King Range Wilderness Permits (Lost Coast)

King Range National Conservation Area

A spectacular meeting of land and sea is the dominant feature of Bureau of Land Management's King Range National Conservation Area (NCA). Mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf, a precipitous rise rarely surpassed on the continental U.S. coastline. King Peak, the highest point at 4,088 feet, is only 3-miles from the ocean. 

The King Range NCA encompasses 68,000 acres along 35 miles of California's dramatic north coast. Here, the landscape was too rugged for highway building, forcing State Highway 1 inland. This remote region of mountains and seascapes is known as California's Lost Coast and is accessible only by a few back roads. It is the Nation's first NCA, designated in 1970. 

The King Range NCA's Douglas fir-covered peaks attract hikers, hunters, and campers, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers, and many others. World-class mountain bike trails, and 42,585 acres of coastal wilderness are two of the highlights of this incredibly unique area. 

Visitors planning to camp overnight in the King Range Wilderness will be asked to provide a tentative itinerary; including number of days in the wilderness, entrance trailhead, exit trailhead, and backcountry camp zones. To assist in planning an overnight trip into the King Range Wilderness, take time to review the trailhead descriptions and directions, as well as the camp zone map and zone descriptions

Are you an organized group? A school group? A Boy or Girl Scout Troop? A Meetup group? A hiking organization? A commercial outfitter? All organized and commercial groups accessing the King Range Wilderness additionally need a Bureau of Land Management Special Recreation Permit. Permits obtained from alone are not sufficient for organized and commercial groups. Click here for more information and/or to request a Special Recreation Permit. 

For more information or help planning your itinerary, call the King Range Project Office at (707) 986-5400.

Notifications and Alerts

Permit & Season Information

Permits are required year-round for overnight camping in the King Range Wilderness. No permit is required for day-use. The maximum group size is 15 persons. The permit size is limited to 5 persons, so a max group of 15 will need 3 permits. The start date of the permit is strictly monitored and visitors are required to begin their trip on the permitted start date. Early or late starts will not be authorized. Permit availability is based on the start date only.

Need to Know

Printing Your Reserved Permit

You may print your permit as early as seven days before your reservation date. The permit must be carried by the permit holder. Once your permit has been printed, you cannot make changes to the permit.

For more information or help planning your itinerary, call the King Range Project Office at (707) 986-5400.

Fee Policy

Reservation Fee

*Organized groups include, but are not limited to: school groups, outdoor clubs, online meet-up groups, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, or any other organized group, outside of a family unit, that is cost-sharing for the trip.

Cancellation Policy

Change Policy

Cancellation Policy

Contact Information

Mailing Address

768 Shelter Cove Road (Physical address) Whitethorn CA 95589

Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mountain Time, M-F

Phone Number


Photo Gallery