The King Range National Conservation Area covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Here the landscape was too rugged for highway building, forcing State Highway 1and U.S. 101 inland.  The remote region is known as California’s Lost Coast. The recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the landscape. The Douglas-fir peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, backpackers, anglers, and beachcombers. Congress once again recognized the uniqueness of the King Range NCA by officially designating 42,585 acres as wilderness under the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act on October 17, 2006.