12.8 miles
2,268 ft
-2,267 ft
1,529 ft
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Black Sands to Horse Mountain Creek is a 13 mile less popular intermediate route located near Shelter Cove California. This hike only route and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 2,268 ft with a max elevation of 1,529 ft then descends -2,267 ft.
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More Stats for Black Sands to Horse Mountain Creek mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    24 ft
  • Altitude start
    111 ft
  • Altitude end
    112 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,980 ft


  1. Walk northwest on Lost Coast Trail (Spanish Flats - Black Sand).
  2. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  3. Turn right onto Horse Mountain Creek Trail.
  4. Continue for 7 kilometers.
  5. Make a sharp left onto King Peak Road.
  6. Continue for 20 meters.
  7. Walk southwest on Horse Mountain Creek Trail.
  8. Continue for 7 kilometers.
  9. Turn left onto Lost Coast Trail (Spanish Flats - Black Sand).
  10. Continue for 3 kilometers.
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Horse Mountain Creek Trail
May 13, 2023 @ 2:06pm
May 13, 2023
Some trees to duck under or hop over but nothing to slow you down too much. This is a relatively easy way to the beach if you’re In the area and the trail is easy to follow. Probably be easier to hike in from Shelter Cove along the beach if the tide is out though. Poison oak and ticks are abundant. Avoiding the PO is easy enough except for the last half mile. The last quarter mile it’s pretty much unavoidable without pushing it aside. If you’re highly allergic wear a face cover, it gets that high. Otherwise you can pretty much get through it with some patience.
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