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Bay Area Backcountry Buddies Message Board › Mendocino NP Next Week - Camping Advice!

Mendocino NP Next Week - Camping Advice!

user 13701484
Berkeley, CA
Post #: 8
Hey! My husband & I are new to the area, and want to do a short camping trip next week. We need to be in Healdsburg on Friday late morning/mid day, so we're thinking of heading north (versus Yosemite, which was our first thought...) So now we're thinking Mendocino NP, the Lower Nye Camp, potentially.

We're experienced & strong hikers, but have less camping experience. We'd love to find a place we can settle into for two nights and hike/hang out during the couple of days.

Any thoughts/opinions/suggestions? Anyone know much about Mendocino NP? Any feedback would be much appreciated!
A former member
Post #: 32
Hi Willow,

I live in Cloverdale, which is about 20 miles North of Healdsburg on Hwy 101. I've spent a lot of time roaming around the Mendocino National Forest, and my advice would be to not go.

It's a National Forest, not a National Park, so there aren't the sights and landmarks you would see at a NP. Unless you are a hunter or pot farmer, you would be wasting your time. I'm not saying it's not a nice area, it's great as far as the California Coast Range goes, but there are hundreds of better opportunities in Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt counties.

I would suggest the Marin, Sonoma or Mendocino Coast for the weekend. The weather this time of year over there is FANTASTIC!!

Here are just a couple suggestions the will introduce you to the Northern California Coast and blow your mind in the process.

Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin­

Point Reyes camping - one option

Salt Point State Park, Sonoma­

More Salt Point info

Hope this helps.
user 9194737
Alameda, CA
Post #: 85
You might want to take a look at Van Damme State Park just South of Mendocino. There is a lot to do within a short distance in that area. The Narvarro River beach where it hits the ocean is fantastic. I used to camp on the beach all the time but I don't think they allow it anymore. You are close to the town of Mendocino if you want to check it out. Also slightly to the South and up the hill is the town of Elk. Been awhile since I've been there but is an old hhippy town.
A former member
Post #: 33
Hendy Woods State Park, a little ways out of Booneville, is another nice spot on the way to the places Frank mentioned.­
user 13701484
Berkeley, CA
Post #: 10
Thank you both for the thoughts and suggestions... and warnings! Duly noted.

I'll do some checking into the new options. We're psyched to do some exploring of the area - very different than the northeast, where we're used to doing most of our backcountry stuff. Rattlers are a whole phenomena! :-)

Thanks again,
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