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The Hiker's hip pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast—4th Edition

Bob Lorentzen
The Hiker's hip pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast—4th Edition by Bob Lorentzen

Now with 32,000 copies sold, our most popular book details all public trails on and near the coast between Gualala/Sea Ranch in northwestern Sonoma County and Chemise Mountain on the southern Lost Coast. Thirty-two years after our first edition, a wealth of new trails and abundant changes on the original trails make this the most essential new edition in years. Includes all the classic hikes, plus essential updates to our marvelous Mendo coast cornucopia of trails.

The new trails covered include Fort Bragg's Coastal Trail at Noyo Headlands State Park, four trails in the vast Big River State Park, new trails at Montgomery Woods State Reserve, Usal’s fine new Peter Douglas Trail at Shady Dell, Caspar Uplands Trail, Cypress Abbey Trail north of Pt. Arena and Stornetta Ranch units of California Coastal National Monument, many other short links in the Mendocino Coast Coastal Trail: Newport/Kibesillah Trail, Caspar Headlands to Caspar Beach, Navarro Point Preserve, and many more updates and changes.

The "What Kind of Trail Are You Looking For?" section after the Contents makes it easy to find the hikes you want: Fifteen Trails Not to Miss, Trails with Wheelchair Access, Trails Where Dogs Are Allowed, Trails for Backpacking, Trails for Mountain Bikes, Trails for Equestrians, Trails for Joggers, and Canoe/Kayak Access. Appendix includes Common & Scientific Names of nearly 300 Plants Along the Trails.

Includes trails from easy walks to challenging backpacks and everything in between. Many more trails open to dogs, improved ADA access, improved easy-to-read maps.

Be sure to check out this article about the new edition of the Hiker's hip pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

"The best guidebooks [to the Mendocino Coast]."
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272 pages, 4" x 9", full-color cover, 30 maps, 38 illustrations, index, December, 2018.
ISBN 0-939431-17-3. trade paper.

$17.50 add to cart

 
The Hiker's hip pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast—4th Edition by Bob Lorentzen inside image The Hiker's hip pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast—4th Edition by Bob Lorentzen inside image

"Both serious nature lover and casual looker should find it
 worth the price."
-L.A. Times

Special note regarding hike #40, Big River Laguna Trail

There are two routes to the Laguna from Comptche-Ukiah Road. The book describes the route which starts at MP 6.52 on the road. The other route leaves the road about 6.8 miles out, just past a wide parking area with some large cement blocks and exposed tree roots. Both routes are similar in terms of difficulty, both are unsigned, and both are infrequently maintained. Our advice is that if one is too badly overgrown, try the other.



