Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Needle Rock
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park California


Needle Rock Ranch is the headquarters of remote Sinkyone Wilderness State Park on the southern half of the Lost Coast. Caretakers live in the old ranch house. There are walk-in campsites scattered around, or you can sleep on the bare wood floor of the tiny barn. There is a continuous coastal platform along here so you can walk north or drive south for several miles.

One of the most successful herds of Roosevelt elk live on this terrace, transplants from Prairie Creek. They are used to people, so if you are quiet and move slowly you can safely get quite close to them (except bulls in rutting season). They range from Whale Gulch to Bear Harbor, never far from the trail or road, so you are sure to see them if you try.



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A large herd of Roosevelt elk lives at Sinkyone

(February 16, 2008)


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On the coast trail at Low Gap Creek

(February 16, 2008)


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Just north of Needle Rock on a foggy day

(February 16, 2008)


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On the beach at the base of Needle Rock

(February 16, 2008)


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Nearing sunset, on the clifftops above Needle Rock

(February 15, 2008)


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Sunset from the clifftops above Needle Rock

(February 15, 2008)


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Barn camp at Needle Rock Ranch

(February 15, 2008)


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The ranch house at Needle Rock

(February 15, 2008)


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