There was a guy who made it out there in a vw cabriolet. A great big bike Dual Sport Ride. Very deep ruts (upwards of 18" deep or more), several in succession. We didn’t have reliable coverage we could count on until we reached Ferndale to the north. Also, bring your own TP or you’ll be taking your chances. I took a shovel, Hi Lift jack, food, water, gas, chainsaw, tools, a fishing rod, Sig .40 and 50 rounds of Critical Defense ammo. I think there are a few squatters living there also. I highly recommend this trek ! Sea lions and harbor seals hang out in rocky coves. Then he got verbally abusive and wanted to fight. Was planning on going midweek. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use, Join our email list to get new information, events or other fun stuff. August 14, 2020. It’s not clear when the road will reopen. Includes driving directions, trail mileages, campground details, precautions, regulation and topographic features. Pack it all out. Along the rugged lower Humboldt Coast, Point Delgado is Shelter Cover California. Makes you feel good and any one trashing beach feel stupid. I was looking for some nice family camping and light 4 wheeling. He ended up leaving without a confrontation. The roads and trails are limited to only the parks--King Range and Sinkyone--whereas the Lost Coast covers a lot of ground to the east as well that is not picked up. So Peaceful ! They can be pretty steep in places but otherwise I don’t think my old mountain bike would have any trouble with them, as long as they are dry. Sounds like it’s in rough shape compared to when I drove it! Ignore that. I don’t think it was otherwise unsafe per se, unless you run over a sunbather or something. Heading north from the campground area, it’s about another 19-1/2 miles until you reach pavement again at Four Corners, and the end of Usal Road. Just went up this past tues on Usal rd from where you went in at hwy 1 … pretty mellow rd , drove in 4hi all the way ( 96 LX450 ). I'll be in northern California in about three weeks and am hoping to jump on Usal Road just north of Rockport on Hwy 1 and … Usal Creek is the southernmost drainage basin unbridged by California State Route 1 on California's Lost Coast. 6. I didn’t see any poop or trash, and slept through the night. My “go to” spots are either Nadelos camp, or if I’m in the mood for beach camping, Black Sands Beach on the north end of Shelter Cove. I will never go again. Usal Beach is beautiful and has lots of dry camping available at the nearby campground. I’m not in a heavy duty 4 wheeling rig. Our site was a good one. The road is narrow, with some pretty blind corners, so stick to the right, go slowly and be very alert for oncoming traffic. The information for Usal Road is incomplete though, so it’s a useful map but I wouldn’t rely on it to have everything you might want. Overall the roads are not terrible conditions but some cars with low clearance might have some difficulties during the wet seasons. There is no law enforcement at night and the morons know it. Also, didn’t see many people at Usal Beach – just a few vehicles on a Saturday mid-day. I park at the BLM lot and either carry my stuff down to the beach or sleep in the grassy area of the parking lot(I even pitched a tent back in the bushes there a few years back when rain threatened). Usal & Kings Peak Roads had some spectacular vistas but for the most part this was a forested road trip with lots of tunnels through the dense foliage…often so dense that you couldn’t see 20 yards into the canopy 4. This is a rugged mountainous area and the ocean air collides with the hillsides often creating foggy or rainy conditions. Navarro Ridge Road: CR 518 MP 8.82 – 13.10 Too old to do that kind of camping anymore, but the pictures do bring back so many wonderful memories of times spent at both places. I have a group of 2-3 rigs thinking about going in there next weekend but that definitely gives pause…. Usal Creek, 9.7 miles (15.6 km) long, drains about 28 square miles (73 km I’d love to do this whole road sometime too. We are both very good bike handlers so as long as its not too rocky or sketchy I think it would be ok. One family’s kids threw rocks at the elk, and the big group of young people left their campfire unattended. The weather was nice, but the rock music coming from the other camp sites along with the intermittent gun fire at night kept us up every night. We took usal road yesterday ( August 13) and it was in great condition and the views and beach were beautiful. Memorial Day 2019 we drove Usal Road north from SR1 through Usal Beach to Shelter Cove Road…spent the night in Shelter Cove at the Oceanfront Inn and then Tuesday morning got up early and headed north on Kings Peak Road through the BLM Wilderness past Tolkan, Horse Mountain, Honeydew, Petrolia, around Cape Mendocino to Capetown then on to Bear River Ridge to Rio Del. I was just there this weekend. The remaining pit toilets are full and not useable. One the northern side (King Range) the topo lines are at 500' intervals and on the south side (Sinkyone) they are at 250'. The only people I met were normal backpacker types, and “flushable” amenities made the next morning a breeze. The road is awful and the 2 outhouse bathrooms were so dirty they were not usable. Waiting until the roads are dry and have been cleared later in the summer is a good idea.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'californiabeaches_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_1',102,'0','0'])); Trailheads along the way lead to remote dark sand beaches. The cheapest gas we saw on the trip was in Laytonville, on Hwy 101 south of where we turned off towards Usal Rd on Hwy 1. Beaches on this map. Maps / Information:. The exceptionally scenic Lost Coast Trail winds over dramatic, high seaside bluffs and through deep, redwood-filled canyons. Somebody has to back up sometimes a 1/4 mile. Distance Elevation 31.12 miles 20 ft minimum 2,100 ft maximum 5,125 ft gain 6,647 ft loss GPX Embed. In those conditions, personally I wouldn’t think twice about driving it in a stock 2WD pickup, for example. But had never been there and oh my the scenery is Fantastic. The Usal Road (Mendocino Co. Route 431) offers an example of that latter option. Dry as a bone. Usal Road was a bit intimidating at first, and the 6.2 mile stretch took us … Tayler, the roads there all seem to be pretty well-maintained and graded dirt roads. 2. Of course, by the time you read this, the prices have probably swung one way or the other, but they likely stay fairly relative to each other. We made it to the beach in 20 minutes granted we were in a jeep but we also saw a Prius make it. The unpaved county road following the westernmost ridge line south from the King Range crosses Usal Creek near the Pacific coast, but the bridge may be removed during winter months. This was during the dry season. There is a small white sign at the entrance to the road. Three of the beaches in the park are easy to access from the visitor center. On the coast south of the park, Westport has a couple more hotel and bed & breakfast options. Usal Road: CR 431, MP 6.26 - 24.30 - Usal Road from Highway 1 to the beach campground is open year round unless there is a storm related closure. Gray whales pass by during the winter and early spring. Hopefully California will get this park the budget to get this place cleaned up and properly controlled again by the rangers. Road is very narrow and in some places only enough room for one vehicle; so drive with caution. There are several outhouses scattered around the camp area, so you can pick the least hellish one. Anyone know if Usal rd is open and if it is, what condition it is in? Just spent three days there and will never go back! This dark sand beach is somewhat protected from wind and waves rolling onshore from the west. Wilderness Press offers a nice, waterproof  Lost Coast recreation map. California State Parks Sinkyone Wilderness SP official website. After passing the camp area entrance board, you soon cross the cool wooden bridge over Usal Creek. 7. We had a pair of trucks racing each other thru the camp ground 2 nights in a row. 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