Headlands Trail (Devil’s Punchbowl)

EASY 9 reviews

Headlands Trail (Devil’s Punchbowl) is a 0.4 mile loop trail located near Mendocino, California that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
13 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

cave

views

Starting at the picnic area overlooking Panhorst Bridge, walk southwest along the bluff edge past lichen-laced pines and jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean. Stay close to the craggy shoreline as you round the corner at the southern end of the trail. Head north for a couple of minutes, then veer 200 feet inland to the sinkhole overlook, Devil’s Punchbowl. This 100-foot by 60-foot basin was created when a tunnel penetrating inland from the ocean collapsed. At high tide, it’s a roiling cauldron of water.

11 days ago

Breathtaking views at every turn. We saw a family of otters swimming and taking shelter in a cave. Go, just go!

2 months ago

This trail is awesome! Quick, easy, and beautiful along the way. Don't be scared like the previous commentor lol

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery but beware! Parts of trail are inches from the drop off. Russian Gulch has probably not received the memo saying that trails need to be away from the edge of ocean bluffs. Dangerous and as real as tomorrow's headlines.

hiking
4 months ago

Blufftop area that has a number of trails so you can explore a bit of the area. Other than the beautiful coastline, the sinkhole is definitely worth the stop. It's connected to the ocean and the resulting effects to the sinkhole are very mesmerising.

hiking
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hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017