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#conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover, Jan 15th: King Range National Conservation Area, CA | by mypubliclands
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#conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover, Jan 15th: King Range National Conservation Area, CA

BLM Winter Bucket List #21: Visit King Range National Conservation Area, California, for Solitude in “A World Apart”

 

No #nationalconservation15 social media day would be complete without a National Conservation Lands location for your bucket list. We recommend the BLM’s first National Conservation Area - King Range.

 

Perched along California’s far northern coast is an area of Douglas-fir clad peaks and rushing streams bypassed by civilization. The focal point of this “Lost Coast” is the 68,000-acre BLM managed King Range National Conservation Area. Visitors must keep their schedules flexible in the winter - the weather can range from sunny 60-degree days to heavy rains and pounding surf. Those who come prepared for the weather can enjoy solitude in a spectacular setting of 4,000 foot peaks jutting straight from the sea.

 

The rocky coast in the small community of Shelter Cove offers great spots to view storm waves (keep back a safe distance from the ocean). More than 100 miles of trails offer many options for day hiking opportunities. Backpacking, a very popular pastime here the rest of the year, is also possible in winter, but storms can make trails impassible from high water crossings, so pay attention to the weather. Expert surfers strap boards to their packs and hike miles into the coastal wilderness to access one of the best point breaks on the west coast. The King Range is five hours north of San Francisco and a world apart.

 

Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

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Taken on January 21, 2014