Trail Guide

Plan Your Adventure

MLT’s trail guide includes a dozen trails built and maintained by MLT as well as trails managed by State Parks and other organizations.

Great info about accessible trails can be found at Access Northern California

Manchester State Beach

Manchester State Park offers 1,500 acres of coastal beauty, with camping, miles of sandy beaches, and winding trails through sand dunes,…

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Newport Trail

This 1.2-mile long segment of the California Coastal Trail is managed by the Mendocino Land Trust. The trail runs parallel…

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Old Smith Ranch Trail

The Old Smith Ranch Trail opened in the summer of 2020. The Mendocino Land Trust, Conservation Fund, State Coastal Conservancy, Nature Conservancy,…

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Moat Creek Trail to Bowling Ball Beach

The scenic Moat Creek Trail begins at a gravel parking lot on Highway One, west of mile marker 12.89. From the…

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Hearn Gulch Trail

The Hearn Gulch Trail, located in the southern Mendocino Coast’s "banana belt," offers lovely spring wildflowers and spectacular views to…

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Bonham Trail to Cooks Beach

Cooks Beach is one of the few public sandy beaches on the southern Mendocino Coast. There aren’t a lot of…

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Gualala Bluff Trail

The Gualala Bluff Trail is a beautiful trail created and maintained by volunteers and the Redwood Coast Land Conservancy (RCLC). It…

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Greenwood Creek State Beach

Greenwood Creek State Beach offers a wide trail to a driftwood-strewn beach with great views of sea caves. There is a…

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Navarro Point Trail

This 56-acre Preserve, with its stunning wildflowers and dramatic bluffs, is owned and managed by the Mendocino Land Trust (MLT). Navarro…

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Navarro Blufflands Trail

The Navarro Blufflands Trail is located just north of Mendocino Land Trust’s Navarro Point Preserve and travels 0.5 miles west…

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Dark Gulch Trail

Just west of Highway One near mile marker 45.24 and south of the famous Heritage House Resort is a coastal access trail…

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Big River Trail

In 2002, Mendocino Land Trust completed the purchase and transfer of 7,334 acres near Big River to California State Parks. This…

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Mendocino Bay Viewpoint

This short trail is really more of a viewpoint, offering panoramic views of the village of Mendocino from the bluffs…

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Noyo Headlands Trail

This is one of the newest segments of the California Coastal Trail in Mendocino County, located on the headlands west…

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Pelican Bluffs Trail

This stunning preserve is owned and operated by the Mendocino Land Trust. It is located south of Point Arena offers…

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Little River Blowhole

This trail is about 0.5 miles long and leads hikers to the awesome Little River Blowhole and beyond to the…

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Peter Douglas Trail

This 2.3-mile trail includes expansive views of Mendocino’s remote and wild “Lost Coast,” deep redwood and Douglas fir forests, and…

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Point Arena Stornetta Unit

This is the first mainland-based unit of the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM). Before this, the CCNM consisted of only the offshore…

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Mendocino Headlands

The Mendocino Headlands State Park is a 347-acre park that surrounds the village of Mendocino. With spectacular trails and nearby amenities, it's…

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Caspar Uplands Trail

The northern trailhead for the Caspar Uplands trail is at Caspar Headlands State Beach, a much-loved pocket beach offering surfing, snorkeling,…

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Jug Handle Trail

The Jug Handle Ecological Staircase Trail, located within the Jug Handle State Natural Preserve, is a 2.5-mile trail that explores the intriguing…

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Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Trail

The Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park is well worth visiting. It is operated by the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association in…

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Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park is beloved by both locals and visitors. This park offers the best of the Mendocino Coast -…

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Seaside Beach

Beautiful, sandy, and very popular Seaside Beach is located ten miles north of Fort Bragg on the Mendocino Coast. It’s…

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Bruhel Point

Bruhel Point offers a beautiful “Vista Point” west of Highway One at milepost 74.09 that includes benches, interpretive panels, accessible…

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Belinda Point Trail

This 0.7-mile long trail leads to Belinda Point and includes a stairway down to a rocky pocket beach. The trail…

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Hare Creek Trail

Hare Creek Beach is a sweet pocket beach owned by Mendocino Land Trust and located just south of the City of…

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Spring Ranch Trail

Spring Ranch is at the northern end of Van Damme State Park. This is a lovely spot, offering spectacular views of…

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MacKerricher Coastal Trail

MacKerricher State Park spans nine miles of coastline between Fort Bragg and the Ten Mile River.  Visitors can enjoy hiking, birding,…

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Van Damme State Park

This 1,831-acre park offers a variety of attractions for hikers, divers, and campers. The free day-use beach offers a stunning…

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Westport Headlands Trail

The Westport Headlands is a community gathering spot with a rich history of past uses. In the past, this spot…

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Lost Coast Trail

Hikers come from all over the world to experience Mendocino’s “Lost Coast,” so-named because the coastline is so rugged that…

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