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 ~2 mile backpack from the Kinsey Ridge Trailhead/Lost Coast Trail junction to Spanish Flat where we will maintain campsite along the way. At Spanish Flat, we will set up a base camp for the next few days. On the second day, we will complete work projects in the vicinity which will include trail maintenance and invasive plant removal north of Spanish Flat, returning to base camp after. During day three participants will enjoy a free day. Free day activities are everything you could ask for from an ocean-side tent camp: beachcombing, hiking into the forests above the ocean, to generally relaxing in a magnificent setting. On day 4 we will break camp and hike 6 miles south to Miller Flat. Participants will work as we hike along. We will secure our food resupply and establish base camp. On day 5 the group will complete projects at Miller Flat and Big Flat, returning to base camp after. On day six, we will break camp and hike 3.5 miles south to Buck Creek, completing projects along the way. We will camp at Buck Creek. On day 7, we will break camp and hike south to Black Sands Beach TH (our exit). We will return to the King Range Office & Barracks for a closeout BBQ.
This project is rated as a challenging project.
Apr 14th - Apr 20th 2019
Campsite maintenance, invasive removal, marine debris pick-up, trail maintenance & reconstruction
Day hikes, hanging out at the beach, photography
Challenging : ~15-mile backpack with full packs, group food, tools & gear.