King Range Trail

Spectacular mountain trails with wide ocean views in northern California's Mendicino County. The King Range contains over 70 miles of hiking trails spanning from the beach to the highest peaks. Most of the upland trails are strenuous due to the steep rugged nature of the area.

photo: View from the King Range National Recreation Trail Type: Backcountry
Length: 10.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Above the Pacific coast near Ettersberg and Whitethorn.
States: California
Counties: Medocino
Latitude: 40.13037   Longitude: -124.09681

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Description

The King Range National Recreation Trail is managed by the Bureau of Land Management from the Arcata Field Office in the King Range National Conservation Area. Trail scenery includes coastwalking as well as mountain meadows, old-growth forests and ridgetop vistas. Routes through coastal chaparral offer hikers an interesting contrast to the northern leg of the Lost Coast Trail. Hikers can also continue for 22 more miles through redwood groves and fern clad glens of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.

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 contains over 70 miles of hiking trails spanning from the beach to the highest peaks. Most of the upland trails are strenuous due to the steep rugged nature of the area. In addition to mileage, pay attention to the elevation changes listed in the trail descriptions. A number of connector trails allow for loop hikes (Saddle Mountain, Rattlesnake Ridge, Buck Creek Loop Hike) taking in the King Crest and Lost Coast Beach. The BLM maintains the King Range backcountry as a wilderness setting, so expect no facilities and minimal signing on trails.

A new self-service permit system is now in place for the King Range National Conservation Area, affecting hikers and backpackers who plan to spend at least one night in the back country, including the popular Lost Coast Trail.

The free permits, which also serve as California campfire permits for the King Range, are available in self-service boxes at King Range trailheads, at the King Range Office in Whitethorn and at the Bureau of Land Management Arcata Field office in Arcata. Hikers will be asked to complete a brief form, leaving one part in the permit collection box or at the office, and keeping the second part with them while in the King Range.

The King Range Crest Trail, which has been designated a National Recreational Trail. It was certified in 1971, one of the first trails in the United States to be so honored

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1971

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Bureau of Land Management
555 Leslie St.
Ukiah , CA 95482


(707) 986-5400

 

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