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

road biking
11 days ago

good for endurance biking

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

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

1 month 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.

on Waterfall Loop Trail

1 month ago

Loop is better taken in clockwise direction. Wear sturdy shoes and hiking pole(s) for added stability. Trail is single track, narrow, high on the canyon wall. Not treacherous but not for very young kids imo. Gorgeous scenery.

3 months ago

Not sure but recording on this trail was not running accurate. Entrance to trail appears to be where asphalt ends. Because it rained night before trail was spongey and slippery in spots. Hiking pole(s) would have helped today. Trail is wide and a downhill most of the was to the falls. After falls we returned the way we came. The falls after the rain was roaring and well worth the trip. The stairs down to the falls can be tricky so watch the kids, dogs and yourself

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.

on Waterfall Loop Trail

4 months ago

For seventy years, this was a nice trail on a beautiful day in February. Easy.

really pretty waterfall at the half way point in the fern canyon trail. such a nice pit stop

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

This is such a pleasant hike. Super green fern heaven and ends in a beautiful waterfall. You can also just go to the waterfall and turn back. The trails are super well maintained. Decent hike all around from a workout. Not too strenuous. Kids loved it as well.

Good short hike through the redwoods and to the waterfall. Hiking in the rain was a unique experience and the waterfall do looks great after a good walk through the woods

9 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Trail is narrow at times and there are some old fallen trees to get around. There weren't very many people for a weekend in Oct.

wonderful views and easy to follow trail.

for its sheer beauty!

11 months ago

Great family hiking with great ocean views and easy path.

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

fun easy beautiful

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Beautiful, peaceful walk. Some serious up-hill climbing at times-good cardio!

Beautiful place with lots of birds!

Friday, April 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.

Friday, April 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.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

lovely even in cloudy sunlight...roaring and restful

Thursday, March 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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beautiful anytime of year! Waterfall is amazing after all the recent rain. There is a fair amount of incline and decline. Take the 2.2 loop logging road trail for the easiest hike or add a 4 mile loop to make it adventurous. Great for family hike. Great for romantic beauty.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Easy trail along the bluffs. Great views

Sunday, June 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.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Beautiful scenery

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Absolutely beautiful! So many beautiful spots and a couple beach access trails. 100% recommend this trail it's so pretty! Everywhere you look there is an amazing view. If you visit Mendocino you should definitely visit this trail and even if you only walk a little part of the trail it is a must do!

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