While it is a great place to just hang out and relax the day away, La Puerta Del Mar’s central location on the beautiful Mendocino coastline offers a great starting point for day trips up and down the coast. Navarro Beach sits right below the property to the south and it is a quick five minute drive to the parking lot and beach access. The driftwood-covered sand spit at the mouth of the Navarro River allows dogs on leash, offers a great view of the Arch of Navarro and La Puerta Del Mar up above. Just north of the property are the closest coastal trails at Navarro Point Preserve. There are 1.2 miles of coastal trails managed by the Mendocino Land Trust that offer magnificent views of the central Mendocino Coast. A great source for information on local coastal hiking can be found on the website of the Mendocino Land Trust in their coastal trails section.
The site has some great information on the coastal hiking trails to help you plan a day of trekking through this stunning coastline. They provide PDF files you can download and a wealth of information for each trail. Some of our favorites are MacKerricher State Park
A simple hike from the parking area toward the sea will allow you to observe the harbor seals lounging on the rocks during the day. The coastal trails and boardwalk provide breathtaking vistas and easy hiking.
Another one of our favorite places is Jug Handle Ecological Staircase Trail
The ecological staircase has a series of several marine terraces, with varying geology, soils, and plant communities. Stroll along the sea, through the pygmy forest or lounge on Jug Handle Beach below.
A little to the south you can take an easy hike out to Point Cabrillo Light Station
On the way to the light station you are likely to see some deer along the trail. A little beyond the light station you can find harbor seals lounging along the rocks and if you are here between November and April it is a great location to see the whales migrating between the Arctic and Baja.
The Mendocino Land Trust site is a great way to plan your hikes with the information you need for a fantastic day of trekking.