Punta Gorda Lighthouse via Lost Cost Trail is a 5.5 mile out and back trail located near Petrolia, CA, 12 miles (19 km) south of Cape Mendocino, California, within Humboldt County.
Punta Gorda Lighthouse was built in 1911 and was first lit in 1912. After World War II, it was decided that given the remoteness of the station it was too costly to maintain. A lighted buoy was placed offshore, the fourth order Fresnel lens was removed, and the station was boarded up and deactivated in 1951. The keeper's house and all other station buildings were demolished.
Located on a remote section of the King Range National Conservation Area in it is managed by the Arcata Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Access to the area is limited to non-vehicular foot traffic, helicopter air traffic, or by boat from the sea. Alternative access for authorized vehicles is via a short hike from the end of a 4WD road.
blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/Education_in_BLM/Learning_Landscapes/For_Kids/History_Mystery/hm4/punta_gorda.htmlThe lighthouse can be visited in a dayhike, or on a 2 to 5 day through-hike with camping on the beach, either half-way to Shelter cove or complete to the southern end of the Lost Coast at Usal Beach. Each section takes about one day:1: komoot.com/tour/8418519 Mattole to Randall Creek
2: komoot.com/tour/8420255 Randall Creek to Horse Mtn Creek
3: komoot.com/tour/8420259 Horse Mtn Creek-Shelter Cove-Jones Beach (Sinkyone Wilderness State Park)
4: komoot.com/tour/8442837 Sinkyone Wilderness SP -Anderson Gulch
5: komoot.com/tour/8442963 Anderson Gulch to Usal (Southern End)
6: komoot.com/tour/8420215 shuttle back to Mattole
December 6, 2016
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