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Kings Range to Chemise Peak is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitethorn, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 2,247 ft Route type Out & Back
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Jeffrey Gomez
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David Willson
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Nice! This trail, whether you start at Wailaki or Nadelos, goes through a superb, virgin, climax forest of mature Douglas firs, Tanoaks, and Madrones. They're so tall that there's little understory and the fire that burned through here 17 or so years ago did little damage. Almost no dead trees, little litter on the ground, and healthy Tanoaks and Madrones, something I seldom see now because of S.O.D., or Phytopthera, that's killed them all where I live. This hike is a chance to see coastal forests as they used to be. I'm 70, so it was a stiff climb but moderate. There's no views, even at the top, and the coast was foggy. Otherwise, it's a 5 star hike.

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John Spencer
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Stared from Nadelos Campground off of Chamise Mountain road. Nice hike up to the lost coast trail several blow downs, constant up but not to steep. After the lookout, I took the westward loop past “Nicks Camp”. The loop gives you the ocean views you won’t get from the LCT but keep in mind, you drop back down to near starting elevation and must climb back up the top of Chamise. Running water about half way through the loop (Oct 31st) Coastal pines mixed in with some stressed Manzanita on the west side, big tall oaks and firs blocking out the under brush on the east side. Diverse and pretty.

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Brian Schmidt
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Very good hike. Moderate difficulty seems an appropriate rating. Not particularly strenuous, but does have some decent elevation gain. Shortly after the vista point sign we continued to the left to make it a bit of a loop. The trails are obvious. This meets back up with what is shown on the map here. We did this so there was less back tracking and more unique scenery. Great views inland toward the coastal range and great views of the coast as well. Beautiful forest with diverse wildlife. Also meets up with hidden valley trail.

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Blame con
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Brian Schmidt
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