Rocks and Islands Wilderness
Location: Adjacent to the King Range Wilderness, lies the Rocks and Islands Wilderness, which encompasses approximately 18 acres of rocky marine outcroppings extending 3 miles off shore surrounded by California coastal waters. When gazing out to sea from the King Range Wilderness, wilderness visitors are often, unbeknownst to them, observing the Rocks and Islands Wilderness.
Area Description: The Rocks and Islands Wilderness is part of the California Coastal National Monument. The CCNM was designated by presidential proclamation in 2000 to protect the significant scenic, biological, and cultural resources of offshore rocks, reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 mile California coastline. The CCNM includes those portions of the rocks and islands that stand above mean high tide.
The Rocks and Islands Wilderness encompasses rocks and small islands along the coast adjoining the King Range NCA. These rocks and islands are used by a variety of sea birds and marine mammals and support diverse intertidal life. The wilderness boundary, as well as the BLM's jurisdictional boundary, is at the mean high tide line. For the most part, the rocks and islands are concentrated near Sea Lion Gulch, Punta Gorda, Shelter Cove, and north of the Mattole River estuary. According to geospatial information for the California Coastal National Monument the total acreage of the wilderness is 18 acres. The largest rock/island or collection of rocks is 0.79 acres and the smallest is 0.02.
Getting there: The Rocks and Islands Wilderness, is removed from most human uses and remains essentially untrammeled. Recreational uses of the Rocks and Islands Wilderness are allowed when consistent with the primitive non-motorized, non-mechanized goals of wilderness. Access, of course, is extremely limited. Views from the King Range of the Rocks and Islands Wilderness represent the vastness of the ocean.