King Range Wilderness Permits (Lost Coast)

King Range National Conservation Area

Prior to purchasing a permit, it is imperative that you check the tides for your chosen dates to ensure the trail is passable. See "Tide Safety Guide", "Trip Planning Guide" and "Map & Guide" to the right on this page in order to safely choose your dates. These permits are for the entire King Range Wilderness, not just the Lost Coast Trail. You are responsible to read and understand all provided information under the above tabs ("Need to Know", "Fees/Cancellations", etc.).  

The Bureau of Land Management's King Range National Conservation Area(KRNCA) is a spectacular meeting of land and sea, as it's 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 National Conservation Area, designated in 1970. The King Range NCA's hardwood and Douglas fir-covered peaks attract hikers, hunters, and campers, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, and beachcombers. 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 anywhere in the King Range Wilderness must obtain a Wilderness Permit and will be asked to provide an itinerary; including number of days in the wilderness, entrance & exit trailhead, and backcountry campsites. 

The King Range Wilderness is home to the Lost Coast Trail, a backcountry coastal trail that travels along the beach and coastal bluffs. It's imperative that visitors plan this trip carefully, using the provided resources to find important safety information. 

To assist in planning an overnight trip into the King Range Wilderness in the uplands or on the Lost Coast Trail, take time to review the Trip Planning Guide, Tide Safety Guide, Map & Guide and Trail/Road Conditions documents under "Plan Your Visit" section of the BLM King Range website:  Be aware that not all social media pages have correct and/or up-to-date information. 

Are you an organized group? School group? Scout Troop? Meetup group? Hiking organization? Commercial outfitter? Shuttle driver? All organized and commercial groups visiting the King Range Wilderness must obtain a Special Recreation Permit from the King Range Project Office. Wilderness permits obtained from are NOT sufficient. 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

A permit quota system has been established to ensure a wilderness experience free of large crowds. Permits are required year-round for overnight camping in the King Range Wilderness. The permit size is limited to 3 persons. The entry date of the permit is strict; visitors are required to begin their trip on the permitted entry date, no exceptions. Early or late starts are not authorized. Permit availability is based on the start date only. Permits are non-transferrable. Organized and commercial groups must obtain a Special Recreation Permit in lieu of the wilderness permit. Be kind--cancel your permit if you decide not to use it.

Need to Know

Printing Your Reserved Permit 

You may print your permit as early as 7 days before your reservation date. The permit must be carried by the permit holder. Permittee is responsible to educate all in hiking party on all information on permit. Permits are non-transferrable. Once your permit has been printed, you cannot make changes. If you decide to cancel, please do so on your account.

For more information call the King Range Visitor Center 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: 8:00a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time

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