Hike America: Northern California
by Dan Brett (The Globe Pequot Press)
© Dan Brett/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.
How does it get any better then hiking in the snow with nobody brave enough or stupid enough to brave the trais in the middle of a snow storm. It was my birthday and I had planned this trip for weeks and I wasn't about to back out just because of a little snow. I started at Kings Peaks and hiked to the beach via Rattle Snake River. My first night I found a small spot off the trail and set up camp. I was making fresh tracks in the snow so I knew I was alone. After a cold but comfortable night in my Mountain Hardware tent I started early the next day only to find large bear tracks overlaping my footprints. This was one of the bigger awakenings in my morning. So with the fear of being tracked down for dinner in the middle of nowhere with no one to hear my screams, I kept moving. As the clouds cleared near the middle of the afternoon I was blessed with one of the more perfect days. Not an easy hike with the amount of weight that I brought so the challenge was evidently clear. At the end of the second day I made it to the beach and then to the top of Kings Peak where the view was somethig out of a novel that takes two chapters to describe. I don't have that kind of time nor the desire to try to put my feeling into words. So go find out for yourself why someone would hike for three days.
this is actually just part of an 80 mile trail system including high peaks and coastal trails in the BLM king range national conservation area. incredible one way hikes of ranging levels and lenghths are possible by parking at the BLM black sands beach parking area in shelter cove, and taking a chartered shuttle service to trailheads on the ridgetops that lead to kings peak (4088'),
down to the black sand beach trail leading back to shelter cove along the secluded and pristine lost coast.
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