The Hiker's hip pocket Guide
to the Mendocino Coast

by Bob LorentzenHiker's hip pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast

Third Edition, Version 2010! Includes hikes in the new Big River State Park and trail updates through December, 2009.

Our most popular book, now with 29,000 copies in print, details all the public hiking trails on and near the coast between Gualala and Whale Gulch. Includes all the state parks: Russian Gulch, VanDamme, MacKerricher, Jughandle, Navarro River Redwoods, Hendy Woods, Montgomery Woods, Manchester, and more, plus the Northern California Coast Range Preserve, the best of Jackson State Forest, and many little known coastal access points.

This is the only guide that details all the hiking trails of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park on the famed Lost Coast. This completely new edition has a new cover, several new maps, and more information about finding the magic along the majestic Mendocino coast.


“Essential. An excellent and accurate book for exploring on foot. The best guide-books [to the Mendocino coast.]”    ~Motorland/Via

“Both serious nature lover and casual looker should find it worth the price.”   ~L. A. Times

“Thoroughly organized, detailed and illustrated—and they actually fit in your pocket.”    ~Backpacker

From the back cover:

Goddess Earth lives and magic is afoot on the Mendocino coast. Find the magic of nature with this comprehensive guide in your hip pocket. It leads you along 54 great trails from short easy walks to remote backpacks.

Discover all the new and classic hikes in this fully revamped edition, the first in ten years!

Bob Lorentzen has written seven acclaimed guide books to northern California. He first wrote this guide in 1986 because nobody had described the hiking trails of the Mendocino coast. Now in its third edition, this book has sold more than 20,000 copies. Bob has lived in Mendocino County for 24 years and hiked most of these trails many times. He and his family love to explore new country and find new trails, reveling in the magic of nature.

240 pages, 4" x 9", full-color cover, 30 maps, 38 illustrations, index, 2009.
ISBN 978-0-939431-17-5.  trade paper.

Price: $16.00

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The Table of Contents:

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION   1

WHAT KIND OF TRAIL ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?   9

GENERAL MAP OF THE COAST   12

INTRODUCTION    13

How to Use This Book   13

The Dangers   14

The Symbols   15

The History   18

The Climate   20

Get Ready, Get Set, Hike!   21

THE TRAILS

King Range Conservation Area

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise to Whale Gulch   23

2. Chemise Mountain from Nadelos or Wailaki   28


Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

3.Whale Gulch   33

4. Needle Rock to Flat Rock Creek   35

5. Bear Harbor   38

6. Lost Coast   42

7. Sally Bell Grove/Wheeler Road   50

8. Usal Waterfall   53

9. Hotel Gulch    57


Near Westport

10. DeHaven Creek to Wages Creek   59

11. Angelo Preserve   63

12. Bruhel Point   70


MacKerricher State Park

13. North to Ten Mile River   77

14.Laguna Point   82

15. Lake Cleone   84

16. MacKerricher South Headlands   86


Fort Bragg

17. Glass Beach/Pudding Creek Headlands   88

18. Fort Bragg History Walk   91

19. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens   97


Jackson State Forest

20. North Fork of South Fork Noyo River   102

21. Chamberlain Creek   108

22. Mendocino Hiking & Equestrian, Part 1: Sherwood Road    110

23. MHE, Part 2: Hwy. 20 to Sherwood Road   115


Jughandle State Reserve

24. Jughandle North Headlands   119

25. Jughandle Ecological Staircase   123

26. Point Cabrillo Preserve   130


Russian Gulch State Park

27. Waterfall Loop   134

28. BlowholeWalk   139

29. South Headlands Loop   140


Town of Mendocino

30. Mendocino History Walk    145


Mendocino Headlands State Park

31. Headlands West and North   150

32. South Headlands to Big River Beach 154


Near Mendocino

33. MHE, Part 3: Little Lake Rd. to Hwy. 20   157

34. Forest History Trail   161

35. Montgomery Woods State Reserve   166

36. Chapman Point & Spring Ranch Headlands   172

37. Little River Point   176


Van Damme State Park

38. Fern Canyon   179

39. Pygmy Forest/Upper Fern Canyon Loop   183

40. Navarro-By-The-Sea   186


Hendy Woods State Park

41. Gentle Giants Loop   191

42. Discovery Loop   193

43. Navarro River Hike   195


South Coast

44. Greenwood State Beach   197

45. Manchester State Park   200

46. Point Arena Lighthouse and Headlands   204

47. Moat Creek to Bowling Ball Beach   207

48. Schooner Gulch to Whiskey Shoals   210

49. Schooner Gulch   213


Gualala Point Regional Park/Sea Ranch

50. Headlands to Beach Loop   216

51. River Trail South   220

52. Blufftop Trail   222

53. Salal Trail   226

54. Other Sea Ranch Trails   228

Common and Scientific names of plants along the trails   232

FURTHER READING   236

INDEX   238

ABOUT BORED FEET   240

What Kind Of Trail Are You Looking For?

