Usal

Usal, a lumber camp in the 1880's-90's, is now part of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park at the south end of the King Range in northern Mendocino County. It is acessible by an unpaved county road from SR1 near Rockport.

Usal Beach has campsites with fire pits, tables, and potties. Many sites, not visible here, are sheltered from the ocean breezes. This beach has runs of surf smelt in the summer as well as the expected mild temperatures. That's the county road snaking down the hill.

Looking south across Usal Creek where the county road enters the State Park. The campsites behind the trees are reasonably well protected.

Foxglove in bloom is common around Usal over the Memorial Day holiday. (The weather can be a little iffy that weekend.)

Usal became part of the Sate Park system 25 years ago but there is still evidence of it's logging past. At this particular sighting of the ocean, I just missed getting a photo of a whale spouting.

The county-maintained Usal Road reaches the coast, here, just a little north of Rockport. Directions to Usal are posted at the bottom of this page.

Here's where the county road crosses Usal Creek. The cattle corral has not been used since the site became a State Park.

The bridge over Usal Creek. Bicycles are prohibited on hiking trails but are allowed on motor vehicle roads (which are little more than logging roads).

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Directions: Approximately one hour north of Ft Bragg on SR1 or 15 miles west of Leggett on SR1 from US 101. Look for mile marker 90.88 on SR1. Turn west and then north at the coast for approximately 6 miles on unpaved, steep, narrow road. It will take close to an hour.
ROADS MAY BE IMPASSABLE IN WET WEATHER. RV'S & TRAILERS NOT RECOMMENDED.
Latitude/Longitude: 39.9231 / -123.9422