South of Eureka and Honeyew in the King Range National Conservation Area, the King Crest Trail is a 9.9 mile horseback riding 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 horseback riding 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 Horse Trail is the 48th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California.