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 Chico Seed Orchard 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.


Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails

Grindstone Ranger District OHV Trail Status: OPEN

GS Volunteer Days: Contact Weston Marzal at 530-963-1328 for more information.


Upper Lake Ranger District OHV Trail Status: OPEN

UL Volunteer Days: Contact Johnny McMillan at 707-275-1425 for more information.


Closure Orders

For CURRENT ORDERS click on Alerts and Notices to the left, then scroll down to the Closure section.

Recent News


Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

View of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument from Bald Mountain

The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was dedicated March 19, 2016. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell were present for the event. 


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

There are multiple washouts on Forest Roads. Call for more info.

See Closure Order page