Trip report

The Lost Valley / Coast Ridge Loop

Backpacking DATE: 04/12/2019 - 04/15/2019

Trip/Event Location: Big Sur, CA

Trip Leader(s): CJDGO

Max # People: 8

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: Yes, but only to cover shared expenses, and I too am paying

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Few places in the world match Big Sur for scenic grandeur. Visitors flock here to relax under its redwoods, gaze at its spectacular coastline, or seek out the spiri... Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

We’ll meet up at the Orange Line Park and Ride (15330 W Erwin Street at Langdon) at 8:30am (SHARP!) on the morning of Friday, April 12 in preparation for our long (4.5-hour) drive to the trailhead.

Trip Report/Photos
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There is beauty, and then there is something beyond it -- the sublime. Big Sur is like that. Not just run-of-the-mill beauty, but something above and beyond. A place that triggers a sense of something ineffable -- divine, even. As we chatted over lunch after our backpacking trip, we checked our phones for the first time and got word of the destruction at Notre Dame, and that brought to mind the theme of the weekend. Sublime beauty can be found in nature or even, at great expense and with immense focus, in the best human arts -- like the Paris cathedral.

Four days in the wilderness of central California. Deep canyons, waterfalls, wildflowers in riot, craggy peaks, and coast views. By themselves, these things are merely routinely beautiful. But put them together in the company of friends, and it takes on a special dimension. Like when we were walking the coast ridge on Sunday morning and were buzzed by a trio of California condors. Some of the rarest and most magnificent birds that have ever lived.

That is the sublime.



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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Looks amazing! I wasn’t available on that Friday, otherwise I’d have come. - laca90028

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laca90028 Apr 17, 2019 at 7:43 PM

Comment: Looks amazing! I wasn’t available on that Friday, otherwise I’d have come.

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