The Mendocino Land Trust has developed a comprehensive trail guide for the Mendocino Coast. This is the most comprehensive and up to date guide. Check it out to find a coastal hike.
Before heading out hiking, check out this section of Things to Know to help you prepare for a fun and safe hike. Also make sure that you tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Here are a few of my favorite coastal hikes. I plan to add more here and in my blog so check back or subscribe to my monthly newsletter for updates.
Fort Bragg Coastal Trail
Also know as NOYO HEADLANDS TRAIL. Don’t miss this trail for stunning coastal views with some fun artistic touches. This trail is paved with gravel off shoots. Interpretive information is posted along the trail as are multiple benches so that one can take a break and ponder the sea. About 1/2 way from either end is the Crow’s Nest which is operated by the Noyo Center. Definitely worth stopping
Russian Gulch State Park is a great spot for a coastal hike and/for a hike into the redwood forest. Hiking on the coastal side, you can check out the Devil’s Punchbowl and rocky coastal features. The hike up Russian Gulch’s Fern Canyon is a spectacular way to see the redwood forest and leads to the Russian Gulch Waterfall. Definitely watch for poison oak and ticks on the headlands.
This South Coast trail can be accessed from the town of Point Arena or from the road to the Point Arena Lighthouse. This coastal hike is spectacular year round but personally a favorite in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming and the waterfalls are flowing. The geology is fascinating and impacted by the nearby San Andreas Fault.