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King Range National Conservation Area: Trail Conditions


  Current Trail Conditions: September 9, 2014

  Trail                                                          Condition        Comments

Buck Creek Trail

Passable

There is one large tree down that may be difficult to pass. It is very brushing in the middle portion of the trail.          

Chemise Mountain trails

(including Hidden Valley trailhead, Chinquapin Loop and

southern section of Lost Coast Trail)

Passable

The hike up to Chemise Mtn from Sinkyone Wilderness State Park is difficult.    

Cooskie Creek Trail

(including Cooskie Spur)

Passable

There are signs along the trail but there is no defined trail in some sections.  Be sure to look for signs and use a map.  Some sections need brushing.  Watch for poison oak and ticks.  The Cooskie Creek crossing—6.5 miles south of the junction with Lost Coast Trail—may be difficult or impossible to pass.

 

Horse Mountain Creek Trail

 

Passable

 Brushy in some sections.

King Crest Trail

(Saddle Mountain to King Peak)

Passable

Many fallen trees. Very brushy in some sections.

  

King Crest Trail

(King Peak to North Slide Peak

and loop to Maple Camp)

Passable

Brushy in some sections.

 

  

Kinsey Ridge Trail

Passable

This trail is well-used and maintained.  The gate at the top is impassable to stock. 

 

 

Lost Coast Trail (northern)

Passable

If there has been recent rainfall, please do not attempt to cross creeks that are above knee high.  Refer to picture below to navigate the section approximately .5 mile south of Sea Lion Gulch. 

 

Lightning Trail

Passable

 

  

Miller Loop

Passable

There is a large tree down across the trail on the northern side of the loop.

 

 

Rattlesnake Ridge Trail

Passable

A few fallen trees. There are four creek crossings between Big Flat and the switchbacks.  May be impassable after a storm.

 

 

Spanish Ridge Trail

Passable

This route primarily follows decommissioned roads.  The grass is high and brushy on the bottom half and difficult to follow. You will need good route-finding skills, particularly near the top.  

 

 

Water Sources

 

All the creeks along the Lost Coast Trail are flowing with plenty of water.

 

Water sources along upland trails:

  • Bonus Spring along Miller Loop is flowing and easily available. 
  • Telegraph Spring along Smith-Etter Road is flowing and easily available.
  • Pinnacle Spring along Smith-Etter Road is dripping. Very limited in creek bed with small puddles. Not reliable.
  • Maple Spring near King Peak is dry along most of the creek bed near the campsites. It is flowing well below the campsites.
  • Bear Hollow Spring along Rattlesnake Ridge Trail is trickling/slow.

All water in the backcountry should be treated with iodine, chlorine, boiling or filtration. 

 

 

 

  This particular area of the rocky King Range coastline drops off into the Pacific Ocean and is often impassable at most tide levels.  Up the canyon to the left is a detour.