Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Lost Coast Lighthouse
Lost Coast Lighthouse (Punta Gorda Lighthouse) is located along the most unspoiled stretch of wilderness on the California coastline. No major road approaches the ocean here for over 70 miles, while relics such as the former lighthouse on Cape Mendocino, now relocated to the village of Shelter Cove, speak eloquently of the region’s rich past. From Eureka, travel, 10 miles south on U.S. Highway 101 to the Ferndale exit. Proceed 5 miles on County Road 211 to Main Street in Ferndale. Follow Main Street approximately 1 mile to its end. Turn right on Ocean Street, then immediately left on Wildcat Road. Continue 45 miles to Petrolia. Turn right on Lighthouse Road and travel 5 miles to Mattole Campground. The Lost Coast Trail begins at the Mattole information kiosk and leads south 3 miles to the lighthouse.