Weather

As a maritime environment, the winter temperatures run from 40 to 60 degrees and the summer temps run from 50 to 70 degrees.Temperatures can vary 10 degrees in a few minutes as clouds and fog move in and out.

Winds generally come from the northwest in this area of California. Rather than face the wind, I recommend that you hike southward and keep the wind at your back. Summer winds along the King Crest and Lost Coast Trails are often very strong and erratic.

It could be hot, cloudy, windy, rainy, foggy, misty, or pouring rain. Before your trip you should check the weather but also plan for all types of weather events. Things can and often do change rapidly out here on the coast. Bring a hat for the sun as well as a jacket and pants for the rain.  Prepare for rapid weather changes by bringing plenty of clothing layers. Always carry rain gear on extended hikes.

Sunny weather hikes are still possible in winter during breaks between storms. Scattered showers can linger into early June.

Current Weather – Current weather in and around the Lost Coast

Historical Weather – Historical weather in and around the Lost Coast

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16 Responses to “Weather”

  1. BK 02.22.2015 at 8:26 AM #

    We’re looking at taking the southern route in the spring. Would love to see both wildflowers and views without too much fog. When are our chances best? Thanks!

    • Lost Coast Trails 02.22.2015 at 11:01 AM #

      As you may know, coastal fog can appear in any month. However, the foggiest months along the Lost Coast are July, August and September.
      So, I would recommend you plan your hike in May or June to enjoy the views and the wildflowers.

      Lost Coast Al

  2. Sacha 02.23.2015 at 3:15 PM #

    My friends and I are hiking Kings Range area beginning of April. I was wondering what weather we should expect and what we should watch for wildlife animals, insects and plants. Thanks

    • Lost Coast Trails 02.23.2015 at 7:54 PM #

      By April, hopefully you should be past the huge winter storms and the temperature should be between 43-58. There is little chance of fog. Potential wildlife may include bears, seal lions, and sea otters. Also, you might see grey whales going north to the Arctic feeding grounds. Don’t forget to look for gulls, terns, cormorants and even pelicans. There are virtually no flying insects along the coast due to the breeze. You will see various types of grasses just inland.

      Lost Coast Al

      • tkreagan 01.26.2016 at 4:54 PM #

        I’ve read the temperatures are much warmer inland – what would be likely conditions at Maple Camp or up on the Lightning Trail during late April? And does the absence of insects hold true up there?

        Thanks,

        Tom

      • Lost Coast Ranger 01.27.2016 at 11:01 AM #

        Tom,

        Conditions are highly variable. It could be very windy and rainy or it could be mild and sunny. I’ve seen everything in the spring. The absence of insects is a myth, although it’s never been terrible in my opinion.

  3. Bobina 08.06.2015 at 2:27 PM #

    What are the conditions like in December?

    • Lost Coast Ranger 08.13.2015 at 2:39 PM #

      Generally very rainy, altough sunny and pleasant days are not unheard of.

      “From October to April, the King Range NCA wrings moisture from Pacific storms, making it one of the wettest spots in the U.S. Local weather stations typically average 100+ inches annually of rainfall, and during wet years, 200+ inches can fall along the Lost Coast. Snow can blanket the higher peaks after storms, but typically doesn’t last for long. The coast rarely sees frost or snow. Sunny weather hikes are still possible in winter during breaks between storms. Scattered showers can linger into early June.”

  4. Maya 11.25.2015 at 10:13 PM #

    Thinking of doing the southern route in mid-late March or spring break. Will it be too rainy and worth just waiting for summer?

    • Lost Coast Ranger 11.30.2015 at 9:01 AM #

      Hi Maya,

      Sometimes it’s excellent weather (warm and sunny) and other times it’s pouring down rain – hard to say this far in advance. If you have any flexibility you can wait until a few days before your trip to see what is predicted for the weather. In any case, always plan for all weather conditions as things can change unexpectedly and quickly out on the Lost Coast.

  5. Jamison Bunch 05.10.2016 at 5:37 PM #

    I am going on a week long trip on the lost coast with my boyscout troop, and I was wondering what I should expect from the weather during late July. Also, I am wanting to buy some inexpensive rain and whether proof pants and a jacket? Any suggestions will help.

    • Lost Coast Ranger 05.18.2016 at 7:14 AM #

      Jamison,

      Late July on the Lost Coast will either be hot and sunny or completely socked in with fog. You might experience both in one day. Rain is unlikely.

      From my experience, inexpensive rain gear doesn’t hold up in heavy rain for more than an hour. You’re better off buying something a little higher quality because it will perform when you really need it to.

  6. Amy 07.06.2016 at 12:06 PM #

    I’m considering a lost coast backpacking trip in early September. What kind of weather can I expect? Will it be rainy then?

    • Lost Coast Ranger 07.07.2016 at 8:15 AM #

      I wouldn’t expect it to be rainy then. BUT, you need to plan and prepare for all weather conditions. Weather can be unpredictable and can change rapidly on the Lost Coast.

  7. gayle 07.11.2016 at 7:10 PM #

    Together with two friends, I am planning to hike Mattole to Black Sands in early August. Is three long days with two nights pushing it, or reasonable for most backpackers?

    • Lost Coast Ranger 07.12.2016 at 8:05 AM #

      3 days/2 nights is the normal trip length. Personally, If I have the option, I like to extend it it to 4 days/3 nights for relaxation purposes.

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