Arcata Field Office

King Range National Conservation Area: Trail Conditions


  Current Trail Conditions: July 8, 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 arduous.    

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.  

 

 

Upland Backcountry Camps

& Water Sources

(Maple Camp, Miller Camp,

Bear Hollow Camp, Nick’s Camp)

 

There are reliable water sources at all backcountry camps.  Bonus Spring is flowing along Miller Loop.  Telegraph Spring is flowing along Smith-Etter Road.  Pinnacle Spring has not been visited.  All streams have reliable, flowing fresh water at their mouths at the ocean.  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.