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Mendocino Cliffs

Beautiful hike along the cliffs of Mendocino. Explore tide pools while enjoying amazing views in Northern California
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview:  Despite its small size, Mendocino's scenic location on a headland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean has made it extremely popular as an ... more »

Tips:  Mendocino is located on Hwy 1. Turn west on Main Street. Take all the way to the end and park anywhere along the street.

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Points of Interest

1. Parking/Trailhead

Park anywhere along the Main St. and you will find the trailhead here at the end of the street.

To the East you will see the Big River entering Mendocino Bay in front of you.

3. Stairs to the Beach

Follow the stairs here for beach access.

4. Beach Walk

Be careful of logs and driftwood, and sneaky waves.

5. Punchbowl

The ground has colapsed here so you can look down and see the waves crashing in the cave below.

6. Cliff Viewpoint

Nice view of the bay, as well as looking across to the cliffs on the trail ahead.

7. Another Cliff Viewpoint

8. Tidepools

Becareful on these slippery rocks. You'll find lots of seaguls and you will find sealife in the tidepools.

9. Lagoon and Caves

Really cool viewpoint of blue lagoon and caves made from rock erosion.