Lake Mendocino Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,611' 491 m
Descent: -1,621' -494 m
High: 988' 301 m
Low: 761' 232 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
“A fun loop around Lake Mendocino with some good views and rolling singletrack.”— Simon Topp
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
The loop is pretty straightforward and takes ~two hours for the average rider. There are fun opportunities at the southeast end to add small bonus loops and explore a little extra singletrack off the Manzanita Trail.
Keep an eye out for equestrians; however, the area generally receives pretty low traffic.
Need to Know
After two miles heading east on Highway 20, you'll see an off-ramp for Lake Mendocino on the north side of the road. Get off the highway here and ride the pavement through Bushay Campground. This will dead end at gate leading to an old fire road. Continue past the gate onto the fire road.
The Eastside Trail singletrack will head along the entire eastern side of the lake, weaving back and forth over this road. Continue until you see a trail sign off to your right for the Eastside Trail.
Continue on south along the rolling singletrack. You'll cross over the fire road a few times and past a boat-in campground. Shortly after the boat-in campground, you'll hit a creek crossing near the southeast edge of the lake (you'll be getting your feet wet if it's winter time).
Continue along the singletrack and stay to the right keeping an eye out for signs for the Manzanita Trail. Stay on this for a couple miles past a large spillway until you reach Coyote Dam. From here, cross the dam and take the short road climb back to the Shakota Trail overlook.
Land Manager: US Army Corps - Lake Mendocino Office