Looking for a great trail near Mendocino, California? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Russian Gulch State Park or Van Damme Beach State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Mendocino ranging from 3.8 to 6.2 miles and from 19 to 895 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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!!

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

This is truly glorious trail - the best We’ve ever experienced! On our way back we used North trail - this way we didn’t have to repeat the same trail

Trail was awesome. My wife and I just completed the North Loop the waterfall and we really enjoyed how peaceful and serene it was. We didn’t run into anyone else on the North Loop until we met up with the Waterfall trail . Saw lots of awesome redwoods, ferns, mushrooms, bugs and blackberry picking. The trail has a ton of repeat value, would love to come back early in the summer to see the waterfalls really flowing.

Great September day for a hike. We took the south trail out, did the loop counterclockwise, and took the north trail back. Took 2.5 hrs and 11.8km for a couple of brisk hikers. We'd rank this on the easy side of moderate. Beautiful old growth forest and trail in excellent condition. A few muddy patches.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Easy trail that is well maintained. The mosquitoes attack at about mile 3.

hiking
over grown
2 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.

Nice view, but not much room to walk around here.

Dog friendly hike. Not well marked but download the map on AllTrails and you’ll be fine. Very shady and pleasant. Easy hike, good access to road. Beautiful forest views.

Easy hike into A dense old forest. Surrounded by beautiful Redwoods and mixed forest and ended I had a beautiful waterfall surrounded by enormous trees, easy hike out

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.

Great trail, nice variety of landscapes. Some muddy spots but nothing impassable

on Big River Trail

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Flat even terrain beautiful area, lots of mosquitoes make sure to have bug spray!

hiking
no shade
over grown
2 months ago

Nice and easy. Well maintained

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall !!! You have to pay $7 @ the entrance and lots of parking space. Tall redwood trees

hiking
2 months ago

Super kid friendly.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

Poison Oak galore.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

A nice walk down an old logging road with very occasional views of the river. If you want to see the river, I’d consider renting a kayak. For the most part this trail is a tree lined road with little elevation change and a lot of mosquitos. It’s not a bad trail.... there are just so many that are better. It might make for a real nice bike ride.

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over grown
3 months ago

Fantastic over grown single track overlooking the ocean. Soaking wet after a rainy/foggy night. Should have waterproofed up! Lots of opportunity to use the camera. This is a hike well worth your time.

We enjoyed the hike very much. The first part of the lollipop (before the loop) is paved for bike traffic. It is lovely, but I enjoyed the loop part even more because of the trees. The waterfall was lovely! And I likeed that the trail to you to the both the bottom and top of the falls. There were some muddy patches, but nothing to deter you. If I had to do it again I would have brought a picnic to eat at the falls.

mountain biking
3 months ago

we were on our electric bikes - it was a perfect day. at the furthest point from the start was a place that was really overgrown, full of mosquitoes and we were stopped from going further because the river interrupted the trail. plus we would have had to descend about a 20 ft. trail drop into the river, and didn't see any trail on the other side of the river.

Very enjoyable hike out to the waterfall and back. You amble through lush greenery, including lots of berry bushes, alongside the creek. There is a short climb of a few hundred feet that adds a nice but easy workout to the mix. The newer trees growing out of the stumps of fallen giants was a particular highlight.

hiking
3 months ago

Was so beautiful! Took our big family including our 5 year old and senior dog. Definitely a must-see if you are in the area, just off Highway 1. The tide pools were great, the kids got soaked getting too close when a wave came in it was great! The trail down the steps to the beach gets steep (too steep for my dog but not my 5 yr old) & then we had the whole beach to ourselves! Watch out for poison ivy before walking down those steps to the beach though!! There’s an alternate route to avoid it :)

Fun nice 1 mile trail good for family dog friendly near the door

As another reviewer stated, there is a lot of crisscrossing trails that are not on the alltrails map which made finding our way a bit complicated at times. Without my phone to use as GPS I think we would have had a hard time finding our way. Definitely bring an extra battery for your phone if you plan to do this hike! We avoided most of the roads by taking trails wherever possible - like we took the "O No" trail and it was totally fine. A bit steep in parts but better than walking on the road. We had shade the whole day which was marvelous! It was really beautiful and we enjoyed ourselves. We did not see a single other person the whole time! I think our hike ended up being closer to 16.5 miles. If you want a beautiful but long shaded hike through mixed redwood (some nice big old growth groves), Douglas fir, huckleberry and tan oak... This is your hike!

walking
3 months ago

Very nice views. Very easy walk. It's across the street from the end of the Main Street stores so perfect for taking a break from shopping. Just be sure you brought walking shoes.

Terrific and well maintained. Nice change from all the coastal hikes The 3.8 miles appears to be the loop only. Getting to the loop and back adds a couple miles by our measure.

Nice hike ... clear Trail some parts still a little muddy..incline last .7 mile to waterfall but beautiful once there... we did full loop and a little more incline but then easy decent back to fern trail.. will explore more hikes here.

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