From the rugged coast of Maine to the serene beauty of Alaska, the United States is full of incredible backpacking destinations.

The Lost Coast Trail in Northern California is one of the best backpacking trips in the US.

Backpacking this route takes you along the rugged coastline of the King Range National Conservation Area, providing some incredible views.

The trail spans 24 miles, so prepare for a two or three-day hike.

The trailhead is located near Shelter Cove, and hikers must pass through several rivers throughout their journey.

It’s also possible to camp along the way – there are official campsites you can reserve in advance or free camping spots found further inland from the coast at various points throughout your hike.

You’ll also need an overnight permit, which you can apply for online at

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