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Black Sands Beach

King Range National Conservation Area

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Sunset at Black Sands Beach

Quest Trail Information

Start: At Black Sands Beach Trailhead, off Beach Road, Shelter Cove

Contact: BLM King Range Office | 707-986-5400

Total Length: ~1 mile up the beach and back

Estimated Time to Complete: ~1 hour

Difficulty: Easy to moderate depending on sand conditions

Quests/Patches Available at: BLM King Range Office (768 Shelter Cove Road, Whitethorn, open 8:00am–4:30pm).

Driving Directions

The King Range National Conservation Area (NCA) is located about
230 miles north of San Francisco and 60 miles south of Eureka.

All roads leading to the King Range NCA are narrow, steep and winding. Allow plenty of time between destinations, have a full tank of gas, and BE ALERT TO ONCOMING TRAFFIC THAT MAY BE DRIVING TOO FAST AND IN YOUR LANE.

All main roads are normally accessible to passenger cars except during heavy winter storms.

Directional signs mark all major intersections in the King Range NCA giving the road name and distances to primary
recreation sites.

From the NORTH: U.S. 101 to Redway/Garberville exit.

From the SOUTH: U.S. 101 to the Redway/Garberville exit.

Follow signs from either direction to Shelter Cove/King Range NCA. Allow 45 minutes for the 22 mile trip to Shelter Cove.

Google Map

Quest Location on a Map
Rough Map of Shelter Cove Area