MacKerricher Coastal Trail
Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 62
Trail Length: 4.75 miles
MacKerricher State Park spans nine miles of coastline between Fort Bragg and the Ten Mile River. Visitors can enjoy hiking, birding, marine mammal viewing, tidepooling, kayaking, and surfing.
The MacKerricher Coastal Trail, located mostly on the old “Haul Road,” is one of the main features of this park. This old road follows the coastline from Glass Beach to the Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve. West of the main entrance to the park and near the town of Cleone is the Laguna Point Boardwalk trail. This Laguna Point trail features interpretive panels that tell the story of Mendocino Coast’s marine life. The boardwalk also offers multiple benches with resting points overlooking the coast. At the west end of the boardwalk at low tide, you may be able to descend stairs to the tidepools. You might even catch a glimpse of the colony of harbor seals that live here.
On-leash dogs are welcome on the Haul Road, but to protect the endangered snowy plover, the Ten Mile Beach is entirely off-limits to dogs. Dogs should not be taken to the Laguna Point area, as harbor seals and dogs can share deadly diseases with each other.
There are campsites here for RVs, campers, and tents. MacKerricher State Park is very popular during the summer, so you will want to visit ReserveCalifornia.com to reserve your spot.