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Arcata BLM Field Office- The Arcata BLM Field Office oversees land once home to the Sinkyone and Mattole Indians where they fished and hunted among the scenic shores, tumbling streambeds, open grass flats and dense conifer forests.

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Description - A spectacular meeting of land and sea is certainly the dominant feature of the King Range National Conservation Area. Mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf; a precipitous rise unsurpassed on the continental U.S. coastline. King Peak, the highest point at 4,087 feet, is only three miles from the ocean.

The King Range covers 60,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Here the landscape was too rugged for highway building, forcing State Highway 1 and U.S. 101 inland. The remote region is known as California's Lost Coast, and is only accessed by a few back roads. The recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the landscape. The Douglas-fir clad peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers, and abalone divers to name a few.

Attractions - The recreation opportunities on the King Range National Conservation Area are as diverse as the landscape. The Douglas-fir clad peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers, and abalone divers to name a few. There are five developed campgrounds within the National Conservation Area in addition to several primitive camping areas.

King's Peak, elevation 4,087 feet, is an outstanding feature of the landscape. Adjacent to the south end of the King Range National Conservation Area is the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.

See the Arcata BLM Field Office for detailed recreation information.

Recreation - The wilderness beach trail, the Lost Coast Trail, is one of the most attractive features of the King Range Conservation Area. The King's Crest Trail and Chemise Mountain Trail are both designated National Recreation Trails. Both are in the King Range Conservation Area.

Additional recreation opportunities include surfing, picnicking and overnight camping. Fishing, including salt water angling for salmon and onshore fishing for perch or cod, is also a major attraction to the area.

Climate - Fog hangs along the coastline for much of the year, keeping the hot summer temperatures a bit milder. The rainy season lasts from October to April, with winter temperatures dropping into the 40s.

Location - Take Highway to Redway, turn on Briceland road heading west toward the coast. The King Range Conservation Area Visitor Center is located on the Shelter Cove Road just past the turn off to Whitethorn and the bridge over the Mattole River.


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Ranger Tip: BEAR ALERT: In the King Range National Conservation Area, black bears are becoming increasingly aggressive and have recently torn into backpacks and occupied tents in search of food or other scented items. These bears have learned that there is a good probability of success with this method. To stop this association of humans as an easy food source you MUST use a hard-side, bear-proof food storage container (manufactured specifically for this purpose) for storing ALL food, trash, toiletries (i.e. soap, sunscreen, toothpaste) and other scented items. Bears are very successful at retrieving items hung in trees, buried in the ground, covered with rocks or logs, and left in tents or packs. Bear canisters are required for every backpacker in the King Range. Please plan ahead. Bear canisters are available for rent for $5.00 per canister (a $75.00 credit card deposit per canister is required) at the following locations: the King Range Project Office (1/4 mile west of Whitethorn Post Office on Shelter Cove Rd), the Arcata Field Office (1695 Heindon Rd, Arcata), the Shelter Cove Campground and Deli (2 miles from the Black Sands Beach trailhead), the Petrolia Store (5 miles from the Mattole trailhead). These canisters have a 600 cubic inch capacity and provide one person with storage for no more than 3 days worth of food, toiletries, etc. It is your responsibility to properly store all of the items listed above. The bears will get anything left out!

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Report: I was up on King's Peak around Aug. 1st 2002. Lots of mosquitos. Great views although clouded with smoke from the forest fires up North. After hiking a ways from the Lightning Trailhead, we forked left toward Maple Camp to check it out. Nice and shaded by the Creek bed, but the mosquitos would probably be outrageous. We had to descend quite a ways to see the camp. Next time I would take the right fork straight up to the peak.


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Contact Information:
Arcata BLM Field Office, 1695 Heindon Road , Arcata, CA, 95521-4573, Phone: 707-825-2300, Fax: 707-825-2301

Additional Information:
Arcata BLM Field Office - The Arcata BLM Field Office oversees land once home to the Sinkyone and Mattole Indians where they fished and hunted among the scenic shores, tumbling streambeds, open grass flats and dense conifer forests.
North Coast Region - The North Coast Region, stretches over 400 miles of rugged coastline from San Francisco to the redwood forests near the Oregon border. Inland are some of California's best vineyards and quaint villages.

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King Range National Conservation Area - Official site for the King Range National Conservation Area

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