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Start The Year With First Day Hikes On The Mendocino Coast


The Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA) will be offering hikes on January 1, 2014 New Year’s Day, with four planned hikes around the Mendocino Coast. 

  • Spring Ranch Headlands: The beautiful Spring Ranch Headlands located right across Stevenswood Lodge. Meet at the dirt parking lot on the west side of Highway 1 at Gordon Lane south of Mendocino starting at 10:00 am through (noon) 12:00 pm. Learn about the annual gray whale migration. Walk 3/4 mile down a moderate to steep dirt trail to the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Trail is not wheelchair accessible. Bring binoculars. Recommended for adults and children ages 12 and above. 
  • Mendocino Headlands: Meet at the Ford House Museum, located at 45035 Main Street, Mendocino. This hike will start at 1:00 pm and you will walk along the cliff trail. This is an easy hike, so adults and children 3 years and up are also welcomed. This is not an ADA Trail, so no wheelchairs or no strollers. The length of this trail is 1 mile. Dress in layered clothing and bring binoculars, water, wind-breaker and camera. Additional information about the Mendocino Headlands walk please phone at (707) 937-5397.
  • MacKerricher Beach State Park: Meet at the MacKerricher Visitor Center/Whale Skeleton starting at 11:00 am. Look at the whale skeletons and learn about the annual gray whale migration. Then drive less than a mile to the Laguna Point parking lot. Easy 1/3 mile walk to the ocean overlook to search for gray whales. Program is wheelchair accessible. Bring binoculars. 
  • Russian Gulch State Park: Meet at the Recreation Hall at the bottom of the hill starting at (noon) 12:00 pm. Moderate to strenuous hike to waterfall along Fern Canyon Trail. Naturalist Dave Jensen will point out interesting birds and plants along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, water and snacks. Wear layered clothing. Recommended for adults and children 12 and up. 

Moderate to heavy rain or high winds will cancel these program. For more information call (707) 961-0471.

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