360° VR Panoramas of the Northern California Coast, Coast Ranges, and Redwood Highway
The 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

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

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

Lost Coast Headlands, near Ferndale, California

Date photographed: January 20, 2008
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At the top of the Guthrie Creek Trail on the Lost Coast Headlands

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

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

Lost Coast Headlands, near Ferndale, California

Date photographed: January 20, 2008
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The Guthrie Creek trail skirts massive landslides

The Guthrie Creek trail skirts massive landslides

The Guthrie Creek trail skirts massive landslides

Lost Coast Headlands, near Ferndale, California

Date photographed: January 20, 2008
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The usually empty beach at the mouth of Guthrie Creek

The usually empty beach at the mouth of Guthrie Creek

The usually empty beach at the mouth of Guthrie Creek

Lost Coast Headlands, near Ferndale, California

Date photographed: January 20, 2008
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Guthrie Creek Beach, remote and wild

Guthrie Creek Beach, remote and wild

Guthrie Creek Beach, remote and wild

Lost Coast Headlands, near Ferndale, California

Date photographed: January 20, 2008
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At the mouth of Guthrie Creek

At the mouth of Guthrie Creek

At the mouth of Guthrie Creek

Lost Coast Headlands, near Ferndale, California

Date photographed: January 20, 2008
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Log jams in Guthrie Creek at the base of the trail

Log jams in Guthrie Creek at the base of the trail

Log jams in Guthrie Creek at the base of the trail

Lost Coast Headlands, near Ferndale, California

Date photographed: January 20, 2008
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