Best trails in King Range Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in King Range Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in King Range Wilderness ranging from 4.8 to 48.4 miles and from 36 to 4,091 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
From beaches to high peaks commanding outstanding vistas, the King Range Wilderness is the wildest portion of the California coast. Indeed, the King Range is the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the United States outside of Alaska. Botanists consider the region's dune system extremely unique in that the aggressive introduced European dune grass has not yet encroached, as it has on most coastal dunes north of San Francisco. Rare coastal ancient forests of Douglas fir, madrone, and tan oak dominate the Honeydew Creek watershed. Endangered species include leafy reedgrass, California brown pelican, steelhead trout, Chinook and Coho salmon, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, northern spotted owl, and Roosevelt elk. The California Coastal Trail traverses the entire length of the area. In 2000, President Clinton designated the rocks and islands just offshore as the California Coast National Monument. Mountains, forests, streams, and coastal bluffs of the King Range Wilderness provide homes for the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, osprey, spotted owl, Roosevelt elk, otter, gray fox, black bear, and other wildlife.
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Map of trails in King Range Wilderness
Park information
Acreage
42695 acres
Contact
707-825-2300
Top trails (16)
#1 - Lost Coast Trail: Mattole to Black Sands Beach
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 25.3 mi • Est. 11 h 15 m
A backpacking trip along California's most undeveloped stretch of shoreline. The Lost Coast is an 80 mile stretch of the California coast where the builders of Highway 1 decided to go around because Show more
#2 - Lost Coast Central Stretch
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
Central portion of the Lost Coast Trail. Start in Shelter Cove, pack in to Gitchell Creek where you set up camp. Day hike to Shipman Lagoon and Big Beach, then back.Show more
#3 - Cooskie Creek Route
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 23.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Multi day trip to Cooskie Creek.  Hike up Cooskie creek to the Cooskie Creek Trail and take it up and over Lake and Spanish Ridges, returning down the Spanish Ridge trail to Randall creek and on up thShow more
#4 - Punta Gorda Lighthouse Via Lost Cost Trail
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Punta Gorda Lighthouse Via Lost Cost Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Petrolia, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primShow more
#5 - King Peak Trail
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
King Peak Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Garberville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#6 - Paradise Royale
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 6 h 4 m
Paradise Royale is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Whitethorn, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
#7 - Lost Coast - King Range Loop
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 44.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
A four-day trek beginning at Shelter Cove. Camp the first night at Buck Creek and hike the next day to King Peak at 4,000 ft. Camp at Miller Loop camp where there is a freshwater spring nearby. Hike Show more
#8 - Kinsey Creek to Rattlesnake Ridge and Kings Crest Trail
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 20.3 mi • Est. 11 h 20 m
This trail starts at Kinsey Road Trailhead, but if you car doesn't make it all the way to the trailhead you can park earlier along the road and walk the rest of the way. From the trailhead you go downShow more
#9 - King Crest Trail
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 9 h 22 m
King Crest Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Garberville, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
#10 - Spanish Ridge Loop Trail
King Range Wilderness
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 7 h 18 m
Spanish Ridge Loop Trail is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Garberville, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number oShow more
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