South of Mendocino the coast offers plenty of photo opportunities. One of the
best excursions is in Elk/Greenwood. About 150 meters south of the churches,
look for a trailhead. It leads to a promontory overlooking the bay. Before the
promontory there is a steep ravine. A rope helps you get down to the beach.
The place is called Wharf Rock Beach.
- Fern Canyon Trail to the Pygmy Forest, 12 km in Van Damme State Park
- Russian Gulch Trail to the Falls, 11 km in Russian Gulch State Park, 3 kms north of Mendocino (turn inland and drive to the end of the paved road, park and look for the North Boundary trailhead).
- Ides Cove Loop Trail, 14km in Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness
- Ten Miles Coast Trail, 16km in MacKerricher State Park
- Traveler's Home Trail, 25 km in Mendocino National Forest
- Mendocino Headlands State Park
- Southside trail in Big River Park (1 km south of Mendocino, turn inland on Comptche-Ukiah Road and drive a few minutes to a small turnout by an old logging road on the left)
- Ecological Staircase, 4km in Jug Handle State Reserve (Map)
- Jackson State Forest
Camping In the Mendocino National Forest
Camping in Jackson State Forest (but closed till may)
Other places to camp away from the crowds if you are coming from south: Manchester State Park, Navarro River State Park (Paul Dimmick campground off 128 by the creek).