Lost Coast Trail tides planner
Estimate low tide hiking times for the Lost Coast Trail between Shelter Cove and Mattole Beach

Lost Coast Trail Tide

What this tool does: There are several stretches along the Lost Coast Trail that are inaccessible during high tide. Using astronomical tide data for Shelter Cove, CA, this tool estimates the time windows when these sections will typically be accessible in calm surf conditions. It assumes the tide heights follow a sine wave pattern which is not entirely accurate. Local variations and sea conditions will affect the tide heights as well, and these cannot be accounted for here.

Please check its predictions against the Shelter Cove tide predictions from NOAA. If you spot a discrepancy, please let me know.

In calm surf, most of the Lost Coast Trail is passable when the tide is lower than +2-3 feet.

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2. Accuracy: We cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the data. Tidal conditions can be influenced by a variety of factors, and the predictions provided by the Tool may not always reflect actual conditions.

3. Reference to NOAA Tides For the most accurate and up-to-date tidal information, users should refer to the official tide predictions provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for this station.

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Select your start date and max tide level for hiking window



Tuesday, Dec 05, 2023

Sunrise: 7:22 am, Sunset: 4:50 pm
9 hours, 28 minutes of daylight

Tides

6:00 am, High tide (5.09 ft)
11:49 am, Low tide (3.12 ft)
4:48 pm, High tide (4.33 ft)
11:28 pm, Low tide (1.38 ft)

Estimated periods when the tide will be below 3.0 feet

Low tide hiking window begins after 7:55 pm

Wednesday, Dec 06, 2023

Sunrise: 7:23 am, Sunset: 4:50 pm
9 hours, 27 minutes of daylight

Tides

6:32 am, High tide (5.34 ft)
12:50 pm, Low tide (2.54 ft)
6:13 pm, High tide (4.15 ft)

Estimated periods when the tide will be below 3.0 feet

Low tide hiking window begins after 11:10 am
Low tide hiking window ends around 2:46 pm
Low tide hiking window begins after 9:07 pm

Thursday, Dec 07, 2023

Sunrise: 7:24 am, Sunset: 4:50 pm
9 hours, 26 minutes of daylight

Tides

12:11 am, Low tide (1.75 ft)
7:02 am, High tide (5.63 ft)
1:42 pm, Low tide (1.86 ft)
7:30 pm, High tide (4.17 ft)

Estimated periods when the tide will be below 3.0 feet

Low tide hiking window ends around 2:56 am
Low tide hiking window begins after 11:20 am
Low tide hiking window ends around 4:35 pm
Low tide hiking window begins after 10:27 pm

Friday, Dec 08, 2023

Sunrise: 7:25 am, Sunset: 4:50 pm
9 hours, 25 minutes of daylight

Tides

12:54 am, Low tide (2.12 ft)
7:31 am, High tide (5.95 ft)
2:27 pm, Low tide (1.15 ft)
8:35 pm, High tide (4.31 ft)

Estimated periods when the tide will be below 3.0 feet

Low tide hiking window ends around 3:00 am
Low tide hiking window begins after 11:30 am
Low tide hiking window ends around 5:51 pm
Low tide hiking window begins after 11:47 pm

Saturday, Dec 09, 2023

Sunrise: 7:26 am, Sunset: 4:50 pm
9 hours, 24 minutes of daylight

Tides

1:37 am, Low tide (2.46 ft)
8:01 am, High tide (6.27 ft)
3:07 pm, Low tide (0.47 ft)
9:30 pm, High tide (4.5 ft)

Estimated periods when the tide will be below 3.0 feet

Low tide hiking window ends around 3:14 am
Low tide hiking window begins after 12:30 pm
Low tide hiking window ends around 7:16 pm
Low tide hiking window begins after 1:08 am

Sunday, Dec 10, 2023

Sunrise: 7:27 am, Sunset: 4:50 pm
9 hours, 24 minutes of daylight

Tides

2:20 am, Low tide (2.75 ft)
8:32 am, High tide (6.58 ft)
3:46 pm, Low tide (-0.15 ft)
10:21 pm, High tide (4.68 ft)

Estimated periods when the tide will be below 3.0 feet

Low tide hiking window ends around 3:21 am
Low tide hiking window begins after 12:18 pm
Low tide hiking window ends around 7:42 pm
Low tide hiking window begins after 2:56 am

Monday, Dec 11, 2023

Sunrise: 7:28 am, Sunset: 4:51 pm
9 hours, 23 minutes of daylight

Tides

3:01 am, Low tide (2.99 ft)
9:05 am, High tide (6.86 ft)
4:25 pm, Low tide (-0.66 ft)
11:11 pm, High tide (4.82 ft)

Estimated periods when the tide will be below 3.0 feet

Low tide hiking window ends around 3:23 am
Low tide hiking window begins after 1:11 pm
Low tide hiking window ends around 8:32 pm

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2023

Sunrise: 7:28 am, Sunset: 4:51 pm
9 hours, 22 minutes of daylight

Tides

3:42 am, Low tide (3.19 ft)
9:41 am, High tide (7.08 ft)
5:06 pm, Low tide (-1.04 ft)

Estimated periods when the tide will be below 3.0 feet

Low tide hiking window begins after 1:51 pm
Low tide hiking window ends around 9:42 pm
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Questions about the predictions? It might help to compare the output to the Shelter Cove tide predictions from NOAA.