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Ricochet Ridge Ranch in Fort Bragg, CA

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The Mendocino Coast

The Mendocino Coast is approximately three and a half hours from the San Francisco Bay Area by car. After traveling north on Highway 101 to Cloverdale, you have a choice of routes to the Coast. Highway 128 meanders 65 miles through the Anderson Valley wine country, with its many lovely tasting rooms open to the public for sampling. The two-lane road ends through 15 miles of beautiful Redwood forest, merging with Highway 1 nine miles south of the town of Mendocino, which in turn is 10 miles south of Fort Bragg. The alternate route is to continue north through Cloverdale on Highway 101 another 55 miles to Willits, at which point you turn west onto Highway 20, which winds for 33 miles through deep forest, coming into Highway 1 just a mile south of Fort Bragg. Highway 1 goes right through Fort Bragg, and we are two miles north of town, on the SE corner of Highway 1 and Mill Creek Drive.


The weather on the Mendocino Coast is generally mild, rarely rising above 80°F, even in the summer. When the fog rolls in, it can be chilly enough for winter weight jackets, scarves, and riding gloves. Although rain is rare during summer months, anything is possible, and guests on longer rides should bring full rain gear in order to ensure sunshine. Sunglasses are advised to shield the eyes from both glare and dust.