The Hiker's hip pocket Guide
to the Mendocino Coast
also includes this cross referenced list to help you find the kind of hike you are seeking.

TRAILS FOR BACKPACKING

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise to Whale Gulch

3. Whale Gulch (to Environmental Camps)

5. Bear Harbor (to Environmental Camps)

6. Lost Coast

7. Sally Bell Grove (to Wheeler)

20. North Fork of South Fork Noyo River

22. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 1

23. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 2

33. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 3

38. Fern Canyon (to Environmental Camps)

45. Manchester State Park (to Environmental Camps)

TRAILS WHERE DOGS ARE ALLOWED

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise Mountain (to 6 miles)

2. Chemise Mountain

5. Bear Harbor

8. Usal Waterfall

10. DeHaven Creek to Wages Creek

12. Bruhel Point

13. North to Ten Mile River

14. Laguna Point

17. Glass Beach/Pudding Creek Headlands

20. North Fork of South Fork Noyo River

21. Chamberlain Creek

22. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 1

23. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 2

28. Blowhole Walk

29. South Headlands Loop

31. Mendocino Headlands West and North

32. Mendocino South Headlands to Big River Beach

33. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 3

34. Forest History Trail

35. Montgomery Woods State Reserve

40. Navarro-By-The-Sea—see OTHER SUGGESTION: Navarro Ridge

43. Navarro River Hike

44. Greenwood State Beach

45. Manchester State Park

47. Moat Creek to Bowling Ball Beach

48. Schooner Gulch North to Whiskey Shoals

54. Other Sea Ranch Trails

TRAILS FOR EQUESTRIANS

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise Mountain

2. Chemise Mountain

3. Whale Gulch

5. Bear Harbor

6. Lost Coast (Bear Harbor to Wheeler)

7. Sally Bell Grove

9. Hotel Gulch

13. North to Ten Mile River

16. MacKerricher South Headlands

22. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 1

23. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 2

33. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 3

40. Navarro-By-The-Sea—see OTHER SUGGESTION: Navarro Ridge

43. Navarro River Hike

45. Manchester State Park

TRAILS FOR MOUNTAIN BIKES

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise Mountain

2. Chemise Mountain

7. Sally Bell Grove

9. Hotel Gulch

10. DeHaven Creek to Wages Creek—see OTHER SUGGESTION: Blufftop North to Howard Creek

13. North to Ten Mile River

22. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 1

23. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 2

27. Waterfall Loop—first 1-5/8 miles

33. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 3

38. Fern Canyon

39. Upper Fern Canyon to river ford

40. Navarro-By-The-Sea—see OTHER SUGGESTION: Navarro Ridge

43. Navarro River Hike

TRAILS FOR BICYCLES

10. DeHaven to Wages—see OTHER SUGGESTTON: Blufftop North to Howard Creek

13. North to Ten Mile River

27. Waterfall Loop—first 1-5/8 miles

33. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian, Part 3

38. Fern Canyon

50. Headlands to Beach Loop

TRAILS FOR HANDICAPPED ACCESS

10. DeHaven to Wages—see OTHER SUGGESTION

14. Laguna Point

15. Lake Cleone

18. Fort Bragg History Walk

19. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

26. Point Cabrillo Preserve

27. Waterfall Loop—first 1-5/8 miles

30. Mendocino History Walk

38. Fern Canyon

39. Pygmy Forest (plus dirt trail ½ mile beyond)

41. Gentle Giants Loop

50. Headlands to Beach Loop

Other trails may be handicapped accessible with assistance or for marginally handicapped.

TRAILS FOR JOGGERS

13. North to Ten Mile River

17. Glass Beach/Pudding Creek Headlands

19. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

23. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian Trail, Part 2

27. Waterfall Loop

31. West & North Headlands

32. South Headlands to Big River Beach

33. Mendocino Hiking and Equestrian Trail, Part 3

36. Chapman Point

37. Little River Point

38. Fern Canyon

39. Upper Fern Canyon Loop

43. Navarro River Hike

45. Manchester State Park

50. Headlands to Beach Loop

52. Blufftop Trail

CANOE ACCESS

South Fork Eel River: Highway 1 at M.105.00, Highway 101 at many points

Ten Mile River: Highway 1 at M.69.67

Lake Cleone: see Trail #15

Noyo River: Fort Bragg. Access from N. or S. Harbor Drive or logging roads

Big River: N. Big River Road at M.50.35

Albion River: Turn onto Albion River North Side Road at M.43.95

Navarro River: Highway 1 at M.40.15 or various points along Highway 128

Garcia River: Highway 1 at M.I8.48 or from Miners Hole Road (M.17.55)

Gualala River: See Trails #50 and 51, or from various side roads




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