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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

A large herd of Roosevelt elk lives at Sinkyone

A large herd of Roosevelt elk lives at Sinkyone

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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On the coast trail at Low Gap Creek

On the coast trail at Low Gap Creek

On the coast trail at Low Gap Creek

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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Just north of Needle Rock on a foggy day

Just north of Needle Rock on a foggy day

Just north of Needle Rock on a foggy day

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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On the beach at the base of Needle Rock

On the beach at the base of Needle Rock

On the beach at the base of Needle Rock

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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Nearing sunset, on the clifftops above Needle Rock

Nearing sunset, on the clifftops above Needle Rock

Nearing sunset, on the clifftops above Needle Rock

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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Sunset from the clifftops above Needle Rock

Sunset from the clifftops above Needle Rock

Sunset from the clifftops above Needle Rock

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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Barn camp at Needle Rock Ranch

Barn camp at Needle Rock Ranch

Barn camp at Needle Rock Ranch

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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The ranch house at Needle Rock

The ranch house at Needle Rock

The ranch house at Needle Rock

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 15, 2008
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