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.