Mackerricher State Park Road

MacKerricher State Park, California

Elevation Gain108ft
Trailhead Elevation24ft
Elevation Min/Max17/45ft
Elevation Start/End24/24ft

Mackerricher State Park Road

Mackerricher State Park Road is a hiking and biking trail in Mendocino County, California. It is within MacKerricher State Park and Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve. It is a mile long and begins at 24 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 108 feet. The Beach Access Parking can be seen along the trail. There are also beach access along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Haul Road Connector and Haul Road Multiuse Path.

Mackerricher State Park Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Ten Mile Coastal Trail, also referred to as the Old Haul Road, hugs the shoreline bluffs and dunes from Fort Bragg north to Ten Mile River. The river gets its creative name for the fact that it’s 10 miles north of the Noyo River. The Ten Mile Coastal Trail is really a seven-mile out-and-back stretch (3.5 miles each way) of mostly paved trail. Unfortunately, winter storms over the years have washed away an approximate one-mile stretch in the midsection of this route, thus foiling an otherwise pleasant seven-mile northerly trek to Ten Mile River. If you’re a hearty rider, you have the option of traversing the washout by foot in order to rejoin the paved trail and continue on to the northern terminus. Otherwise, you can use the washout, reached at about 3.5 miles from the southern starting point, as your turnaround."

"Although short, this very scenic ride is strenuous. Highway 1 hugs the rugged coastline, dropping in and then climbing out of the many narrow canyons that cut the steep cliffs. Some sections of the road are without shoulders. Traffic is generally light, except on midsummer weekends. Although this is a short ride, you can easily devote an entire day to exploring this section of the coast. The day starts with a ride through Fort Bragg, a lumber town whose main attraction is the Skunk Railroad. The not-so-charming name of “Skunk” was derived from the smell of the original engines, which have been replaced with a less pungent variety. The train travels east through farmlands and redwood country to end at the town of Willits. Also in Fort Bragg are a large logging museum, a tree nursery, and Noyo Harbor, which is the largest working harbor between Eureka and San Francisco. During the Fourth of July weekend, the harbor is home of the world’s largest salmon barbecue. A few miles south, at Jughandle State Reserve, you can study a half-million years of the earth’s history by walking a nature trail up an ecological staircase with five distinct terraces, each about 100 feet higher and 100,000 years older than the last."

Mackerricher State Park Road Reviews

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This is a very easy trail that follows the coastline from Fort Bragg to the Ten Mile River. The trail used to be the old haul road for the now closed Georgia Pacific Lumber Mill and much of it is not washed out. The former trestle bridge is finally being rebuilt and this will allow the trail to be accessed directly from the town of Fort Bragg. I use it when I just want a quick ride and don't have a lot of time. The scenery is very pretty and the cove at McKericher is a nice stop for a few minutes. I gave it a 4 star rating not for its difficulty but because its overall a very pleasant ride. Watch out for pedestrians on the trail.

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Trail Information

MacKerricher State Park
Nearby City
MacKerricher State Park
Mendocino Area Parks Association, 707-937-5397
Local Contacts
Northwind Mendocino Coast Parks Guide
Local Maps

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Sep 2018