Peter Douglas Trail
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This 2.3-mile trail includes expansive views of Mendocino’s remote and wild “Lost Coast,” deep redwood and Douglas fir forests, and old-growth trees sculpted into bizarre shapes by salty winds. There is magic and mystery present here. It is an all-day excursion to get to this trail from Fort Bragg or Mendocino. Please note that the Usal Road is narrow and rough. Four-wheel drive vehicles recommended.
The Lost Coast Trail continues north of Usal for 53 miles, winding up and down through the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park in Mendocino County and along the beach in the BLM King Range National Conservation Area, ending at the Mattole River in Humboldt County.
Getting there: Access to the trailhead is via unimproved dirt roads. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. The best time to visit is during the dry season when the road is more accessible. Please check road conditions before taking a trip to Usal by calling the Mendocino County Department of Transportation: (707) 463-4363. The turn-off onto the unpaved Usal County Road is 13 miles north of Westport near Highway 1 milemarker 90.5. From there, allow some time to get to the trailheads. There are two trailheads (see map)
Looking for the candelabra trees? Park near the northernmost Peter Douglas trailhead. It is just before you cross a small bridge to the campground area. (Google maps link) Watch for the sign with the Mendocino Land Trust logo. The trail goes steeply uphill and 10 minutes hike should bring you to the start of the candelabra trees
This location is unlikely to have reliable cellular service. Please plan accordingly and save maps and info to your device while in an area with cell reception.
Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 90.6
Trail Length: 2.3 miles