The Mendocino National Forest is located in the northwestern part of California.
Where is this Forest?



[Photograph]:  Snow covered ridge.

The Mendocino National Forest straddles the eastern spur of the Coastal Mountain Range in northwestern California, just a three hour drive north of San Francisco and Sacramento. Some 65 miles long and 35 miles across, the Forest's 913,306 federally-owned acres of mountains and canyons offer a variety of recreational opportunities - camping, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, hunting, nature study, photography, and off-highway vehicle travel.

The Mendocino is divided into three ranger districts: Covelo, Grindstone, Upper Lake, and also manages two units that are located outside the Forest boundaries: the Genetic Resource and Conservation Center and the Red Bluff Recreation Area. The Mendocino partly or wholly manages four wilderness areas: the 37,679-acre Snow Mountain Wilderness, the 147,070-acre Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness, the 53,887 acre Yuki Wilderness, and the 10, 571 acre Sanhedrin Wilderness.


The Upper Lake Ranger District OHV Trails are OPEN and Grindstone Ranger District OHV trails are OPEN.  For CURRENT ORDERS click on Alerts and Notices to the left, then scroll down to the Closure section.

Download the Campfire Permit Form or Woodcutting Mail-in Request Form.

Recent News


Recreation Conditions Update - August 26th

General recreational news about the Mendocino National Forest, updated weekly through the summer recreational period and whenever there is new information during the winter months.


Snow Reports

On the first of February, March, April, and May each year, snow depth and moisture content is measured at Anthony Peak.

Road Report

Most roads in the Forest are open. Please call for specific information. OHV trails are open but impacted by the last storm. See alert for details.