How do I get to Lost Valley?
From the Ralphs parking lot, continue on Hyw 79 South past Butterfield Stage Rd for 23 miles. You will probably lose cell phone service within 5 miles of here as you head into the hills.
Along the way you'll pass Vail Lake, Stagecoach Inn, Aguanga, a stop sign, County Line BBQ, Oak Grove and the historic Butterfield Stage station, an abandoned DVO biker bar, and just around the next bend, the turnoff to Chihuahua Valley Road and the Hawkwatch Winery.
Stay on Chihuahua Valley road for 6 miles. The first part is winding and has a hairpin turn, the latter part on the plateau is straight. Along the way you might see llamas, a camel, and a giant Buddah statue. When the road makes a sharp right, watch for oncoming traffic, but continue straight onto the dirt road which is to the right of the homes.
The dirt road should be about 2 lanes wide and resonably well maintained. You'll see a hippie camp within 1 mile and a few ranches. Watch for the Lost Valley Scout Law mileposts along the way and the Pacific Crest Trail crossing between miles 5 and 6. Watch for 2 way traffic - speed limit is 15 mph for 10 miles.
The GPS coordinates for the Lost Valley mailbox and start of the 10-mile dirt road are:
|N 33 23.086||W 116 39.179|
You may also use 31422 Chihuahua Valley Road Warner Springs, CA 92086
Please see the NYLT website maps page.