What You Need to Know About Mendocino Mountain Biking

Biking through the Mendocino woods

Situated on a headland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Mendocino, California, has a unique geography that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Rolling rivers, sandy beaches, and State Parks abound, and the smell of salty sea air makes outdoor recreational activities exciting and memorable during any time of year. Guests at the Inns of Glendeven particularly enjoy cycling in Mendocino, where dense forests, jagged cliffs, and spectacular waterfalls provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s well worth the journey. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and see the beauty of Northern California for yourself on a Mendocino mountain biking adventure!

Your Guide to Mendocino Mountain Biking

Mendocino Woodlands State Park

Situated in the middle of a lush, green forest, Mendocino Woodlands State Park will make you feel like you’ve been transported to another world. This 720-acre park has various mountain biking trails that travel through Tan Oak, Douglas Fir, Madrone, and Redwood trees, and you’ll come across various bridges, creeks, and other cross-country obstacles throughout your journey. Keep your eyes peeled for curious wildlife including river otters, deer, fox, and beavers.

Mendocino Headlands State Park

One of the most popular Mendocino trails, the Big River Trail offers an easy ride through Mendocino Headlands State Park and follows a gently rolling course alongside the majestic river. Once an old logging road, this trail winds eight miles through redwoods and blackberry bushes and features breathtaking sights along the way. You’ll pass an abandoned quarry, a small laguna that’s home to wood ducks and blue herons, and will eventually end up at Big River, a mint-colored estuary that flows for miles. Be sure to bring your camera to snap a few photos!

Mendocino National Forest

Mendocino National Forest is comprised of one million acres of wilderness areas, lakes, rivers, and hot springs and features over 100 miles of trails for cyclists to enjoy. Advanced riders will love the Hell Hole Trail, a strenuous, 3.5-mile trek that challenges bikers with winding, tight-turning curves through grassy glades and woodlands. Or, for an easier route, take the scenic Letts Lake Loop Trail which offers a high-elevation ride through conifer/oak forest with picnic spots along the way. The trail follows level roads that are well marked and easy to follow, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Pedal Back to the Inns of Glendeven!

After a day of sightseeing from the seat of a bike, return to our beautiful Mendocino bed and breakfast and rest those tired muscles in one of our beautiful rooms or suites. Then, join us for a Shared Table dinner where you can enjoy a delicious, handcrafted meal that’s made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Top it all off with a big glass of local wine, and you have the perfect ending to a day of Mendocino mountain biking. We can’t wait to hear about where your journey takes you!

Torrey Douglass