Lost Coast Trail

King Range National Conservation Area, California

Elevation Gain617ft
Trailhead Elevation35ft
Elevation Min/Max7/88ft
Elevation Start/End35/35ft

Lost Coast Trail

Lost Coast Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Humboldt County, California. It is within King Range Wilderness Area and King Range National Conservation Area. It is 25.1 miles long and begins at 35 feet altitude. There is a total elevation gain of 617 feet. The Black Sands Beach is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Horse Mountain Creek Trail, Cooskie Spur Trail, Spanish Ridge Trail, Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, Kinsey Ridge Trail, Cooskie Creek Trail, Lighthouse Road and Buck Creek Trail (Estimate).

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press)
Author varies by trail
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"Established in 2006 as one of the state’s newest wilderness areas, the 42,585-acre King Range Wilderness encompasses the rugged and wild coastline of the northern Lost Coast. It includes the western flanks of the King Range, which lurch upward from the ocean to its high point atop 4088- foot King Peak, less than 3 miles from the coast. Small streams carve deep ravines through the coastal bluffs, providing water and oceanside campsites for beach-walking hikers, while rugged and seldomtraveled trails journey through the high, dry interior of the King Range."
Walkabout Northern California: Hiking Inn to Inn (Wilderness Press)
Tom Courtney
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"Penetrated by only a few narrow, winding roads, the Lost Coast is the most remote and inaccessible section of the California coastline. The wild, rugged shore and the soaring peaks of the King Range are only visited by backpackers, ambitious dayhikers, and walkabout adventurers."

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Good hike!, The guide was very good and pretty accurate. Make sure you load up with water before going up Rattlesnake Ridge. Maple camp was very nice and shady.

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Trail Information

King Range National Conservation Area
Nearby City
King Range Wilderness Area
Skill Level
King Range Wilderness and Conservation Area
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. Shelter Cove, Shubrick Peak, and Honeydew; King Range National Conservation Area by the BLM
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