood giants within an easy day drive north and south of Eureka; winding coastal roads take you to breath-taking coastal mountain and ocean views. Welcome to Eureka – are you ready for your outdoors adventure? View Eureka Outdoor Activities guide.
Hotels In Eureka California: Town House Motel
The Town House Motel - Historic Old Town Eureka, is located on the scenic Northern California Coast, home to the world’s tallest redwood trees and miles of stunning coastline. Conveniently located in downtown Eureka, the The Eureka Town House Motel is near historic Old Town, a National Historic District possessing some of the most spectacular Victorian architecture in the nation. The Morris Graves Museum of Art is a few blocks away from the Motel. Humbolt Redwoods State Park, home to the largest contiguous redwood forest in the nation, is 40 miles to the south.
Rooms feature free Wi-Fi and wired internet; wall mounted flat-screen TVs with DISH satellite service and 9 HBO channels. Rooms are equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. Covered parking is free and dogs are welcome – and ALL calls in the 48 US contiguous states are FREE (local, 1+ and 800).Town House Motel is rated for the best value in Eureka! Guests get more for their money when compared to other hotels in Eureka. As a result, we have been a top TripAdvisor hotel for years and work very hard to earn your trust and maintain that status. Take a few moments to read our Guest Reviews and see what others have to say.