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Mendocino Bay Viewpoint

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This short trail offers a great view of the village of Mendocino from the bluffs south of the mouth of Big River.  Mendocino Bay Viewpoint, opened to the public by Mendocino Land Trust in 1996, was the first public access easement accepted and opened by a non-profit in California. Mendocino Land Trust pioneered the way for other non-profits to open and manage public access trails along the California coast.


Mendocino Bay Viewpoint is a great place for picnics, “plein-air” painting, and whale watching.  It's also a popular wedding location. A bench overlooking Big River is dedicated to Grail Dawson and Betty Barber, founders and longtime supporters of Mendocino Land Trust. 

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: See Trail Map above.

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Highway One Mile Marker (north end): 50.17

Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 49.84

Trail Length: 0.25 miles