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Mendocino Headlands Trail

EASY 70 reviews

Mendocino Headlands Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mendocino, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 104 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

cave

views

wild flowers

hiking
11 days ago

Hiking in Mendocino is on my list. I did it yesterday (Nov/24/2019). I got lucky, weather so nice. I took Mendocino Headland State Park. The trail on another side of Mendocino town. It is more like walking and playing.I saw a lot of couples, kids, dogs. Plenty of play to sit. Watching the wave is my favor. I thought I having whole place for myself. I love ocean air, it smells so fresh, it heals my soul. A nice place to be,Wish I did not have to leave. But I’m heading to mountain ( Russian Gulch State Park).

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail with kids - lots of natural arches, caves

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail!! Beautiful overlooks of the ocean so many cool coves of private beaches!! Easy to access trail a little populated after noon. Amazing photos quick fun easy walk!!

walking
2 months ago

More of a walk in a park area than an actual trail. Really pretty views and good for walking the dog.

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

Dog friendly hike. You can either walk on the road (moderate car traffic) or in the brush along the cliffs. This area is quite overgrown and zig-zags between the cliffside and the road. Beautiful views, though.

hiking
no shade
over grown
3 months ago

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

Poison Oak galore.

hiking
over grown
5 months ago

beautiful view but totally overgrown in patches. ended up moving to the road to make it through the run.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic views of the Pacific, surrounded by wild flowers and succulents. Not too crowded. Be prepared for the winds.

hiking
6 months ago

More of a walk than trail hike, pretty ocean views

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely walk that is easily accessible from the town. Also if you just wanted to do parts of the walk there are several places you can start and stop. Lots of cliff tops to explore with great birds. Parts of the walk the paths were overgrown so I would suggest long trousers.

hiking
6 months ago

Very scenic trail, easy walk along the cliffs. Great for a morning or evening walk to watch the sunset. It’s also right by the town center so easy parking if you are visiting the area. Also a great place to have a picnic as there are some benches where you can sit and enjoy the view.

Mon Jul 30 2018

pretty

road biking
Wed Jul 11 2018

good for endurance biking

Tue Jul 10 2018

Spectacular coastal hike. Ocean waves have carved sea caves & arches. There's a beautiful beach. Mendocino is a historic town with picturesque "New England" architecture. This was the stand-in for Cabot Cove in the TV Series "Murder She Wrote." This is a hiking favorite! Watch a video of this hike at

walking
Mon Jul 02 2018

Beautiful morning walk, with access from cliff to beach area. Directly across from Mendocino town for lunch.

hiking
Thu Dec 28 2017

Gorgeous hike! Just be careful about ticks! I got one and my dog got three!

Sat Sep 23 2017

wonderful views and easy to follow trail.

Tue Aug 29 2017

for its sheer beauty!

walking
Sat Aug 05 2017

Great family hiking with great ocean views and easy path.

Thu Aug 03 2017

It's a super easy. The views are some of the best I've ever seen. Something out of a movie. Really just go to see the views from the cliffs. the other half is a stroll through town.

Mon Jun 12 2017

fun easy beautiful

hiking
Sat May 27 2017

Beautiful views of the water along this bluff hike, reminded me of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

Fri May 12 2017

Beautiful place with lots of birds!

walking
Fri Apr 07 2017

Gorgeous. Stopped in briefly, wish we had more time to spend there! Terrific view, easy walking along the meadows and headlands. Can walk down some stairs to the beach at Big River as well.

Fri Apr 07 2017

Absolutely gorgeous easy hike along the coastline. Stunning views of the Mendocino coast. Pretty wild flowers growing along the way. It's a point to point so have a game plan for when you reach the end. I chose to run back to the trailhead through town.

walking
Thu Mar 02 2017

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.

Sat Aug 06 2016

Easy trail along the bluffs. Great views

hiking
Sun Jun 19 2016

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.

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