Mendocino Headlands

Loop • 3.2 mi • 200 ft

The quaint and picturesque hamlet of Mendocino, featured in the long-running TV series Murder She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury, provides a fine backdrop to the rugged headlands bordering the town on three sides. On this 3-mile walk along the edge of the headlands and through town, hikers experience a fine contrast between the handiwork of nature and the architecture of man. Sheer bluffs offer beautiful vistas of the rocky coastline pounded by the crashing surf with excellent vantage points for observing the varied marine life, including migrating whales, dolphins, seals, and a host of sea birds. Walking through town includes the possibility of grabbing a bite to eat or quaffing a libation—a most civilized way to hike.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mendocino
Length: 3.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: 1
Duration: 2–4 hours
Season: The trail is open all year. Wildflowers bloom in spring and early summer, providing opportunities for picture-postcard views of the coastline and the quaint village of Mendocino.
Other Uses: Running, Dogs Allowed (on leash)
Local Contacts: Mendocino National Forest
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