Lost Man

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

This is one of the first rides we documented at Dirty Freehub, circa 2014. Unbeknownst to us then, it has all the qualities of a 5 Star route. Anchor points. Varying terrain. Natural beauty.

This ride showcases Prairie Creek Redwoods state park and Redwood National park. You will ride through meadows where Roosevelt Elk graze and amongst giant redwood trees. You will ride along a creek and on old abandoned logging roads. We really like this route!

Ride Details

From the visitor center, go south towards the Elk Prairie campground. At the far end of the campground, you will find the Davison trail. It kind of starts as a paved road, then gravel road, then a wide single track trail. The Davison trail is an old logging road, the grade is mostly flat and smooth. Keep your speeds in check as this is a multi-use trail. As you pass Elk Prairie and Elk meadows on your left look for Roosevelt elk, the largest elk species in North America. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Lollipop: 29 miles / 3200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 55% gravel, 25% (wide) single track, 20% paved
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ Northern California (Coast)
– Published: March 2020


Moderate. Due to elevation gain / distance ratio exceeding 1.0.

When we like to ride this …

Our preference, is outside of the tourist season. Spring can be particularly beautiful.

The Start

Prairie Creek Redwoods State park visitor center.
Lat / Long:  41.363377, -124.023773

Food / Water



Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track

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  • Kyle says:

    My wife and I rode this route on 12/11 and had a great time. We saw lots of elk, giant redwoods, and no people. Just wanted to say thanks for putting it together and sharing it for others to enjoy!

  • Doug says:

    I rode a part of this ride November 2020 and it was nice. I rode from the elk meadow, through the fire road, to 101, up lost man canyon gravel road to the ridge and then back. The first 6 or 7 miles of the route is through lovely redwoods and the rest is douglas fir and areas that were previously logged. It was a tough climb for my skinny legs. The descent though was fantastic, the lost man creek road is in excellent condition and I rode around 1800 feet of downhill without issue (except smelly disk brakes). Will do the whole thing counterclockwise next time.

  • KevinE says:

    I did this route in January 2020! Thought that climb would never end! LOTS of trees down but nothing impassable. Saw nobody the entire time. Had a standoff with a bull elk. The downhill back to the 101 is crazy fast! Good route ??// By Stuart Parillo.

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