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About Big Flat on the Lost Coast Trail in Honeydew, California

Big Flat Beach is a backpacking stop along The Lost Coast Trail in Humboldt County. Big Flat and Miller Flat make up this wide sandy, rocky, driftwoody spot at the mouth of Big Flat Creek. There is a plane landing strip in the flats and private parcels near the creek. This area is located about 12 coastal miles north of the town of Shelter Cove. It’s possible to walk on the beach to here from Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove, but you must avoid high tides. It’s also possible to hike down to this spot from the North Slide Peak or Lightning Trailhead which would be a shorter trip (9 and 10 miles respectively), but much harder due to the extreme elevation change. This remote region is called the King Range National Conservation Area. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management so visit their website for trail maps if you want to head out here. Free overnight backcountry permits are available at the trailheads and BLM offices. They are required for anyone staying within the King Range. Bears are known to frequent Big Flat and Miller Flat so prepare accordingly and note that bear canisters are required if camping.

Smith Etter Rd
Honeydew, CA 95545
Park Name
King Range National Conservation Area
Other Names
Miller Flat
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free backcountry permits issued at trailheads
Backpacking, Camping, Beachcombing
Wilderness Campsites, Creek, Driftwood, Trails
Map of Big Flat on the Lost Coast Trail
Honeydew, US
6:52 am, July 25, 2024
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Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:08 am
Sunset: 8:37 pm
Humidity 83 %
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Wind 4 m/s

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