Hiking The Jackson State Forest

The 15th most popular hiking trail in California.

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Southeast of in Mendocino County, the 50,000 acre Jackson State Forest has miles of trails shared by hikers and bikers through lush coastal and inland forests. Narrow trails lead to summits overlooking ocean coves followed by descents into lush fern covered watersheds.

To reach the nearest trailhead from Fort Bragg, head south on US1 to SR20. Turn left heading east on SR20 for 2.3 miles to Gravel Pit Road. Turn right heading south on Gravel Pit Road for 0.1 miles to Gate 400. Note, there is no trailhead parking.

Overall, Jackson State Forest is the 15th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California.

Jackson State Forest near Ft Bragg (OR/US)

Jackson State Forest near Ft Bragg (OR/US)

Jackson State Forest Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Best Season:  Mar. - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Mendocino Hote (707) 937-0511; North Cliff Hotel, Fort Bragg (707) 962-2500.

Breakfast Restaurant:  Bay View Cafe, Mendocino; Headlands Coffeehouse

Reference Source:  click here http://www.mendowalks.org

GPS:  39.41333, -123.76851

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  6/26/2016

ID:  6842

Jackson State Forest Hiking Map


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