Looking for a great trail in King Range Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, views trails, walking 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 11 moderate trails in King Range Wilderness ranging from 4.6 to 48.4 miles and from 36 to 4,074 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Great hike! LOTS of bear tracks and coyote tracks. Saw deer, otters and seals. Lots of poison oak! Perfect weather!!

Easy trail, beautiful nature.

Beautiful coast, especially when sea lions appear. On sunny days the water becomes so green.

Hi! Any extra permits for Tues 9/24-9/26? I've got some days off work and I'd like to do the Mattole to Shelter Cove hike. Email me - lowtide@riseup.net

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29 days ago

Excellent conditions for an epic hike. There were overland options in almost all the pinch points and it wasn’t as hard as I was thinking it was going to be, but I was absolutely tired by the end. I was very glad that we had an extra large bear can to store all our food and stinky stuff. There were lots of bear tracks and we had a few watching us our second night when we camped at Shipman creek. Looking forward to coming back and exploring more of this area of Northern California.

Amazing experience- due to high low tides we needed to start our hikes early in the morning (3am on Sunday and 4am on Monday) in order to get through impassable zones. Great weather, no bugs, beautiful views. Would recommend downloading map showing your GPS.

Epic hike. I'm 57 and trained about 4 months. It paid off and made the adventure more enjoyable. A couple of general suggestions: - get the latest tide charts vs annual booklet - the tide charts are not every hour, so you'll need to estimate your start - do not rely on the shuttle driver for tide advice - train your hip flexors and calves specifically (legs, core, butt, back as well) - walking in the beach it helps to follow in someone else's footprints as they've already packed the sand a bit A couple of gear tips for consideration: - 2 pairs of thin merino wool socks = no blisters. - walking stick(s) really help; stream crossings, walking on mid sized rocks/boulders, dry sand - short range walkie-talkies really helped. We were a group of 8 and got spread out. Nice to know where everyone is. - gaiters if you're wearing shorts on the beach. Otherwise long pants were fine. - a toques/ beanie for the wind and when the fog comes in - plenty of streams for water refill. I used a MSR filter others had iodine tablets. Both worked. If using the tablets crystal flavor packets cut the iodine taste - first aid kit - moleskin or duct tape were shared. Advil :-) - I replaced my insoles with Dr Sholes and they helped - no soar heals - Bluetooth speaker. A little music keeps the spirits up. - sun protection : glasses, UV protection, hat. I went long sleeve on day 2 - day 2 I went thru 2.5 liters of water. It's heavy or stop to filter - Gyppo's in Shelter Cove is a great place to eat, drink, and recover after a strenuous hike

This trip was incredibly beautiful, but tough! It is a flat trail but there are many different types of ground. You’ll go through sand that sinks, packed sand, flat ground, large rocks, pebbles, etc. I had hiking sticks and they were very helpful. Definitely have your permit with you (from the website, not your printed confirmation) and your tide maps! You will get checked and you will need them. Also recommend wearing long pants (I wore yoga pants) year-round because you will go directly through poison oak. I would definitely recommend this trip, it was awesome.

This was the second day of our trip, from Randall creek to miller flat. Very nice hike on bluffs a little beach, and a few hardback trails. Camped and watched the subset! Braving the 3ft tide tomorrow.

Just the first day from Mattole. Tides turned on us so had to rest here instead of Cooskie

I hiked from Mattole to Black sands beach with a friend. We took 5 days to hike this section. Wich was the perfect amount of time to enjoy all the trail has to offer. We made camp at Cooskie creek the 1st night. Cooskie was one of the best spots on trail. There are several spots to camp if the first few spots you see are taken there are more up the trail on the left side of the creek. 2nd night we camped at Spanish flat just past the creek. On the 3rd night we camped at Miller flat, another nice camp spot on the bank of the creek. The fourth nights camp was at Buck creek. Every camp site was worthy of taking a Zero at. My two favorite were Cooskie creek and Miller flat.

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1 month ago

Just got off trail yesterday – still in awe of the beauty we witnessed on this incredible trek! HIGHLY recommend gators and a solid soled hiking shoes/boots and have never relied on trekking poles more than on this hike. One of the most incredible hikes I’ve ever done - just pure ever changing beauty with each turn. So many different elements and terrains it was wild!!!

no worries! made ot to the trail with no issues. I've seen ppl say the road to the tail is bad. made it with no problem. and this trail is STELLAR!

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1 month ago

This is a great hike with a scenic vista of the Pacific Ocean and Humboldt redwoods. The total mileage is about 5.3 with an elevation gain over 2k ft. The trail is kept in good condition although we needed to rely on a cached copy of the All Trails route on our way back, as there are a couple of junctions. We hiked it with our three month old daughter in about 2.5 hours with a stop at the top for photos and on the return to cool off in the creek. That being said, it does have a significant elevation gain in the first half, so it may take you longer if you’re not used to hills. The ascent was fairly shaded although once you reach the top it is very exposed so be prepared for some serious sun if you hike it on a warm day. The view from the top is spectacular, but there is no shade to rest in so we quickly started our descent. There’s a little creek about halfway down, if you need to cool off. While I would have given this hike five stars, I’m deducting a star because the road leading to the trail head was treacherous, even with a 4WD car. It took us at least an hour to traverse the 12 mile extremely bumpy, steep, hairpin turn road in. We nearly thought about turning around but the road was so narrow and steep there really wasn’t any way we could have! Probably won’t do this again, as there are other scenic hikes like this that are much more accessible.

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1 month ago

Amazing coastal views.

Backpacked 4/26-4/28. Absolutely beautiful! I would recommend to everyone that is able! Check out my post about our trip! http://kindly-kaitlin.com/2019/04/29/the-lost-coast-trial/

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