Ramblings of a Techno-Viking

Mattole Beach Campground

Less than an hour drive further on Mattole and Lighthouse roads from Honeydew Campground is Mattole Beach BLM campground. Like Honeydew, it is $8/night paid to an iron ranger. There are 15 sites, with some water spigots (no threads and momentary valves), bear-proof trash cans, picnic tables, and fire rings. The vault toilets are near the day-use and trail parking. The beach is over a set of sand-dunes from the campground, and the mouth of the Mattole River is not far down the beach. Most of the campsites are rather open, but a few have more privacy and one is even pull-through. Around half the sites were full the first night I was there, but only a few others stayed the second night. The second night was the first I spent in the rain in my motorhome.

Mattole beach is sandy with some sections of rounded gravel. There were no sea-shells and few birds or other wildlife at the beach. Seasonal catch-and-release fishing is allowed on parts of the Mattole River.

This is the north end of the Lost Coast Trail, a 25-mile three or more day hike along the coast not accessible to motor vehicles. You need a bear canister to store your food and a self-service free permit to hike the trail.