If you’ve ever wanted to walk part of the
California Coastal Trail, the Peter Douglas
Trail is a perfect sampling of everything
it has to offer. This 2.3-mile extension on
the southern end of the Lost Coast Trail is
rugged, wild, and blends together forest and
ocean topography. Ultimately, this portion of the trail connects to the Lost Coast Trail, which
is mainly located in Humboldt County. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for this
outing, which is only accessible from June-October. Be aware that there is no cell reception
in the area, so any maps or information should be downloaded before you get underway.
Expansive views of the Mendocino coast, old-growth redwoods magically sculpted into
candelabras, wildflower meadows, and 300 hand-built steps are only a few of the featured
highlights of the trail. Roosevelt Elk and other wildlife are often seen near Usal Beach.
Shady Dell was part of a privately-owned property until 2011, and has not been accessible to the public for over a century. Restoration has healed and continues to bring back streams, trees, meadows, salmon, and forests damaged by logging and building roads.
WHERE: Follow Usal Road (narrow and rough). Call the Mendocino DOT at 707-463-4363 to verify road conditions beforehand.