CONTENTS

PREFACE TO THE FOURTH 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 17

The Climate 19

Get Ready, Get Set, Hike! 20

THE TRAILS

King Range Conservation Area

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise to Whale Gulch 21

2. Chemise Mountain from Nadelos or Wailaki 26

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park 29

3. Whale Gulch 31

4. Needle Rock Visitor Center to Bear Harbor 33

5. Sinkyone’s Lost Coast 37

6. Sally Bell Grove/Wheeler Road 46

7. Usal Waterfall 49

8. Hotel Gulch 52

9. Peter Douglas Coastal Trail 55

Near Westport

10. DeHaven Creek to Wages Creek 59

11. Angelo Coast Range Reserve 63

12. Bruhel Point 70

13. Newport/Kibesillah Coastal Trail 75

MacKerricher State Park 77

14. North to Ten Mile River 78

15. Laguna Point 83

16. Lake Cleone 85

17. MacKerricher South Headlands 87

Fort Bragg

18. Glass Beach/Pudding Creek Headlands 90

19. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Northern End 94

20. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Southern End 99

21. Fort Bragg History Walk 102

22. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 107

Jackson State Forest 112

23. N. Fork of S. Fork Noyo River Trestle Tr. 113

24. Chamberlain Creek Waterfall 119

Jughandle State Reserve 121

25. Jug Handle North Headlands 121

26. Jug Handle Ecological Staircase 125

27. Caspar Headlands to Caspar Beach 133

28. Caspar Uplands Section, Coastal Trail 135

29. Point Cabrillo Preserve 138

Russian Gulch State Park 142

30. Waterfall Loop 142

31. Blowhole Walk 146

32. South Headlands 148

Town of Mendocino 151

33. Mendocino History Walk 151

Mendocino Headlands State Park 157

34. Mendocino Headlands West and North 157

35. Mendocino S. Headlands to Big River Beach 162

Big River State Park 164

36. Big River Haul Road 165

37. Pygmy Woods/Pole Line Tr. to Big River Tr. 170

38. Dry Dock Gulch to Upper Big River Tr. 172

39. Forest History Trail 176

40. Laguna Trail 180

Montgomery Woods State Nature Reserve 184

41. Montgomery Grove Loop 184

42. Little North Fork of South Fork Big River 190

Van Damme State Park 198

43. Spring Ranch/Chapman Point Headlands 194

44. Little River Point 198

45. Fern Canyon 201

46. Pygmy Forest/Upper Fern Canyon Loop 205

47. Navarro Point Preserve 208

48. Navarro-By-The-Sea 211

Hendy Woods State Park 214

49. Gentle Giants Loop 215

50. Discovery Loop 216

51. Navarro River Hike 218

South Coast

52. Greenwood State Beach 221

53. Manchester State Park 223

54. Point Arena Lighthouse & Headlands 227

California Coastal National Monument 229

55. Stornetta Lands from Lighthouse Road 230

56. Cypress Abbey from Pt. Arena City Hall 234

57. Pelican Bluffs 237

58. Moat Creek to Bowling Ball Beach 240

59. Schooner Gulch North to Whiskey Shoals 243

Gualala Point Regional Park/Sea Ranch 247

60. Headlands to Beach Loop 247

61. River Trail South 251

62. Blufftop Trail 253

63. Salal Trail 257

64. Other Sea Ranch Trails 259

Common and Scientific names of plants along the trails 262

FURTHER READING 266

INDEX 268

ABOUT BORED FEET 270

WHAT KIND OF TRAIL ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

FIFTEEN TRAILS NOT TO MISS

9. Peter Douglas Coastal Trail

15. Laguna Point

19. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Northern End

20. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Southern End

22. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

26 Jug Handle Ecological Staircase

29. Point Cabrillo Preserve

30. Russian Gulch Waterfall Loop

35. Big River Haul Road

Big River Laguna, either from #35 or #40

41. Montgomery Grove Loop

47. Navarro Point Preserve

55. Stornetta Lands from Lighthouse Road

56. Cypress Abbey Trail

58. Moat Creek to Bowling Ball Beach

TRAILS WHERE DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON LEASH

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise Mountain to Whale Gulch

2. Chemise Mountain from Nadelos or Wailaki

7. Usal Waterfall

9. Peter Douglas Coastal Trail

10. DeHaven Creek to Wages Creek

12. Bruhel Point

13. Newport/Kibesillah Coastal Trail

14. North to Ten Mile River—southern 1½ miles

15. Laguna Point

17. MacKerricher South Headlands

18. Glass Beach Pudding Creek Headlands

19. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Northern End

20. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Southern End

21. Fort Bragg History Walk

22. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

23. North Fork of South Fork Noyo River Trestle Trail

24. Chamberlain Creek Waterfall

25. Jug Handle North Headlands

26 Jug Handle State Reserve—west of highway only, not on beach

27. Caspar Headlands to Caspar Beach

28. Caspar Uplands Section, CCT

29. Point Cabrillo Preserve

31. Blowhole Walk

32. South Headlands—use South end access. Dogs OK west of highway

33. Mendocino History Walk

34. Mendocino Headlands West and North

35. Mendocino South Headlands to Big River Beach

36. Big River Trail

39. Forest History Trail

40. Laguna Trail

42. Montgomery Woods North of Road

43. Spring Ranch & Chapman Point Headlands

44. Little River Point

47. Navarro Point Preserve

48. Navarro-by-the-Sea

51. Navarro River Hike

52. Greenwood State Beach

55. Stornetta Lands from Lighthouse Road

56. Cypress Abbey Lands from Point Arena City Hall

57. Pelican Bluffs

58. Moat Creek to Bowling Ball Beach

59. Schooner Gulch North to Whiskey Shoals

60. Headlands to Beach Loop

61. River Trail South

62. Blufftop Trail

63. Salal Trail

64. Other Sea Ranch Trails

TRAILS WITH ADA ACCESS (WHEELCHAIRS)

