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.
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Arcata BLM-Lost Coast Hikers
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.
- 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.
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.