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The varied terrain of the Mendocino National Forest offers endless opportunities for all recreationists. The National Forest is a great place to visit, but there are some things you need to keep in mind as you head out to the woods.

We are never able to maintain every trail every year, so hikers need to be alert to such things as downed trees across a trail, unstable soil and rocks, and leaning trees or loose limbs over the trail.


  • Weather in the mountains is unpredictable.
  • Hypothermia and heat exhaustion can occur.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and plan for this factor into your trip.
  • Carry water from home, or purify any water you extract from creeks or streams as giardia and other water-borne parasites do exist in water sources within the Forest.

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