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Half Marathon – North Coast
Mendocino Headlands State Park

Seaside Bluffs

Mendocino Headlands State Park with its unique blend of gentle trails, rugged coastline, secluded beaches and timeless history surrounds the picturesque Village of Mendocino on three sides.  Miles of trails wind along the cliffs, giving the casual explorer spectacular views of sea arches and hidden grottos. In any season, a visit to the Mendocino Headlands will provide a memorable experience. You might come to see the spring wildflowers, enjoy a crisp and clear fall day, escape to a cool summer climate or witness the winter migration of grey whale. The park provides Mendocino with a buffer area that preserves the town’s historical presence. In return, the town provides a view of a unique blend of natural, ecological, cultural and social diversity. Activities range from hiking and surfing to fishing. Photographers and painters frequently visit various parts of Mendocino Headlands enjoying and capturing the scenic wonders. There are no camping facilities; visitors are day users only.  – California State Parks Website

#RunCaliforniaChallenge Photo Contest

Share your favorite North Coast region photo and story, past or present, on our FB Community Group or wherever you do social with #RunCaliforniaChallenge. Tag @runlocalevents for a chance at being featured and win prizes throughout the year.

Regional Info & Resources

Romance finds a home in this idyllic coastal land, where ocean fog rolls in to blanket hushed redwood forests. Along more than 100 miles of coast, artists set up easels to paint scenes of pounding surf, picturesque headlands, and whitewashed cottages in towns like Mendocino or Eureka. A new generation of farmers and winemakers focus their energy on preserving the land as well as producing amazing food and wine—be sure to try every hyper-local specialty. And keep an eye out for supersized regulars: From December through May, about 20,000 gray whales travel the coast on their annual migration. – Visit California

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