Sinkyone Wilderness State Park is situated on the southern end of the Lost Coast, which is a 60-mile span of wilderness that includes both Sinkyone and King Range National Conservation Area. It remains one of the few California Coast destinations not easily accessible by state highway or paved road. Fortunately, that means visitors to Sinkyone Wilderness State Park can enjoy a quiet, peaceful visit to a stunning California beachside state park.
The Sinkyone Wilderness State Park is named for the Sinkyone Indians, who inhabited the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived in the region. Currently, the region remains a beautiful and rugged natural area, home to a variety of wildlife, including Roosevelt elk. In addition you can view the gray whales as they pass by during their migration in the winter and early spring.
Visitors to Sinkyone Wilderness State Park can expect to find rocky coves, canyons, arches, tide pools, wildflowers, and dark sand beaches. Sea lions and harbor seals frequent the beach areas here. The Lost Coast Trail spreads 22 miles parallel to the coastline. Horseback riding is permitted on designated trails. Additionally, visitors can enjoy picnicking or other beachfront activities like fishing, surfing, windsurfing, and more.
For overnight guests, there is wilderness camping available, which come equipped with fire rings, picnic tables, and nearby pit toilets, but no water. Additionally, there is camping at Usal Beach, which is the only drive-in camping available. RVs and trailers are not advised, as the rural roads are very narrow. Or contact the Needle Rock Visitor Center to use Needle Rock or Bear Harbor environmental campgrounds. Those with horses can stay at the Usal Beach and Wheeler campgrounds.
Leashed pets are permitted at Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. The hiking trails are off-limits to dogs, but you are welcome to walk your dog around the campground, at Usal Beach, or around the visitor’s center. Pick up pet waste and be respectful of park rules. Sinkyone Wilderness State Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. The campground is open year-round. If you’re looking for a rugged, natural area to explore along the Northern California Coast, bring your family and your dog to Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.