Big River Trail

MODERATE 31 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
321 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

paddle sports

beach

river

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
10 days ago

From Main Street you can walk between the Presbyterian Church & Chevron Gas Station and pick up trail to the beach. Journey down the staircase to beach. Easy trail you can walk to the head of river it along the beach West. Be aware of tide changes especially if you start walking to headlands. Many seals can be seen tracing down river near its month especially during out and slack tide.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Very peaceful, mostly level ride. However, we rode past the 6 mile marker and the trail made no indications it was ending. So I am not sure how much farther it goes. Beautiful scenery including trees, river, birds ,etc.

2 months ago

super pretty river surrounded by redwoods. can go on for a long ways!

hiking
2 months ago

Construction complete. Trail open 1/20/18. New gravel down along primary and secondary trails, still some storm runoff and standing water, all easily passable, but be prepared. New bridge as well. Cold sunrise start but a great day hike. Look for river otter activity and listen for the woodpeckers.

5 months ago

Trail closed under construction 11/18 2017

6 months ago

Lovely! Easy hike with fun and beautiful views everywhere.

7 months ago

Ran this a couple times, peaceful and pretty

8 months ago

Great trail with a lot of wildlife.

trail running
8 months ago

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

11 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..

paddle sports
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!

mountain biking
8 hours ago

hiking
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hiking
9 months ago

recorded Big River Trail

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