Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mendocino Bay Overlook

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  • Scenic viewpoint of the Big River Beach, Mendocino Headlands and Mendocino Bay

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  • Free admission
  • Free parking on the streets

Mendocino Bay Overlook, which is less than a mile away from the Mendocino Headlands StatePark is a not so popular, yet a beautiful scenic viewpoint of the Mendocino Headlands and the Big River Beach. As soon as we drove past the bridge that crosses the Big River Beach, we took the first right, the Brewery Gulch Road and to the immediate right is the entrance to the Mendocino Bay Overlook. There is no dedicated parking lot and it is easy to miss the small gate at the entrance, that has a little post reading “Mendocino Bay Overlook”.

View of the Pacific and Mendocino Headlands State Park

We parked the car on the narrow street and walked on the short trail for 2 minutes to reach the  breathtaking viewpoint. The vastness of the Pacific and the Mendocino Headlands State Park could also be seen from here. To the right is a closer view of the sandy, family-friendly Big River Beach. The aerial view of mouth of the Big River Beach emptying into the Mendocino Bay was simply fascinating.

View of the Big River Beach

There was nobody else here but an old couple sitting in their chairs and relaxing by the Bay. It seemed like they had been here for hours, enjoying the spectacular views and the placid waters.

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