Kinsey Creek to Rattlesnake Ridge and Kings Crest Trail is a 15.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Petrolia, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.
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 down Kinsey Road Trail about four steep miles to the beach. You then hike south along the beach for about 5 miles before heading up Rattlesnake Ridge Trail. Depending on the season, you can get water from the river at the start of the ascent, which is a steep and overgrown walk through ferns, redwoods, madrone, and wildflowers. It is grueling but totally worth it. You will then continue onto the Kings Crest Ridge Trail where the views make all your hard work worth it. There is fresh water at Kinsey Creek and where Rattlesnake Ridge connects to the beach. You can rent bear cans from the ranger station. Please be aware of the presence bears and snakes in the area and pack out all of your trash!