State Park offer ocean cliffs with large sinkhole, sandy beach below the picturesque
road bridge and lush forest canyon and waterfall.
In this blog I
will provide information on the short hike to the headland trail and Devil’s
This is a short
and flat 0.5-mile loop trail.
two miles north of Mendocino town and 7 miles south of Fort Bragg., just off
The park is
open year-round, if you are planning on staying at the campground check winter
This is a very
popular park and not large in its size, or with number of trails, at summer
month and weekends it maybe overcrowded.
Additional Blogs of nearby Parks:
Due note 1: This is one
of the most popular parks in Mendocino area, when we tried to enter the park
during summer weekend at around noon the park was close for cars entries, after
few hours, late at the afternoon we came back and manage to get inside.
Due note 2: The fee is $8
per car and the pass allows you to get into any other state parks you visit
This is a fun and
short hike that fit also small children. You can see here the ocean view from
the cliffs, a nice viewpoint of the Russian Gulch Bridge and see the large
opening of the sinkhole.
the park take the first road to your right and drive to the parking lot at the
end of this short road.
From here the
trail start on the left side following the edge of the cliff.
walk look back and to the left and enjoy the unique view of the photogenic
Frederick W. Panhorst Bridge.
The concrete arch
bridge (built during 1940) gracefully rises 100 feet from the bottom of the
gulch covering it opening end to end. This bridge structure was use in many
bridges along highway 1, including the famous Bixby Bridge in Big Sure.
If you want to
see the bridge from a closer viewpoint there is one just before the parking
the bridge view continue following the trail and reach to it west section, from
here a short walk will take you to the loop trail on the edge of Devil’s
The ocean wave crash
into a sea cave and pull the soil out to the ocean, eventually the upper soil layer
collapsed into the cave creating an almost perfectly round hole called Devil’s
The wave still
getting into the bottom section of the hole and wave crashing on the inner walls.
From here you
can walk north on the narrow trail but soon you will find it is a ded-end and
you will need to walk back. From here a short, connected trail will bring you
back in the parking lot you started your walk.
is a short and easy trail that will reword you with interesting bridge
viewpoint and ocean landscape.
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