Project Description: Volunteers will backpack the Lost Coast Trail in King Range National Conservation Area for a total of 25 miles to help repair and maintain the trails as well as restore Wilderness values. We will use hand tools to clear brush from the sides of the trail, remove ocean trash from the beach, pull invasive non-native plants, clean and dismantle campfire rings, and dismantle driftwood shacks that have been built along the trail (the makeshift shacks degrade the undeveloped characteristic of wilderness, attract rodents, and are a fire hazard). It won’t be all work though, we will have plenty of time to explore and experience this beautiful and rugged coastline!
Hosting Organization: Bureau of Land Management
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Backpacking 25 Miles Total
Work Level: Very Strenuous
Minimum Age: 16
Area and Attractions: King Range National Conservation Area, where mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf, is known as California's Lost Coast. The terrain was too rugged for highway building, forcing State Highway 1 and U.S. 101 inland and is thus only accessible by a few back roads. Tidepools brim with crabs, anemones, and other curious creatures while sea lions cruise the waters and lay on the rocks offshore. We will keep an eye out for tracks from some of the many land animals that depend on the coast for food, including black bears and river otters. The recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the wildlife. The 25 miles of trail that we will be working is relatively level but challenging as you will traverse rocks and soft sand for the first half of the trip. The remainder of the hike climbs onto grassy marine terraces, which offer a welcome break for your feet. Find your next adventure on the Lost Coast!
Accommodations: Primitive Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in remote backcountry campsites with no amenities. Water filtration and cooking gear will be provided. Showers available at end of the trip. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, eating utensils/bowl, and personal items. Volunteers will carry their own personal gear and a portion of the food and tools.
Climate Information: Summer brings a mix of cool, foggy marine air and hot, dry inland winds. Cool marine air often covers the beach, keeping temperature in the 60s
Travel Information: Airport pickup provided from Arcata-Eureka Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 12