Explore the most popular trails near Fort Bragg with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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nature trips
2 months ago

beautiful walk with my kids

What a great walk

I highly recommend this trip! I spent several hours here, there was so much to see and enjoy! The bathrooms were very nice and clean, the gift shop was adorable and the cafe has great options, including vegan options! There is also a nursery/garden shop attached. The trails through the gardens were beautiful! There were lots of birds and bees and butterflies all around, it was lovely. Everything was in bloom and it smelled amazing! The trails were so peaceful. Eventually you make your way to the ocean cliffs and wow, what a view! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you!!!

Very sweet little trail that takes you through several different plant communities we enjoyed the walk

Camped at east area at MacKerricher and left from there. We've done the portion on the point before so we didn't do it as part of this hike.

Long, flat, maintained service road is like 75% of the hike. Great Pacific views and plenty of little beaches to stop at.

Once you're at Fort Bragg it is sidewalk...and Glass Beach is so-so if you are just two adults.

Not much to look at eastward the whole walk.

Good to do as an activity if you're camping where we were to get some exercise...but I think a bike would be more fun...with a picnic on these hard to get to beaches.

very pretty, cliffhouse was really cool!

Super easy and accessible trail. Gorgeous views and well worth the hike.

Camped at Surfwood, so started the trail from the Main Beach day use parking area across the street from the campgrounds. I took the boardwalk to the point. On the return walk from the point, when the boardwalk starts to loop back around, there are trails that lead from the boardwalk. You have to hop down from the boardwalk; the trails aren’t marked with signage. I took one of them, and it was awesome for about a mile. It was a foggy, misty morning, but was still beautiful. Saw a Plover and pretty, bright red coastal succulents. After about a mile though, the trail hits a waterway and is overgrown, but detours to actual old haul road. A lot of cyclists and more people. It was early still, so I’m sure that road gets a lot more traffic later in the day. I was hoping for a longer trail along the coast. Still was a lovely and easy walk.

nature trips
5 months ago

This is an amazing place. I would recommend going off trail, because there are tons of dunes a bit inland to explore

lovely trail, especially on an overcast day. there were no trail guides at the parking lot, a shame since it's interesting to learn about the geology, ecosystems, and botany you're passing through. pay attention to your route so you can find your way back...

Variety of beautiful views, beach, tropical, soaring redwoods and the open Pygmy forest at the top. Trail a little confusing at times and that added a little adventure and fun.

Nice trail

walking
9 months ago

Very pleasant walking path, it get a bit close to the cliff edge in some spots but you can get off the trail to walk a little further from the edge.

hiking
9 months ago

pretty trail along beach and redwoods finished at around 6 miles

hiking
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Beautiful flowers and views.

hi! great looking trail.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The end point was beautiful....but this is more of a short walk to the ocean edge. You walk between private property that reminds you constantly of that the entire way. I was wondering who was watching and if I was trespassing. Packed in my 10 month old. Again breathe taking views, but wouldn't take little ones. Easement is 25 feet from cliff.

Beautiful and breathtaking. It's easy to walk it for hours I would recommend it to anyone visiting Mendocino.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Super easy hike, right from our campsite at Jug Handle Creek Farm to the ocean.

walking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Had a great walk along the shore picking up plastic debris, amazing the stuff that washes up and very sad to think of the stuff that does not!

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

A stunning hike. If you are not familiar with the area grab one of the informational pamphlets and take yourself on a tour! I did the entire trail which includes the coastal path. You do not want to miss that part!

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

This is a beautiful trail. Well kept up. It is pretty level the whole way until you head down to the ocean. Very accessible for children young and old (not stroller accessible for the most part). Ok to take you dog on leash only unless signs state otherwise. You'll love it!

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

I have been to this waterfall numerous times. I love the location however, the waterfall itself is not awe inspiring and the trail is steep and slippery. Plus you should know that this trail would be difficult for young children (-5). FYI
-The waterfall is a stream of water that has more volume in the winter months (Dec - April). This stream of water cascades over what looks to be a giant (and I mean giant!) black boulder. The structure of the waterfall is amazing, its just that the amount of water flow can be disappointing.
-The Location is amazing! Another post states that the location is "other-worldly" and I couldn't agree more! It looks like you have stepped into a movie. Beautiful redwood trees live and extremely tall along with some fallen redwoods that can be climbed on and experienced horizontally. There are also some beautiful clearings if you venture past the waterfall.

Overall I gave the trail 3 stars for the accessibility and the amount of water flow. The hike is also pretty short, and can be challenging on the way back.

walking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Amazing! Takes about 2-3 hours to see everything. Admission is $14 for general, kids less, dogs are free. We brought our dog and she loved it, lots of little forest trails to walk thorough and shaded areas with a little creek. The bluffs are worth it at the end! Easy walk and the gardens are beautiful with most species labeled.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Beautiful, secluded beach perfect for off the leash fun with a pup

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Very beautiful setting of the variety and then the ocean view is amazing

birding
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Beautiful! An easy trail that showcases the many micro climate ecologies of the Mendocino coast

Monday, August 31, 2015

Easy walk/hike. Make sure you pick up the pamphlet that takes you through the ecological staircase. There are markers along the way.

walking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

I give this one 5 stars because it's picturesque the entire way ending at the beautiful Mendocino Coast. It's more of a walk than a hike.

road biking
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Biked from Glass Beach to MacKerricker part. Beautiful.

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