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“Usal Beach and Dry Camping”

Ranked #5,098 of 8,634 things to do in California
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Owner description: This remote state park is ideal for hiking.
Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
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“Usal Beach and Dry Camping”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 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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“Rugged, beautiful, inspiring solitude”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 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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4 Thank Sarah R
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