Lost Coast - King Range Loop

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Lost Coast - King Range Loop is a 44.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Whitethorn, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 44.7 miles Elevation Gain: 8,953 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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 from there down Kingsley Ridge and back to the beach where you can spend a third night. From there, travel along the beach to Horse Mountain Creek where you can spend the last night before the short jaunt back to Shelter Cove. For the sheer variety of terrain, foliage, and vistas, this is a great trip. See whales a few hundred yards offshore, barking sea lions, thousands of lizards, some snakes, deer, etc. Bear cans are required.

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2 months ago

This was my 1st hike in the Lost Coast area its beautiful but no lies it has some ass kickers.

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5 months ago

Basically the entire stretch from Buck Creek to King Peak is a vertical slog. I would recommend camping at Buck Creek, then tackling this portion to Maple Camp with fresh legs. You’ll also enjoy it more if you’re not rushing to make camp by dark (we headlamped the last 3.5 miles of a 14 mile day). Our day 2 took us from Maple Camp to the beach south of Kinsey Creek. There aren’t any established camps south of Kinsey Creek until Big Creek, so if you’re looking for that, head a mile or two north there. You can camp anywhere in King Range, so we made camp just before a portion of private land, before the beach hiking resumes. Day 3 we made it the ~13 miles back to Shelter Cove at sunset. Plenty of water all the way and only one impassible-at-high-tide zone to consider. We did get a later start this day - 11am departed camp. Bear cans required. Bear spray is allowed here, and given the benefits for both the bears and you, I see no reason not to carry it. We were glad to have hydration packs, and they would make it much easier to set up your own camp anywhere. Hiking poles were gold. Tip: instead of hiking all the way into Miller Camp, you can grab water at Bonus Spring, then save yourself a harder climb and .1 mile by backtracking up to the main trail along the same route you took down.

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recorded Maple camp to Big Flat

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