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Outdoor Adventures in Mendocino County California

Mendocino Coast Wildflowers

Wall flowers, gum flowers and other wildflowers blooming on the headlands between Pudding Creek and Glass Beach.

The wildflowers on the Mendocino Coast are spectacular this year. I dare say that we are having a bit of a super bloom.

Here are my 3 favorite spots to check out wildflowers on the Mendocino Coast.


Pudding Creek

Carpet of Wildflowers on the headlands between Pudding Creek and Glass Beach.

Pudding Creek - specifically the headlands to the south of Pudding Creek and along the trail that goes south toward Glass Beach. Baby blue eyes, gum plant, lupines, wallflowers, footsteps of spring, and checker mallow line the trails and carpet the headlands overlooking the ocean


Noyo Headlands Park

Douglas Irises blooming along the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail.

Noyo Headlands Park - Walking and biking along Fort Bragg’s new coastal trail continues to be a delight in all seasons. In the winter, we enjoyed watching big waves crashing on the reefs. Spring has been a treat with song birds singing and wildflowers. Current favorites are poppies, Douglas irises, and lupines. The colorful wildflowers grow in patches along the paved trail and in clusters in the headland fields.


Russian Gulch State Park

Patch of redwood violets growing in the redwood and pine forest.

Russian Gulch State Park - Take a stroll out on the headlands to see wildflowers and/or take a hike into the forest. The redwood forest may seem like an unlikely place to see wildflowers. This makes them even more special. Redwood violets and redwood sorrel carpet areas of the forest floor. Spotting calypso orchids is a treat and soon the wild rhododendrons will be blooming.

Cate Hawthorne