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 will have you working and hiking on a large portion of the Lost Coast Trail (LCT). We will camp at 3 different creeks along the LCT, including a mixture of one night stays and multi-night base camps (from which we will day hike to projects). The maximum one-day hiking distance will be six miles along the coast, with minimal elevation gain and loss. Volunteers will get to hike through intertidal zones and cross several creeks. We'll spend the week on campsite maintenance, marine debris collection, invasive species removal, and trail maintenance along the unforgettable and remote Lost Coast Trail. If giving back to this breathtaking area isn't enough, we'll wrap up the project with a BBW upon returning to the King Range Office & Barracks.
This project is rated as a challenging project.
Apr 12th - Apr 18th 2020
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.