Big River Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Big River Trail is a 5.7 mile out and back trail located near Mendocino, California that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and canoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

canoeing

hiking

mountain biking

beach

river

wild flowers

wildlife

18 days ago

Lovely! Easy hike with fun and beautiful views everywhere.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Ran this a couple times, peaceful and pretty

1 month ago

Great trail with a lot of wildlife.

trail running
1 month ago

gorgeous trail that follows river, mostly flat. would be five stars except sections of trail veer away from river and are less scenic.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

mountain biking
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5 months ago

Fun.. we kayaked upon to the wood thing. Docked and walked about 3 more miles in.. it was a fun adventure.. and super simple.. ..(Ok, accept for finding a trail to the main trail after we came off the river.. but not too bad, my wife was 5 months pregnant and made it.. and after we even had time and energy to do falls bike/hike one or 2 rivers N.. (Russian glitch..). and no we are not early risers..

7 months ago

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11 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Saturday, May 18, 2013

canoeing
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

sea kayaking
Thursday, December 20, 2012

I kayaked the Big River recently and it was fantastic! I saw more wildlife than I've ever seen on a single day trip, including river otters, harbor seals, and a wide variety of aquatic birds.

There are also remnants of the logging industry that existed there many years ago that provide some interest.

The trail that runs along the river seems to be an old road and is popular with bikers.

I paddled upstream for about 5 1/2 hours and got back in just 1 1/2 or so. In that time I saw two paddle boarders on the river and caught glimpses of a few riders on the trail. I was very surprised to see the harbor seals that far up the river, and had a great time watching the otters playing.

It was a cold and overcast day and I almost decided to skip this but went anyway and it was awesome!