A spectacular, 64,000 acre coastal wilderness on California's mysterious Lost Coast, offering camping, hiking and wildlife viewing.
With landscaping too rugged for highway building, the King Range National Conservation Area covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.
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.
Nearly 300 species of native and migratory birds have been spotted in the King Range making it a birders paradise. The old-growth forest is important habitat for the northern spotted owl, bald eagle and coopers hawk.
The King Range contains over 70 miles of hiking trails spanning from the beach to the highest peaks. Hiking Suggestions.
Offshore rocks, tidepools and kelp beds are inhabited by seals, sea lions and a variety of marine birds. California grey whales can be spotted offshore in winter and spring.
The mountains are a mix of Douglas-fir forest, chaparral and grassland, providing habitat for blacktailed deer and black bear.
A herd of Roosevelt Elk roams the area from Chemise Mountain south into Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.
Curiously, although this is the wettest spot in California, hot dry summer winds make the King Range too dry to support the redwood forests that surround it on three sides.
Campgrounds are open all year and require no reservations go to website for full details.
Transportation: The BLM has a list of individuals and/or organizations that have been issued a special recreation use permit for the purpose of transporting people on public land in the King Range National Conservation Area. Follow this link: King Range Shuttle Service
ALL INDIVIDUALS AND NON-ORGANIZED GROUPS NEED A BACKCOUNTRY USE PERMIT: These FREE permits, which also serve as California fire permits for the King Range, are available at self-service boxes at King Range trailheads, at the King Range office in Whitethorn Phone: 707-986-5400 and at the Arcata Field Office in Arcata. Permit Information
For more information on this area go to the Garberville/Redway Chamber of Commerce
Southern Access: Take the Briceland/Shelter Cove Road from Redway (adjacent to Garberville) to access via Shelter Cove.
Northern Access: Take the Mattole Road exit from Hwy 101 (near Weott) and follow through Honeydew and Petrolia, or join the Mattole Road from the other end at Ferndale.