Mendonoma: Mendocino Headlands State Park Walk

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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Mendocino Headlands State Park with its unique blend of gentle trails, rugged coastline, secluded beaches and timeless history surrounds the picturesque Village of Mendocino on three sides.  Miles of trails wind along the cliffs, giving the casual explorer spectacular views of sea arches and hidden grottos.

In any season, a visit to the Mendocino Headlands will provide a memorable experience. You might come to see the spring wildflowers, enjoy a crisp and clear fall day, escape to a cool summer climate or witness the winter migration of grey whale. The park provides Mendocino with a buffer area that preserves the town’s historical presence. In return, the town provides a view of a unique blend of natural, ecological, cultural and social diversity. Activities range from hiking and surfing to fishing. Photographers and painters frequently visit various parts of Mendocino Headlands enjoying and capturing the scenic wonders. There are no camping facilities; visitors are day users only. (

Begin this walk from the trail head at the end of Main St; head eastward towards the coastal pines along the bluff.

Enjoy the gorgeous Mendocino Bay views!


Views of Big River Beach area:

Turn around at any point and head west.

Views of Mendocino and Mendocino Point:



Wood carvings along the trail:

Follow the trail around Mendocino Point:

Views of the rugged coastline with crashing waves and cascades of water along the rocky shores:

Mendocino Headlands:


The trails leads to the parking lot at the west end of the park at Hesser Dr. Shadow likes to stop to enjoy the views too!

Sit, relax and enjoy the views-Life really can’t get any better than this!

There is a myriad of trails along the bluffs and they all lead to the same place with magnificent views of Mendocino Bay and the great Pacific Ocean! This is one walk that shouldn’t be missed when you’re visiting Mendocino! And there is obviously good cell reception-there are plenty of people out along the bluff yacking away on their phones. Stash away the phone, disconnect for awhile and enjoy the simple beauty nature has to offer-it’s all free, so why not take advantage of it!

2.5 Miles with 135′ of elevation gain
Time: 1-1.5 hours
Hike: Easy
Parking: No fee along Main St
Free admission to Mendocino Headlands State Park
Water & restrooms located adjacent to the park’s Ford House Visitor Center at the east end of Main St
Dog Friendly
Bring water & snacks for impromptu stops at the many vista points

Weather: Sunny and warm. Temps ranging from the high 60’s to mid 70’s with NW winds

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Mendocino Headlands

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