Hiking The King Crest Trail

The 54th most popular hiking trail in California.

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South of Eureka and Honeyew in the King Range National Conservation Area, the King Crest Trail is a 9.9 mile hiking route from Saddle Mountain Trailhead in the south to North Slide Peak Trailhead in the north. This is a challenging route with over 4,000 feet of climbing while passing through forest, burn areas and chaparral. There are nice vistas from several summits.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Eureka, head south on US101 to Garberville. Head west on Briceland-Thorn Road to Ettersburg Road. Turn north on Ettersburg Road to King Peak Road. Turn South on King Peak Road to Saddle Mountain Road. Turn right heading north on Saddle Mountain Road and park at the trailhead.

Overall, King Crest Trail is the 54th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California.

King Crest Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  King Range National Conservation Area (707) 986-5400; California Tourism (916) 444-4429

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Recommended Map:  "Sequoia-Kings Canyon Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Reference Source:  click here https://www.blm.gov/california

GPS:  40.13225, -124.09084

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  7/4/2016

ID:  14635

King Crest Trail Hiking Map


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