Sinkyone Wilderness Segment- Lost Coast Trail [CLOSED]

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Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Sinkyone Wilderness Segment- Lost Coast Trail is a 28.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitethorn, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 28.5 miles Elevation Gain: 6,614 feet Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

The southern 12 miles, wheeler to usal, there’s not much of a trail. More of a deer path. Lots of downed trees across the trail and washed out in a few sections. If your looking for a trail with magnificent views and no traffic then this is it. Awesome hike overall.

backpacking
8 months ago

We did the first 7miles, out and back with a camp at Jones Camp. Great trail, very steep with some fallen trees on the BLM aside of the trail. It was amazing to see such diverse terrain along the trail. Half of our party went back to the trailhead from the road/ visitors center while the others half went back the steep, more technical way. There are tons of elk passing thru around the camp we stayed at and beach access (but be careful along the beach due to the tides and sneaker waves!).

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

Gorgeous area and definitely a tough hike. We only made it a few miles north of Usal before it became too hot and overgrown than we were prepared to take on that day. Came out with a few falls, scratches and bruises, but some very nice photos. Definitely one we would like to try again with more preparation!

hiking
11 months ago

Could be a standout hiking trail but unfortunately the trail from USAL trailhead toWheelers camp is extremely overgrown with brush including poison oak and stinging needle. Wear long pants and long sleeved shirt to avoid inevitable exposure to poison oak. Would also recommend GPS as trail has some poorly marked sections. This trail is truly a diamond in the rough. If the State’s intention is to keep it remote and inaccessible they have succeeded. With a little maintenance this could be a 5 star hike!

hiking
Wed Sep 26 2018

My track shows only the trailhead at Usal Beach where we started our adventurous and wonderful 4-day backpack trip.

backpacking
Sat Mar 31 2018

I loved hiking this trail, but you should be warned, even though this trail is rated as moderate, it can be technical and the southern half is physically demanding, and you could easily get lost. Most of the maps are inaccurate, especially when it comes to mileage and the actual trail path, especially on the coastal bluffs. The northern half is not that bad. Just be advised that the 'road' from Needle Rock to Bear Harbor is not a 'road' nor has it been for over a decade. It is now a trail. The section from Bear Harbor to Usal is the most challenging. The trail is decent all the way from Bear Harbor to Wheeler and Little Jackass Camp. It can be steep, trekking poles are advised. The section from Jackass Camp to Usal is little more than a deer trail in sections. There are sections that are overgrown, no real trail maintenance has been done in at least a decade. The camps and trail crossings are not well marked or marked at all. Bring a GPS and SAT phone or SPOT for safety. Tree falls and slides are routine and you may wish you had rope and climbing gear to get out of the canyons, even on the trail. We did this with a guide that has done it several times and even he almost got lost. The exit points to Hotel Gulch Road are also not well marked at all. So, be prepared. This is the lost coast. There is a reason they call it that.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

backpacking
Sat Nov 03 2018