FJ Cruisers of Northern California
I took a trip to the Lost Coast area north of Fort Bragg, CA in August. We had beautiful weather, with fog and mixed sun running about 60 degree highs.
We took a trip up Usal road which is in very good shape this year; no ruts and mostly smooth but steep in places and only one lane wide. We met about 8 vehicles on the ~5mi trip to Usal beach campground, so some backing up was required. The campground looks like it is not being maintained with all the budget cuts and the collection box is missing. Be sure to bring your own toilet paper as I am not sure they are stocking it this year. Regardless, it was very beautiful there and worth a look if you are visiting and not opposed to primitive camping. We were going to continue up to shelter cove, but shortly after leaving Usal Beach and passing the seasonal closer gate, we were stopped by a tow truck blocking the road to recover a SUV from the canyon. The driver said he would probably be taking another 2 hours for the retrieval. The accident happened a couple of days previous and the people survived with minor injuries. We decided not to wait, so headed back towards Westport where my GF enjoys luxury camping (hot showers and flush toilets).
While in the area, we toured the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, enjoyed downtown Fort Bragg, had a meal at the North Coast Brewing restaurant, and checked out the Skunk Train. All in all a fun time, but no real wheeling; I want to return sometime and explore.