Coastal Public Access Easements

The Mendocino Land Trust made history in 1996 when it accepted a public access easement to open the Mendocino Bay Viewpoint. This was the first time a nonprofit organization accepted and opened a public access easement in California. Mendocino Land Trust pioneered the way for other nonprofits to open and manage public access trails along the California coast. To date, the Mendocino Land Trust has accepted 89 public access easements, more than any other nonprofit. MLT has received numerous awards from the California Coastal Commission for our work in opening trails along the coast. We have succeeded in opening trails on sixteen of these public access easements and we are always working on opening more!

Our Trail Guide features information about many of MLT’s public access easements and trails including Pelican Bluffs, Navarro Point, Navarro Blufflands Trail, Dark Gulch Trail, Little River Blowhole Trail, Mendocino Bay Viewpoint, Belinda Point Trail, Newport Trail, and the Peter Douglas Trail at Shady Dell, gateway to the Lost Coast.

It also features trails maintained by State Parks, the Redwood Coast Land Conservancy and other organizations.

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