Mendocino National Forest, California Camping & Hiking

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Activities

BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, FIRE LOOKOUTS/CABINS OVERNIGHT, SWIMMING, HORSE CAMPING

Camping Reservations

Reserve your campsite at these camping areas:

California Campgrounds

MASTERSON GROUP CAMPGROUND

GRAY PINE GROUP CAMPGROUND

PINE MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT

SYCAMORE GROVE (RED BLUFF) CAMPGROUND

Hiking Trails

Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails:

California Hiking Trails

Asa Bean Trailhead

Blands Cove Trailhead

Foster Glade Trailhead

Ides Cove Backpacker Trailhead

Ides Cove Horsepacker Trailhead

Rock Cabin Trailhead

Smokehouse Ridge Trailhead

Soldier Ridge Trailhead

Sticklake Trailhead

Bathhouse Trailhead

Sanhedrin Wilderness

Red Bluff Recreation Area

Sycamore Grove Picnic

Chico Seed Orchard

Thomes Gorge Trailhead

Related Link(s)

More California Recreation Areas

Mendocino National Forest

Recreation Information

Howard Lake located on the Covelo Ranger District

Howard Lake is located on the Covelo Ranger District.

Want to kick back and relax under shady pines by a sparkling lake? Looking for a “base camp” for a day of hiking, boating, fishing, or swimming? Want to just get out of the house for the day for a nice picnic in the great outdoors? If so, the Mendocino National Forest can offer you that and more!

Offering nearly one million acres for your enjoyment, relaxation, and exploration, you can experience the solitude of the wilderness or enjoy camping near others in developed campgrounds. Camp in densely forested woodlands or open meadows, discover secluded flats along river banks and enjoy panoramic views of majestic mountains.

A continuing goal of the Mendocino National Forest is to ensure accessible recreational opportunities are available to everyone.

Policy on Pet Dogs

Pets in Developed Recreation Sites: Under 36 CFR 261.16(j) Animals, other than a seeing eye dog, must be crated, caged, or upon a leash not longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control.

Find Popular Campgrounds

To use our web site to help you plan your visit to the Forest, navigate by choosing your planned recreational activity in the left menu. If you have a favorite area in mind, it may be faster to use the map below or the “Find An Area” link in the right-hand column. The current status of the more popular campgrounds and trailheads, is listed in the table below the map with a link to more information.

Alerts & Notices

Also be sure to look at the Alerts & Notices page to view any emergency closures or other information that might affect your visit.