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Little River Blowhole Trail

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No cell phone receptionThis location has no cellular reception. Please plan accordingly. We recommend that you download the PDF trail data sheet below to your device prior to your trip to this location.

This trail is about 0.5 miles long and leads hikers to the awesome Little River Blowhole and beyond to the bluff edge. The Little River Blowhole is actually a punchbowl, or sinkhole, and is an actively eroding area; almost every winter, full-grown trees fall into the abyss. Hikers and leashed dogs are permitted, and there is an interpretive panel telling the story of the geology of this cool feature. The trail winds through a Bishop pine forest, around the north side of the punchbowl/sinkhole, and out to views of the coast, ocean, and offshore islands. The trail is managed by the Mendocino Land Trust.

This punchbowl /sinkhole is very dangerous- watch your step on this trail, and don’t try to climb into the punchbowl, as a fall would likely be fatal. There is also a lot of poison oak just off the entire trail- which is another reason to stay on it, and out of the punchbowl.


Little River Blowhole trail map

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There is limited parking west of Highway One at Little River Cemetery (cemetery parking takes precedence), or east of Highway One on the south shoulder of Little River Airport Road.

Trail Latitude (X): 39.2690

Trail Longitude (Y): -123.7873

Mapping: See Trail Map above.

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Highway One Mile Marker (north end): 47.7

Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 47.5

Trail Length: 0.5 miles