DescriptionIn the North Coast Mountain Range north of San Francisco, Mendocino National Forest encompasses 913,306 acres. Hang gliding and motorcycling areas are available. Roads and trails afford access to scenic points. Many roads within the forest are unsurfaced; driving can be hazardous, especially in the dusty, dry months.
Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness at the north end of the forest and Snow Mountain Wilderness in the south provide peaceful settings for horseback riding and hiking. Wilderness entry permits are not required, but users should sign the registry at trailheads.
The Red Bluff Recreation Area, 488 acres adjacent to the Sacramento River 2 miles from Red Bluff, has such diverse habitats as forests, wetlands and woodlands. In addition to hiking trails and summer fishing, the area also is known for its bird-watching opportunities. The Sacramento River Discovery Center , 1000 Sale Ln. in Red Bluff, has interpretive displays about the river's watershed; phone (530) 527-1196.
Campfire permits are required in some areas; check with the Forest Supervisor, Mendocino National Forest, 825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows, CA 95988, or a district office. For information phone (530) 934-3316, or TTY (530) 934-7724.