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



Lupines Berryessa snow mountain national monument Howard Lake Pogie Point Sanhedrin Mountain Waterfall

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 such as 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.


Forest Orders

Here you will find current orders for the Mendocino National Forest. 

Recent News


Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

View of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument from Bald Mountain

The Forest Service and the BLM hosted three Community Conversations to discuss the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Management Plan. Information from the conversations will be available here soon. 


Mendocino National Forest Accomplishments

Old culverts that were recently replaced

The Trout Creek Culvert Replacement project on the Upper Lake Ranger District

Road Report

Slide on Summit Springs

Check here for information about forest roads


Prescribed Fire

Reducing hazardous fuels with prescribed fire

Mendocino National Forest fire managers announce fall and winter prescribed fire projects