Our trails program is always looking forward -- we want to provide you with even more opportunities to explore the wild and beautiful Mendocino Coast. It takes time to identify potential trail and conservation opportunities, so we use our coastal trail strategic plan to help us plan our next steps. Once we identify a good trail project, we work with the State Coastal Conservancy and others to secure funding.
Here are some of our upcoming projects:
Ten Mile Estuary
Mendocino Land Trust accepted this land as a gift from The Conservation Fund. The beautiful 49-acre property is at the mouth of Ten Mile River. It lies east of the Ten Mile Dunes, on the southern bank of Ten Mile River estuary near the Ten Mile River Bridge, 10 miles north of Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast. The Land Trust will eventually provide public access along the south side of Ten Mile River and under the highway bridge, into MacKerricher State Park’s Ten Mile Dunes Reserve, including a parking area and a small picnic/viewing area. This acquisition marks the successful completion of a six-year effort to permanently protect the 1,340-acre Smith Ranch.
This 2.2-mile coastal trail project will be completed in 2017. Pelican Bluffs is one mile south of Point Arena, and Mendocino Land Trust owns this stunning 75-acre preserve. The new coastal trail will include a 5-car parking area, 2.2 miles of trail, 100 steps, 100 feet of boardwalk, a wheelchair-accessible loop trail, a 25-foot long bridge, picnic tables, benches and a variety of fencing.
Newport Trail, Phase II
A 1.2-mile long coastal trail already exists at this location; in the fall of 2016, we will be adding a 4-car parking lot and new trail to a viewing platform near the bluff edge. These amenities will enhance your ability to enjoy this public trail, which offers great views of the Pacific.
We can’t wait to open these new coastal trails to you, the public!