Jun 272008
 

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

I won’t lie to you about the weight of your backpack when you take small children into the wilderness. It is heavy. You end up with the gear and food for 2-3 people and sometimes that gear includes diapers. Regardless of weight, taking your kids on an overnight adventure off the beaten trail is one of the best endeavors you can undertake. My wife and I, along with longtime friends Nate and Claudia Hanson, put together a two night trip along the Lost Coast of Northern California. Four adults and four kids, the youngest being my son at 2 years old.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

I think we made it a few hundred yards away from the trailhead before Finn got tired. We stopped, rested, played, explored, and continued on…another fifty yards. It was a good thing our designated camp was only two miles away! That said, he did finally run out of steam, however, he found a nice seat on top of my wife’s backpack with his but on my pack instead of my shoulders! Onward we went.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

People are often concerned that they don’t know what they’d do if they took their kids backpacking. They are afraid their kids will get bored and won’t have their digital backup entertainment. The reality of taking children away from the computers, video games, and phones, they find entertainment in exploration, in sticks and stones, physical movements involving balance and obstacles. Intuitively, kids get creative when in the natural world.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

This trip proved an amazing first backpacking trip for our families. It was filled with amazing sights, sounds, textures, and good times.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

Backpacking the Lost Coast of California with kids.

  2 Responses to “Backpacking :: Lost Coast of California”

  1. Congratulations on the beautiful pictures and the beautiful trip.
    I would love to do a trip like this with my family.
    May I ask about the details of your hike? Where did you start? Where did you camp?
    Any additional tips you can think of would be great.

    Thanks very much.

    Aryeh

  2. Since our youngest kid was so little, we just headed North from Shelter Cove, Ca., a few miles and camped. The second day we explored further north as a day trip, then returned to camp. This way, we only had to cover 2 miles each day. Point Reyes and Olympic National Park have great kid trips too, as do many other spots I’m sure! Thank you!

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