Peter Douglas Trail
Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 90.6
Trail Length: 2.3 miles
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. The drive to Usal beach will take some time – find the Peter Douglas trailhead on the right hand side of the road just before you reach the camping area.
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.
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. The Usal Road is narrow and rough. The best time to visit is during the dry season when the road is more accessible. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Please call the Mendocino County DOT before planning a trip to Usal: (707) 463-4363. It’s well worth the trip, though it’s a rugged adventure and hike.
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.
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)
Park on the side of the dirt road just before the trail sign with the Land Trust logo. The trail goes steeply uphill and 10 minutes hike should bring you to the start of the candelabra trees.