Free, guided hikes offered in King Range

A night hike and a trek across the beach of the Lost Coast Trail will be featured in two free guided hikes offered by the Bureau of Land Management in the King Range National Conservation Area in August.

The "Rising Moon, Setting Sun" hike will be offered Saturday, Aug. 6. BLM Wilderness Ranger Paul Sever will lead participants on the seven-hour hike up King Peak for spectacular views of sunset and moonrise.

Hikers will climb 1,900 feet up King Peak and cover two and a half miles each way.

Participants will meet at 4 p.m. at the King Range Office in Whitethorn and carpool to the Lightning Trailhead for the hike. Each hiker should bring water, a sack dinner and a headlamp or flashlight for hiking back down the mountain in the darkness.

Geology and cultural history will be featured Saturday, Aug. 13, in a six-hour hike from the Mattole Campground to the Punta Gorda Lighthouse. BLM Geologist Sam Flanagan and Archaeologist Dave Johnson will lead the six-mile beach hike.

Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the Mattole Campground near Petrolia, and bring lunch and water.

For more information, contact the King Range Office at (707) 986-5400, or the BLM Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2300.