U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Arcata Field Office|
King Range National Conservation Area: Mountain Biking
Since 2005, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been partnering with mountain biking advocates and clubs, such as the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), to plan, develop, and construct an environmentally sustainable, challenging mountain bike trail system in the Paradise Ridge area of the King Range National Conservation Area, situated near 2850' high Queen Peak, north of Shelter Cove Road. The proposed system will include 30 miles of trails encompassing varying levels of difficulty and diverse scenic vistas, terrain features and riding experiences. The trail system will provide mountain biking opportunities in a region where legal, single-track mountain biking-specific trails do not exist on public lands.
Mountain biking is only allowed outside of designated wilderness areas. Congress passed the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act on October 17,2006. The act designated 42,585 acres of the King Range National Conservation Area as Wilderness. The Wilderness Act of 1964 prohibits the use of mechanical transport [which includes bicycles] in designated wilderness areas, subject to valid existing rights.
Download the Paradise Royale Mountain Bike Trail Map to view where you can ride. Currently, visitors can ride a 14-mile loop and the Tolkan Terrain Park.
Directions to the trail: U.S. Hwy 101 to the Redway/Garberville exit. Follow signs to Shelter Cove/King Range NCA. Travel approximately 20 miles west from Redway, turn right onto King Peak Road (dirt road). Travel approximately 2 miles to Paradise Royale day-use trailhead. Please drive SLOW on King Peak Road; the first two miles of road are along private property.
Current Conditions: The trail is open and passable. Bridges have been installed across Bear Creek before the Prince of Pain and at the bottom of the Mad Queen's Tango. The trail is rough in these areas. Please let the BLM know if you encounter fallen trees or rocks on the trail.