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Lost Coast of Humboldt County

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 9 April 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


Southern most point of Humboldt County Route 211 along the Pacific Coast. The northern point where the road reaches the beach is at that large rock 'haystack' in the distance. The section runs a mere 5 kilometers (3 miles) - and beach access is limited as much of the area is fenced and posted. But the up side is a beautiful drive through amazing country with very little traffic.

Should you plan to do this drive, I suggest the winter or early spring when the creeks and rivers are full. From mid-summer through the autumn - these streams are dry. The grasses - gold.

Three more images follow as we return to Highway 101.

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Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice point of view…

9 Apr 2009 7:02am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

truly gorgeous Stephen -- a magnificent composition and stunning view!!

9 Apr 2009 7:34am

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

Nice landscape Stephen, i'd love to see it with a force eight blasting in off the Pacific.

9 Apr 2009 7:43am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

A fantastic coastline and perfectly captured. It doesn't appear to be a very touristy area?

9 Apr 2009 9:32am

@Mike: Hey there, Mike - it isn't touristy at all. What you'd find here is 125 kilometers (78 miles) of mountainous winding roadway with one small grocery store. No lodging, no fuel, no services. Three miles of beach with very limited access.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Gorgeous landscape! A wonderful place for a walk!

9 Apr 2009 10:08am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Splendid landscape, a beautiful view and picture.

9 Apr 2009 10:51am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I feel like I'm driving right along, trying to capture this incredible beauty through osmosis....I love it!

9 Apr 2009 12:03pm

grant from kansas city, United States

great view, and i like the soft light.

9 Apr 2009 3:03pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautiful landscape

9 Apr 2009 3:31pm

DenisSm from Prague, Czech Republic

very nice one...i like how empty it is there ....

9 Apr 2009 5:53pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Unbelievable that places like this still exist, uninhabited!!! Lucky us, and lucky you, to have seen this beauty in person!!! Great shot!

9 Apr 2009 6:44pm

LauraS from United States

Nice to travel with you along this special lost coast road and shoreline.

9 Apr 2009 11:03pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Something you´re very good at Stephen.Leading the eye into a shot !! Great scene.

10 Apr 2009 1:47pm