The 5.6-mile south section of King Crest Trail South scales 2,300 feet through chaparral and forest to the King Peak vista. King Crest Trail North is a 5.8-mile, 1,900-foot climb that cuts through valleys and mountain ranges for supreme views of the Lost Coast.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of King Crest Trail

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Day Hiking,Saltwater Fishing,Whale Watching
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • King Peak is a prized destination for hikers on the Lost Coast. At 4,087 feet in elevation, it is the highest summit on the Northern California coast, and it is located only three miles inland from the ocean. From the top, the Pacific seems to stretch westward forever. On the clearest of days, hikers can see Mount Lassen more than 100 miles east.
  • The entire King Crest Trail is 10 miles one-way, but most day-hikers only follow either a 5.6-mile stretch of it from the Saddle Mountain Trailhead to King Peak, or a 5.8-mile stretch of it from the North Slide Peak Trailhead to King Peak. Starting at the North Slide Peak Trailhead makes the trip slightly easier (a 1,900-foot elevation gain instead of 2,300 feet from Saddle Mountain).

King Range National Conservation Area

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Telephone Number: 707-825-2300
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