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Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
King Range Area of California's North Coast

California State Parks
Management Unit:
North Coast Redwoods District
P.O. Box 245
Whitethorn, CA 95489
(707) 986-7711

  • Tent Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • Site Fee
  • Mens / Womens Restroom
The rugged wilderness that once characterized the entire Mendocino Coast can still be explored and enjoyed with a visit to the 7,367 acre Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Since there are no main highways near the coast in this vicinity, the area has come to be called the "Lost Coast."

For thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived, the Sinkyone Indians lived on this part of the coast. They occupied permanent villages alongside streams and rivers, and moved out in family groups to hunt and forage in the hills during the summer. They spent time along the coast fishing, gathering seaweed and shellfish, hunting seals, and harvesting the occasional dead whale that washed on shore. Fish were an important source of food during the winter. All kinds of fish were caught, but the seasonal salmon run was especially important.

Most park visitors today assume that human beings have had little impact on this area. But every trail, road, or flat spot has been modified by human activity. Game trails were turned into pathways for pack mules loaded with tanbark for the tanneries of San Francisco. Roads were carved and graded for lumbering operations. Open areas and marine terraces were farmed and used to pasture sheep and cattle. Occasionally, what appears to be a wagon road or a modern jeep trail is actually an abandoned railroad right-of-way.

Logging operations continued until well into the 20th century and wood products of various kinds were shipped to market from Usal, Needle Rock, Anderson's Landing, Northport and Bear Harbor/Morgan's Rock. Northport was not much of a port, but lumber schooners were able to take on their cargoes by means of a "wire chute," - a cable and block system that could run wood from the bluff to waiting schooners. Built in 1875, the Northport "chute" was one of the first of its kind on the coast.

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park was created in 1975 when the first 3,430 acres were acquired at Needle Rock. The park expanded in 1986 and now totals 7,367 acres.

How to Get There:
Hwy 101 to Garberville and Briceland Road Exit. The park is located 36 miles southwest of Redway/Garberville on Briceland Road. The last 9 miles are unpaved. Trailers and motor homes are not advised. The road in becomes impassable during wet weather.


Backpacking and primitive camping. No facilities or access for motor homes or trailers. It's very common to see Roosevelt elk.

King Range National Conservation Area, Humboldt Redwoods S.P., Avenue of the Giants, & Richardson Grove S.P.

Fee(s) Charged: Yes
Campsites - $11/night May-Sept. $7/Oct.-April. Day-use $3/car May-Sept. $2/Oct.-April. Senior citizens receive $2 discount on camping and $1 discount on day use.


Other Important Information:
Primitive & hike-in camping only. Nearly 40 miles of trails including hiking, bicycle & horse, visitor center at Needle Rock Ranch House, room rentals at Needle Rock Ranch house.



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