1.4 miles
31 ft
-117 ft
Avg time


  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Jackson Demonstration State Forest
    Mendocino, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    All Year
  • Family Friendly
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #176560 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager

This route connects Little Lake Road in Mendocino (Road 409) to Sherwood Road east of Fort Bragg by following a series of logging roads which traverse through JDSF. It is acceptable for hiking, equestrians, and mountain biking for most of its length and provides users a look at the many aspects of a working forest. This route also ties into the Sherwood Rd. – Willits Trail. This trail is difficult to follow and is poorly maintained. The following is an attempt to provide direction to keep you moving along the route. Trail markers take the form of brown signs on steel posts with directional arrows, signs displaying a horseshoe and directional arrow, and wooden posts with directional arrows. It’s best to rely on a detailed State Forest map (for sale for $5 in the Fort Bragg office, or online for download). The southern-most trailhead is found on Little Lake Road at mile marker 2.78. Follow the short trail until you reach Road 771, turn right, and proceed to the junction of Roads 771 and 770. Turn left onto 770 and follow the road as it winds through pygmy forest. Stay on Road 770 until you see the Little Lake – Sherwood Trail sign. Turn left and follow the trail down and across the creek. Head up the trail and turn left onto Road 760. This road continues up and meets County Road 409. Cross 409 and follow the trail markers. Eventually you arrive at the junction of Road 700 and Road 408. From this point, you remain on Road 408 until you reach Highway 20. (Note: Roads 408 and 500 end up at Highway 20; 408 has more hills but is more scenic). The trail parallels the highway and travels west to Road 90. The trail follows Road 90 for 0.6 miles and then turns right and follows the old Camp One road down to the Noyo River. Cross the Noyo and stay on Road 360, turn left on Road 362, and up 362 to Road 1000. The trail leaves the junction of Road 1000 and Road 362. From here, the trail crosses private land and eventually arrives at Sherwood Road.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Little Lake Sherwood Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -85 ft
  • Altitude min
    485 ft
  • Altitude max
    573 ft
  • Altitude start
    573 ft
  • Altitude end
    489 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,690 ft
  • Distance down
    3,970 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,483 ft
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