The State Park was established or purchased by the State
of California in the mid '70's after a ballot measure authorized the purchase. Access to
the 7300 acre Sinkyone State Wild Life Park can be by foot from various locations along
the north coast or one could drive into the park from the north or south but the real adventure of the park is to hike from one end to the
other along the bluffs and trails that will bring one by the several camping sites along
the way. The park is not designed for the week-end camper or the "looky
lou" who wants amenities and comforts. The park is really a zoological garden into
which you must take a respectful attitude toward the wild life species there.
Roosevelt Elk herds are the predominate spectacle, however, there are seals, sea lion,
river otter, bob cat, cougar (Mountain Lion), bear and the list goes on with the smaller
animals to numerous to mention.
"Sinkyone" named for the Sinkyone Indians that inhabited
and inhabit the lost coast area. Is still used by these people to hold ceremonies and
festive celebrations. These activities are held in the Usal Road campground at the
southern end of the park.
The park is long and narrow and is butted against the Kings Range
Conservation Area to the north. Usal Road runs along the length on the ridges up from the
sea at Sinkyone. Other logging trails and fire trails are on the other side in wilderness
land to the east. By driving along Usal road and dropping down various hiking trails into
Sinkyone one can abbreviate the 11 plus mile hike.
The old Stewart Ranch and house at the at the north end
preserves some of the coastal architecture of the late 19th century. It houses the
duty ranger/caretaker and is open with exhibits most all summer.
There is a total of 31 "hike in" campsites starting at
the north end of the park going south some are close to the parking area. All trash and
belongings must be carried out. Potable water is not provided and care must be taken to
properly prepare the fresh water in streams and run off for drinking or cooking.
Wood must be
brought into the park for campfires. At the southern end where Usal Road comes down into
the camp area there are 16 "drive up to" camp sites with refuse bins and water
near by. Toilets are at several locations in this section of the park.
Driving in from the south turn left onto Usal Road north
of Rock Port right where Highway One heads in land toward Leggit. From the north you can
get to "Four Corners" by coming along Chemise Mountain road from Shelter Cove
road and then going west at "four corners" to the parks northern entry. All
these roads are not for RV's or Travel Trailers and in the winter some of the roads are
impassable; or with 4x4's only. Drive slow and keep the dust to a minimum around inhabited
areas and along stream beds to protect fledgling fish. This is Mother Natures living room