Mendocino Section 3


From the beautiful protected beach at Bear Harbor, the southbound CCT heads east up a steep gulch just inland from the beach. Heavy growth sometimes obscures the trail, and it is often wet and slippery. Several trees across the trail require scrambling to get around. When you attain the ridge, walk up to the right for a spectacular view looking back over Bear Harbor and up the coast. After resting in the sunshine at the viewpoint, descend into Duffy?s Gulch through the J. Smeaton Chase grove of redwoods, named for the author of California Coast Trails, a 1911 classic account of a coastal journey on horseback. Another uphill, then another descent through the Schoolmarm Grove to Wheeler Townsite on Jackass Creek. There is little left of this abandoned lumber mill and town, but there are numerous campsites, some among the redwoods, some along the creek bank on grassy flats, and some very near the beach. The CCT continues south past remains of a fireplace and up a steep gulch to the top of Anderson Cliff for another great view.

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