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.

Download the Campfire Permit Form or Woodcutting Mail-in Request Form <- (April - December ONLY).

Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails

Grindstone Ranger District OHV Trail Status: OPEN

GS Volunteer Days: Contact Paige Makowski at 530-963-1328 for more information.

If current volunteers are interested in chainsaw training and certification to help maintain our OHV trails, please contact Paige for more detail! Chainsaw course is scheduled for April 23rd and 24th

Upper Lake Ranger District OHV Trail Status: OPEN

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

Learn more about OHV Wet Weather Closures here.

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

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Fog circling the rolling foothills and chaparral in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

On July 10, 2015, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California. Conveniently located just north of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument offers a wealth of natural, historical and cultural resources, as well as exciting recreation opportunities for visitors.

Public involvement will be critical to developing a successful plan for this new Monument. If you would like to be included in the process, please contact the Mendocino National Forest.

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument ‘Open Houses’ scheduled. Click here for more info. 



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

Fire Danger Level: Low


[Photograph]:  Sunset at Bear Creek Campground.

Mendocino Memories »

[Map]: Displays where the Mendocino National Forest is located in the state of California.

Mendocino National Forest

[Link]: The U.S. government's official web portal.

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