Usal Beach is the only drive-in campground, as well as the campground furthest south in Sinkyone; it’s conveniently located near Highway 1. The...
Anderson Camp is a primitive campground, a perfect place to stop for the night while you ambitiously venture on the Lost Coast. If you’re starting...
Hard to find but worth. Arrived on a tue. Ranger was cleaning an outhouse. Lucked out and had a great spot 19. Most other spots lacked amenities& spots seemed randomly spread around without any real numbered sites. I highly recommend taking 3d left after bridg
A truly magical off the beaten path place. Prepare for quite a bit of elevation gain/loss with the reward of amazing views. Didn't budget sufficient time from Usal Beach to make it to Anderson but not a problem as you can backcountry camp just about anywhere off the trail. Expect large temp swings and be dazzled by the only view along the California coast where there is no light pollution; just you and the heavens glimmering above.
If you’re looking for a beach with no crowds, you’ve come to the right place. There aren’t rows of beach umbrellas here-- only the sand and the waves!
Watch out for ticks. Take the precautions (wear DEET and light colored clothing) before they tick you off
There are elk around the area that may get aggressive, so take caution and give them their space!
For thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived, the Sinkyone Indians lived in this part of the coast. They occupied permanent villages alongside streams and rivers, and moved out in family groups to hunt and forage in the hills during the summer. They spent time along the coast fishing, gathering seaweed and shellfish, and hunting seals and sea lions, and harvesting the occasional dead whale that had washed on shore. Fish were an important source of food during the winter. All kinds of fish were caught, but the seasonal salmon run was especially important.
Most park visitors today assume that human beings have had little impact on this area. But every trail, road, or flat spot has been modified by human activity. Game trails were turned into pathways for pack mules loaded with tanbark for the tanneries of San Francisco. Roads were carved and graded for lumbering operations. Open areas and marine terraces were farmed and used to pasture sheep and cattle. Occasionally, what appears to be a wagon road or a modern jeep trail is actually an abandoned railroad right-of-way.
Logging operations continued until well into the 20th century and wood products of various kinds were shipped to market from Usal, Needle Rock, Anderson’s Landing, Northport and Bear Harbor/Morgan’s Rock. Northport was not much of a port, but lumber schooners were able to take on their cargoes by means of a "wire chute," - a cable and block system that could run wood from the bluff to waiting schooners. Built in 1875, the Northport "chute" was one of the first of its kind on the coast.