Headlands Trail (Devil’s Punchbowl) [CLOSED]

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Russian Gulch State Park

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, 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

walking

running

beach

cave

views

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. 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.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was great for the family. No elevation gain to speak of made it easy for the wife and 2 year old grand baby. Even before getting to the punchbowl, there were quiet a few other caves being washed into the cliffs. The cliffs next to the ocean had the wife's attention, which was kinda fun. The punchbowl was quite sizable. With the ocean, how can you go wrong?

hiking
9 months ago

Bring mosquito repellent!! Pretty walk on an old logging road along Big River. We were able to walk over 3 miles out and bikes went further than we did.

hiking
Thu Nov 01 2018

GO IN TO THE PARK! The GPS directions will take you to a private road. Super quick walk to the sinkhole, and beautiful views from the cliffs.

Wed Oct 03 2018

Great views and nice trail!

Sat Aug 04 2018

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

Tue Jun 12 2018

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

hiking
Mon May 28 2018

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
Sun Mar 18 2018

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.

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