Lost Coast Trail

photo: Type: Backcountry
Length: 24.80 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: Access at King Range Nat. Conservation Area trailheads.
States: California
Counties: Humbolt
Latitude: 40.28899   Longitude: -124.35596

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Description

24.8 miles, mostly level.
This, most popular King Range hike offers one of the few coastal wilderness hiking experiences in the U.S. Hikers can view sea lions, tidepools, and spectacular spring wildflowers. Solitude can be difficult to find on holiday weekends, so try to plan your hike during weekdays, or the less crowded spring/fall months.
Allow at least three days for the entire hike. Much of the trail is beach hiking with several stretches of 1-2 ft. rounded boulders. Stream crossings may be impassable during/after heavy winter rains (no bridges).
The area near Punta Gorda from Sea Lion Gulch to Randall Creek; and from Miller Flat to Gitchell Creek may be impassable during high tide. Carry a tide table, and when in doubt, hike these stretches during an outgoing tide to avoid being trapped.
Never turn your back on the ocean; large "sleeper" waves can occur at any time, sweeping unsuspecting hikers into the ocean.


Permits are required for overnight use in the King Range Wilderness. Visitors can book their permit reservations on www.recreation.gov. Permits are not required for day-use or in designated campgrounds.

An additional Special Recreation Permit is required for commercial and organized groups. Examples of organized groups are scout troops, social media groups, schools, and universities. Permits must be submitted at least 30 days before your trip. The minimum fee for any commercial or organized group is $105, plus any fees due in excess of the minimum fee. Please contact the King Range Project Office to request a Special Recreation Permit application.

No Special Recreation Permits for commercial or organized groups will be issued for Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day weekends.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1995

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail Info

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.

King Range Conservation Area
768 Shelter Cove Road
Whitethorn , CA 95589
(707) 986-5400
http://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/king-r

 

Photos

Line in the sand. Photo by Spencer Cross.

Line in the sand. Photo by Spencer Cross.

Posing crab. Photo by Spencer Cross.

Posing crab. Photo by Spencer Cross.

 

A  giant tree trunk towers over a person. Photo by Spencer Cross.

A giant tree trunk towers over a person. Photo by Spencer Cross.

The brilliant yellow of the Rattle Snake Grass leads the viewer down a dirt fire road. Photo by Spencer Cross.

The brilliant yellow of the Rattle Snake Grass leads the viewer down a dirt fire road. Photo by Spencer Cross.

 

The warm  light of a campfire illuminates the surrounding trees. Photo by Spencer Cross.

The warm light of a campfire illuminates the surrounding trees. Photo by Spencer Cross.

Trekkers framed by the beach cliffs and tide. Photo by Spencer Cross.

Trekkers framed by the beach cliffs and tide. Photo by Spencer Cross.

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