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Bear Harbor
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

A good dirt road leads south from Needle Rock to the last group of campsites, at Railroad Gulch. The South Lost Coast Trail starts here and follows an old railroad grade down to Bear Harbor.

Bear Harbor is an unsheltered cove, but in the heroic early days of logging it was one of the "dog hole" ports. A railroad was built over the mountains from the Eel River and out onto a pier, to load bundles of planks and shingles onto sailing ships bobbing in the surf. Now all that remains are two iron railroad rails sticking out from the edge of the cliff.


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Red alders along the Bear Harbor Road

Red alders along the Bear Harbor Road

Red alders along the Bear Harbor Road

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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Big surf south of Needle Rock Ranch

Big surf south of Needle Rock Ranch

Big surf south of Needle Rock Ranch

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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Flat Rock, between Needle Rock and Bear Harbor

Flat Rock, between Needle Rock and Bear Harbor

Flat Rock, between Needle Rock and Bear Harbor

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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Huge old eucalyptus trees at Railroad Gulch

Huge old eucalyptus trees at Railroad Gulch

Huge old eucalyptus trees at Railroad Gulch

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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Bear Harbor camp area

Bear Harbor camp area

Bear Harbor camp area

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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On the beach at Bear Harbor

On the beach at Bear Harbor

On the beach at Bear Harbor

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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Driftwood on the Bear Harbor beach

Driftwood on the Bear Harbor beach

Driftwood on the Bear Harbor beach

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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Dangerous cliff edge at Bear Harbor

Dangerous cliff edge at Bear Harbor

Dangerous cliff edge at Bear Harbor

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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