Location: Mendocino, CA
Features: Hiking, ocean views, bluffs, trails, beach, blowhole, downtown, dog friendly, vista points, benches, bathrooms
The Mendocino Headlands surround downtown Mendocino on three sides.
There are miles of trails that trace the edges of the bluffs, which can be accessed in several locations.
There are two entrances along Main St. No matter where you start from, it’s not difficult to find! The end of Main St. closest to Heeser St. is the most direct entrance to the beach.
Take the trail until it veers off down the edge of the bluff. This path will lead you down to a breathtaking, secluded beach.
Like most (or all!) of the beaches in Mendocino, this beach is dog-friendly, as long as your dog is leashed and under control.
Look for the tunnel-like blowhole in the bluff closest to the path, which can be seen from the shore.
Continue walking along this beach and look for the lush growth along the bluffs edge. In some spots water trickles down the cliff edges which causes sections of the brown bluffs to burst with green foliage and orange wildflowers.
To continue along the bluffs, climb back up the path you came down near the blowhole.
Once you get back on the main trail, you can continue walking along the bluff edge and overlook the Pacific Ocean. The trail leads to an aerial view of the blowhole as well.
Continue on this path as far as you’d like. There are several lookout points and benches dotted along the trail. These serve as great inspiration points, or even just relaxing spots to enjoy lunch or a coffee!
Look out past the town, and you will get a glimpse of Big River Beach.
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