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.

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.

Easy trail along the bluffs. Great views

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.

Beautiful scenery

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!

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

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
4 years ago

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.

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