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Usal Beach Campground #5204 (Usal Campground)
Type: Camp_Car Elevation: 10 m (33 ft)
Location:   39.83148,-123.84716     39:49:53, -123:50:50   10S 427509 4409396
(29 km SE of Shelter Cove).
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range


Getting to Usal beach can be a little tricky, but it is well worth the effort. Usal Road (Mendocino Country Rd 431) is found 13 miles north of Westport or 14.5 miles southwest of Legget on Highway 1. The turn off is extremely easy to miss so it is recommended to use your odometer to gauge how close you are to Usal Road. There is a small white sign at the entrance to the road. The road itself is a very tight and winding strip of gravel that takes you to the campground. It is roughly 6 miles from Highway 1 to the campsite. An AWD or 4WD vehicle is recommended.

The campsite itself is very primitive. There are fire rings and small outhouses dotting the area. There is no potable water, but water can be taken from the creek and boiled or filtered.

You can access the Lost Coast Trail from this site and see what else the Sinkyone Wilderness has to offer.

Facilities:
  Picnic table
  fire ring
  Outhouses
  No potable water

From reports in 2014, the place is a lawless goon show on summer weekends. Drinking, fighting, truck races, shooting.

Trip Reports within 1 km
56 2018.03.03 Vancouver to California Road/Hiking Trip Robin Tivy

Bulletins
2018.03.13 Robin Tivy - Wonderful campground, new outhouses, no hoodlums Photos
The free campsite at Usal was truly spectacular. Despite earlier reports from 2013, it now looks like the State parks have cleaned things up. There were four new outhouses, all well constructed and stocked with toilet paper. I think the wardens come in every few days to inspect. There was only one other car at the campground when we got there. The campsites are spread out over half a kilometer or more. Most had picnic tables, although the tables were older. Initially we parked in a spot behind the first break of trees behind the beach. We saw 5 Roosevelt Elk right near our campsite. They seem to be permanently down there, because we again saw them after our hike. We hiked the Lost Coast trail north from here. The beach itself is truly wonderful, with the creek cutting a new channel through the sand with each tide. See
Trip Report
2013.09.01 Robin Tivy - Place was bad in 2013
I was planning on staying here to access the lost Coast trail but I just read an article on this and most posts say the campsite is overrun with lawless yahoos, at least on summer weekends. Shooting, truck races, drinking, no outhouses, etc. Sounds like the upper Chilliwack valley on May 24th. However, the beach itself is supposed to be wonderful. Here is the link [URL=http://brnav.com/wordpress/?p=1927] Unfortunately, most of the postings don't have an exact date, but most are around 2013.