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“A Challenge to Get There!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
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Ranked #2,196 of 3,932 Attractions in California
Northern California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A Challenge to Get There!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

If you are planning a trip to this wilderness park, be sure to do your homework! I tried to get there and had to turn around (luckily there WERE places to turn around). The road is *extremely* narrow and steep and if it's raining, good luck. I wish I could have gone farther but I was driving in and out of cloud banks and the rain was making the road slick. Can't plan for the weather for sure, but just know this is by no means an easy place to get to!

Visited March 2014
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Oroville, California
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“The Lost Coast Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We started and returned at Needle Rock Visitor Center. They allow overnight parking there for a very small fee and it's 5$ a night for your whole group to camp. We chose to camp both nights at Wheeler Beach. We took a day trip over to Little Jackass, spent the day there and then hiked back to Wheeler Camp for the remainder of our evening and then did the hike back to Needle Rock. It was great and 24 miles round trip. Beach camping for next to nothing how can you beat it? The park is beautiful, the trails are well maintained except for one spot that is eroding but if you aren't a seasoned hiker this part of the trail may not be for you. Elevation gain is over 1000 ft and the decent is just as bad, it is tough so pack as light as you can. The views, vistas, picture ops and solitude are worth the long journey.

Visited September 2013
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Sacramento, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Usal Beach and Dry Camping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

We came via Usal Road from 1 N, which really isn't that bad in the summer. Sure, it's a gravel road with some blind corners and steep areas, but with a little use of your horn, taking it slow and actually using that 4w drive for once, you'll make it without a problem. Usal Beach is beautiful and has lots of dry camping available at the nearby campground. Busier during July and August than other months, but the beach is relatively empty on a sunny day when compared to Ten Mile or MacKerricher. We didn't make it further up Usal than the campground - we saw a recently fallen tree on the road ahead and decided to pass - but hopefully we can make it to Sinkyone Wlderness Rd or Mattole Rd next time. Beautiful park with large trees and isolated beaches.

Visited August 2013
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Reno, Nevada, United States
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
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“Rugged, beautiful, inspiring solitude”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This is a very difficult trail that gains and drops over 1000 feet of elevation over and over again but the pay off is huge. Camps along the trail are on the beach where Sea Lions play (Little Jack*ss Beach), in a stunningly gorgeous grove of old growth redwoods along a beautiful creek (Sally Bell Grove), at the site of an old doghole port and its little town (Wheeler) and more. From high up on bluffs you can see for miles out to sea, including a neat blow hole and a gorgeous sea cave. Herds of elk roam the bluffs and beaches. Osprey can be seen hunting at all the beaches. We picked wild strawberries in April. There will be plenty on blackberries come August. Because this area is somewhat remote and the trails are not easy, there are few people out there and you can easily find solitude. Warnings: there are lots of ticks, poison oak and stinging nettle everywhere. Unfortunately, I had a problem with my computer and lost most of my photos. The tail end of our hike is in the photos.

Visited April 2013
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