The difficulty of reaching this remote part of the California coast inspired the name “Lost Coast” to describe this unspoiled, spectacular area of the Golden State. While all of the Lost Coast is not accessible by car, some of it is, including the soft black sands of Usal Beach.
Arriving at the beach, you’ll find dramatic dark sand and wild waves thundering against the shore. Offshore, there are striking sea stacks and rock formations, and both the ocean and the shore teem with wildlife. Seals and sea lions live here, as does a herd of majestic Roosevelt Elk. It’s a great spot to watch whales migrate in season, and all year round there are plenty of sea and shorebirds, including pelicans, loons, ospreys, oystercatchers, woodpeckers and goldfinches. In this idyllic place, it’s hard to believe that you are in the most populous state in the nation. Enjoy the wilderness and the wildness!