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Mendocino Land Trust

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Mendocino Bay Viewpoint

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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 short trail offers the best view of the village of Mendocino, seen from the bluffs above the Big River estuary. 

This is a great place for picnics, “plein-air” painting, and whale watching; it's also a popular wedding location. The bench overlooking Big River is dedicated to Grail Dawson and Betty Barber, founders and longtime supporters of the Mendocino Land Trust. The Mendocino Bay Viewpoint, opened in 1996, is the first public access easement opened by a non-profit in the state of California. The Mendocino Land Trust has pioneered the way for other non-profits to open and manage public access trails along the California coast.

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Mendocino Bay Viewpoint trail map

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To get here, head south from the  Mendocino Village on Highway One, go over the Big River bridge and take your first right onto Brewery Gulch Road. Parking is limited to dirt pull-outs on Brewery Gulch Road. Look for a brown and white "Mendocino Bay Viewpoint" sign at the trailhead. 

Trail Latitude (X): 39.2993

Trail Longitude (Y): -123.7947

Mapping: View vicinity on Google Maps (see Trail Map above or Trail Data Sheet PDF under the Information tab for a more precise map)

Highway One Mile Marker (north end): 50.17

Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 49.84

Trail Length: 0.25 miles