Catch MacKerricher State Park on a sunny day and see why the Northern Pomo and Coast Yuki Indians knew this was a special place thousands of years ago. Explore this wild coast just a few miles north of Mendocino by bike riding the shore-side and pancake-flat Haul Road. The route used to be railroad tracks for an old lumber mill. Today bicyclists, walkers and joggers take to the mostly paved road, enjoying the sands and sea breeze. Start from northern Fort Bragg and pedal past beautiful beach houses and undulating dunes as the coastal air brushes against your cheeks. Park your bike and take a short boardwalk jaunt to Laguna Point where you may spot harbor seals spinning playfully in the water. Afterwards continue north, bypassing a large washed-out section of Haul Road before rejoining the trail for another 1.5 miles to Inglenook Fen Ten Mile Dunes Preserve. This long, wide and remote beach doesn’t have a bike trail, but it’s worth walking down to for a relaxing stroll before returning the way you came. Cruising right along.
Bike rentals are available at Fort Bragg Cyclery (221 N. Main St., Fort Bragg; 707-964-3509). MacKerricher State Park is 3 miles north of Fort Bragg. From Hwy. 1 turn left on Elm St. Make a right on Glass Beach Dr. and follow it to the end where you’ll find parking and the start of Haul Rd. It’s dog-friendly until you reach Inglenook Fen Ten Mile Dunes Preserve.