About the King Range National Conservation Area

Stewarded by Lost Coast Interpretive Association, Mattole Restoration Council, Mattole Salmon Group

The King Range National Conservation Area covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Here the landscape was too rugged for highway building, forcing State Highway 1and U.S. 101 inland.  The remote region is known as California’s Lost Coast. 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, backpackers, anglers, and beachcombers. Congress once again recognized the uniqueness of the King Range NCA by officially designating 42,585 acres as wilderness under the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act on October 17, 2006.

From the blog

  • 06.23.15

    Trip Journal: The Lost Coast Trail

    A sea of bright blue sea creatures blanket the sand as we rise over the ridge and arrive at the beach. These Vellela Vellela’s, which have been washing ashore in the millions, are a surprising first encounter on a trail that would be our home for the next four days. These … read more

  • 09.16.14

    King Range Organizations Form Alliance

    Four organizations that have worked for decades to protect the King Range National Conservation Area have formed a new partnership–the King Range Alliance–that will result in better care for the region and better coordination between organizations. The King Range National Conservation Area is home to the largest stretch of undeveloped coast … read more

  • 05.28.14

    Recreation and Conservation Can Go Hand-In-Hand On The National Conservation Lands

    As we near the end of May–National Bike Month if you didn’t know–it seems like a good time to talk about bikes and the National Conservation Lands. The National Conservation Lands are the premier protected lands and waterways managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Rules for bicycle access on these special lands … read more

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