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. The State acquired a portion of the headlands in 1957, and in 1974, through the support and advocacy of the local residents, the land around the town became Mendocino Headlands State Park. Admission to Mendocino Headlands State Park is free.


road biking
6 months ago

good for endurance biking

Beautiful morning walk, with access from cliff to beach area. Directly across from Mendocino town for lunch.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Gorgeous hike! Just be careful about ticks! I got one and my dog got three!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

wonderful views and easy to follow trail.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

for its sheer beauty!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great family hiking with great ocean views and easy path.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

It's a super easy. The views are some of the best I've ever seen. Something out of a movie. Really just go to see the views from the cliffs. the other half is a stroll through town.

Monday, June 12, 2017

fun easy beautiful

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful views of the water along this bluff hike, reminded me of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

Beautiful place with lots of birds!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Gorgeous. Stopped in briefly, wish we had more time to spend there! Terrific view, easy walking along the meadows and headlands. Can walk down some stairs to the beach at Big River as well.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous easy hike along the coastline. Stunning views of the Mendocino coast. Pretty wild flowers growing along the way. It's a point to point so have a game plan for when you reach the end. I chose to run back to the trailhead through town.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

This is such an amazing place to take a walk and just forget everything around you. You have a great view of the bluffs and you can hear the waves crashing on the rocks. When I lived in Mendo I would grab a coffee at Moody's Coffee Bar and walk down to The Headlands. So relaxing.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Easy trail along the bluffs. Great views

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Amazing sunrise and sunset views of the coast. There were a few spots where you could get down to the beach as well. A very easy trail with almost no elevation change unless you go down to the beach.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Beautiful scenery

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Absolutely beautiful! So many beautiful spots and a couple beach access trails. 100% recommend this trail it's so pretty! Everywhere you look there is an amazing view. If you visit Mendocino you should definitely visit this trail and even if you only walk a little part of the trail it is a must do!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Awesome views of the bluffs and the ocean with several hidden beaches! Spectacular sunset! Our dogs love the trails!

Friday, April 26, 2013

A great walk with spectacular views of the rocky coast, assuming the weather cooperates. This is what I think of when I think of Mendocino, CA, and whenever I get the chance to visit, I always go back to these trails. Very accessible, and often crowded, but the reason for its popularity is pretty clear. We did this on a windy Wednesday, when the fog had just let up, and despite the weather, it was still pretty amazing.

nature trips
Monday, January 14, 2013

This is an easy walk that can be started from any number of locations including the Ford House Museum.
This is where I started my most recent walk on Jan. 1 2013--this was a special State Park guided hike with a history lecture included. Interestingly, even though it was windy, our tour guide brought photographs of the lumber mill and timber loading chutes remnants of which she pointed out as we walked.

Even without the guided history lecture this is one of the most beautiful spots on the north coast. I rate it a 4, even though it can be somewhat crowded on weekends, due to its exceptional beauty. Also, you can bird watch, whale watch or just take in the scenery with or without a camera. On New Years Day at 8:30 AM there was no crowd at all.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spectacular beauty! Nice walking trail with incredible ocean edge views.

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