*Note: The road from highway 1 to Usal Beach is primitive and is not recommended for low clearance vehicles nor may it be passable in wet weather. The Usal road north out of Usal Beach is 4wd only and may not be passable at all. Please plan accordingly.
About: The rugged wilderness that once characterized the entire Mendocino Coast can still be explored and enjoyed in the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Since there are no main highways near the coast in this vicinity, the area has come to be called the "Lost Coast."
North end of wilderness - (Needle Rock): 36 miles southwest of Garberville/Redway on Briceland Road. Take Briceland Road west from Redway. Briceland Road becomes Mendocino County Road 435. The last 3.5 miles are unpaved, steep, & narrow.
South end of wilderness - (Usal Beach): Approximately one hour north of Ft Bragg on PCH or 15 miles west of Leggett on PCH from Highway 101. Look for mile marker 90.88 on PCH. Turn north for approximately 6 miles onto unpaved, steep, narrow road.
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Road is not bad at all - lots of people.
The price to camp at this beyond primitive site is $25. Many of the campsites are located very far from any restrooms.
There were many people camped there on a mid-October weekend, including lots of drinking campers (ie show up at 10pm get wasted to loud music around the campfire and then leave around 10am).
Also, I don't know about the wintertime, but in October there were many many cars that made it easily over the road and into the campsite.
Remote, difficult to access campground in a rare stretch of coastal wilderness. Campground is large with many nooks and crannies, beach access, and wilderness trail access. I saw a bear near the campground.