Explore the most popular nature trips 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
7 days ago

good for endurance biking

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

Nice hike. Crazy number of rhododendrons in spring.

Completed this on June 11th. So much green! I came at sunrise and there was no one on the trail at all. I paid 8 bucks at the entrance of the park for parking

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

on North Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail. We took it from the campsite all the way to the beginning of the fall loop -- and after the fall loop we took Fern Canyon Trail (wide, paved) back to the campsite.
North Trail -- not to be confused with North Road, although the two trails intersect up on the ridge -- is a beautifully graded single track, very quiet and peaceful. It climbs the hillside from the campsite area all the way to a ridge, then it follows the ridge on a level course and finally descends on wide switchbacks to a junction with Fern Canyon Trail. Turn L to go towards Fall Loop.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail and loved the changes in terrain. We followed Nicole Zanni’s advice and took the North Trail, to the North Boundary, to the East Trail, to Fern Canyon. We were moving pretty quick and it took 2.5 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. A little elevation at the beginning but you reach the top pretty quickly. I recommend starting out on the North Trail then connect to the North Boundary Trail. You get to see a really crazy looking Pygmy forest. Jump off at the East Trail then connect to Fern Canyon which takes you to the top of the waterfalls. Beautiful! If you finish the hike continuing on Fern Canyon it’ll be a 6.75 mile hike. Really pretty with lots of different vegetation in a short amount of time.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the best trails! #Redwoods

Beautiful, all the fern so green and healthy, the waterfall is breathtaking.

hiking
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

I completed this trail on a Wednesday at the end of March. There were some areas where the trail was muddy, but nothing you couldn’t walk around (or through!) There were some areas with limited coverage but for the most part the trail is covered by beautiful redwoods! It was a little muggy so definitely bring bug spray to fend off mosquitos. I have not done a hike in a while, so halfway through the waterfall loop portion, I was huffing and puffing a bit, but once you make it to the waterfall, it’s smooth sailing back to the campground. There’s plenty of opportunities for breaks to take photos of the wildlife and landscape! It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Relatively easy trail. Was fairly muddy after some rain, but manageable. The waterfall was in full force and a nice touch to the loop. It's interesting getting a number of different forest ecosystems. The beginning is more oaks, then more redwoods when in the canyon, and pines when on the hill.

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

so beautiful! lots of mushrooms, ferns, and redwoods

hiking
5 months ago

Enjoyable hike with enough elevation change to add a little challenge, especially since the recent rains have bogged it a bit. Waterfall running strong.

hiking
6 months ago

All in all, this was a delightful and relatively flat stroll. To correct an earlier poster, the trail to the waterfall is still *open*, although the campgrounds at Russian Gulch have closed for the season. Some of the bathrooms have also closed, but there is at least one with a flush toilet that is still open. The forest was incredibly green and lush, and the waterfall itself is delicate and beautiful now because there hasn't been much rain this season. Be careful on the wooden bridges and if you are playing around near the waterfall - the wetness in the forest can make the ground very slick!

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

hiking
6 months ago

The trail was closed for the season until spring. Also dogs are not permitted on the trail. They are allowed on the Headlane Trails that go along the cliffs and they are allowed on the jetty beach. $8 for a day pass parking. The Headlane Trails are beautiful and decently easy to hike. Just beware of ticks. I got one and my dog got three. Happy Trails!

Completed the entire trail but at times the trail let us to different roads. The trail signs are not visible or perhaps aren’t there at all. Trail is a 15.5 distance but we ended up doing 18.5 in hike. It was a great trail in spite of everything else.

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.

This is a beautiful spot but hiking here is beyond difficult and not because of distance or terrain. This place is a mesh work of unmarked, cris-crossing trails. If I hadn’t had my GPS I fear that I might not have found my way back to the trailhead. You can walk the road but the logging trucks are frequent and they slow down for nothing and no one. Golden chanterelle mushrooms were plentiful. I don’t know if it is legal to harvest the so I left them.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail was very well-maintained for this time of season. There were a couple of washed out sections but nothing bad. Good traction throughout entire trail, with a few minor mud bogs. The highlight was the beautiful beautiful scenery. We will make a point to do this hike every time we are in the area.

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

hiking
7 months ago

A quite respectable fern canyon with a waterfall :)
If you're up for some more elevation, check out the North Trail on the way, as the route shows, but take that side-loop up along the North Boundary Trail (shown in blue), it gets into some strange bone-white pygmy forest.

Beautiful trail, well-maintained, few people. I would recommend this!!

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