12. Bruhel Point—see Other Suggestion

14. North to Ten Mile River—see Other Suggestion

15. Laguna Point

16. Lake Cleone

17. MacKerricher South Headlands

19. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Northern End

20. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Southern End

21. Fort Bragg History Walk

22. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

29. Point Cabrillo Preserve—call ahead

30. Waterfall Loop—first 1½ miles

33. Mendocino History Walk

36. Big River Haul Road—first 1/8 mile, possibly more

46. Pygmy Forest, plus dirt trail for ½ mile beyond

49. Gentle Giants Loop

60. Headlands to Beach Loop

Other trails may be accessible with assistance for marginally handicapped

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TRAILS FOR BICYCLES

10. DeHaven Creek to Wages Creek—see Other Suggestion

14. North to Ten Mile River

17. MacKerricher South Headlands—see Other Suggestion

19. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Northern End

20. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Southern End

30. Waterfall Loop—first 1 ½ miles

36. Big River Trail

45. Fern Canyon

60. Headlands to Beach Loop

TRAILS FOR MOUNTAIN BIKES

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise Mountain to Whale Gulch

2. Chemise Mountain from Nadelos or Wailaki

4. Needle Rock Visitor Center to Bear Harbor

6. Sally Bell Grove

8. Hotel Gulch

10. DeHaven Creek to Wages Creek—see Other Suggestion

11. Angelo Coast Range Reserve—on main road only

37. Pygmy Woods/ Pole Line Trail to Big River Haul Road

38. Dry Dock Gulch Trail to Upper Big River Haul Road

39. Forest History Trail

42. Montgomery Woods North of Road

46. Upper Fern Canyon Loop to river ford

48. Navarro-by-the-Sea—see Other Suggestion: Navarro Ridge

51. Navarro River Hike

TRAILS FOR JOGGERS

14. North to Ten Mile River

18. Glass Beach/Pudding Creek Headlands

19. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Northern End

20. Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Southern End

22. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

29. Point Cabrillo Preserve

30. Waterfall Loop

34. Mendocino Headlands West and North

36. Big River Trail

43. Spring Ranch & Chapman Point Headlands

44. Little River Point

45. Fern Canyon

46. Upper Fern Canyon Loop

51. Navarro River Hike

53. Manchester State Park

55. Stornetta Lands from Lighthouse Road

56. Cypress Abbey Lands from Point Arena City Hall

60. Headlands to Beach Loop

62. Blufftop Trail

TRAILS FOR EQUESTRIANS

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise Mountain to Whale Gulch

2. Chemise Mountain from Nadelos or Wailaki

3. Whale Gulch

4. Needle Rock Visitor Center to Bear Harbor

5. Sinkyone’s Lost Coast

6. Sally Bell Grove

8. Hotel Gulch

14. North to Ten Mile River

17. MacKerricher South Headlands

36. Big River Haul Road

37. Woodlands Fire Station to Big River

38. Dry Dock Gulch Trail to to Upper Big River Haul Road

40. Laguna Trail

48. Navarro-by-the-Sea—see Other Suggestion: Navarro Ridge

51. Navarro River Hike

53. Manchester State Park

TRAILS FOR BACKPACKING

1. Hidden Valley to Chemise Mountain to Whale Gulch

2. Chemise Mountain from Nadelos or Wailaki

3. Whale Gulch (to Environmental Camps)

4. Needle Rock Visitor Center to Bear Harbor

5. Sinkyone’s Lost Coast

6. Sally Bell Grove (to Wheeler)

23. North Fork of South Fork Noyo River Trestle Trail

45. Fern Canyon (to Environmental Camps)

CANOE/KAYAK ACCESS

               


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