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Northern California District
Release Date: 07/12/12
Contacts: Rachel Sowards Thompson , (707) 986-5411  
News Release No. NC-12-76

Astronomy Hike to King Peak

A guided hike to King Peak with information focused on astronomy will be offered Saturday, July 21, in the King Range National Conservation Area.  The outing is part of a summer hikes series offered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association.  There is no fee. Dogs are not allowed.

The hiking group will meet at 5 p.m. at the King Range Project Office, 768 Shelter Cove Rd., Whitethorn. The hike is from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., beginning at the Lightning Trailhead.  Hikers should be prepared for a route that gains 1,900 feet over 2.6 miles.  They should wear sturdy hiking boots, bring food, water, and a flashlight or headlamp, and be prepared for coastal weather.

Ryan Campbell, a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Humboldt State University, will lead the hike. He earned his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University and spent three years working at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

For more information or to sign-up, call the BLM King Range Project Office, (707) 986-5415, or email

The King Range National Conservation Area is part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. Additional information on the area’s natural resources and recreation opportunities is available at


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Last updated: 07-12-2012