A spectacular meeting of land and sea, the King Range National Conservation Area (NCA), is located just south of Eureka, California in Humboldt country. Mountains materialize straight out of the surf; a precipitous rise rarely surpassed on the continental U.S. coastline. King Peak, the highest point at 4,088 feet, is only three miles from the ocean. The King Range NCA covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park and is managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The remote region is known as California's Lost Coast, and is only accessed by a few back roads. The recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the landscape. The Douglas fir peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers, and abalone divers. In 2006, Congress officially designated 42,585 acres of the King Range NCA as Wilderness.
Our service project begins with a short backpack into Kinsey Creek where we will set up camp and work on trial maintenance for the next two days. We will then break camp, hike 5 miles to our next basecamp at Miller Flat where we will work at restoring campsites and trails with a free day to explore the area. Each participant will share carrying personal camping gear, group food, group commissary, and light tools the short distance to camp. Our volunteer work is a combination of general maintenance and reconstruction of eroded trail, beach debris cleanup and cleanup and removal of unauthorized beach shelters. Free day activities are everything you could ask for from an ocean-side tent camp: beach combing, hiking into the forests above the ocean, to generally relaxing in a magnificent setting. At the end of our week together, we'll backpack back to our pickup spot.
Trail maintenance in wilderness areas like this is a tool of both conservation and preservation. Involvement in this work allows one to connect to a wild place while simultaneously facilitating access for others to do the same.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
Apr 15th - Apr 22nd 2017
Campsite maintenance, invasive removal, marine debris pick-up, trail maintenance & reconstruction
Day hikes, hanging out at the beach
Strenuous : 4-5 mile backpack with full packs, group food, tools & gear.