The area that makes up the Mendocino National Forest is filled with scenic mountains, canyons, and vast wilderness and extends over 913,306 acres of land. Traveling through this the extensive terrain is the Ides Cove Loop, a 10-mile trail that allows hikers to travel along a rocky, almost 3-foot wide path.
The Ides Cove Loop starts off a small gravel lot on the side of the road. It also has a second trailhead known as Ides Cove Horsepacker Trailhead only .2 miles away from the main trail entrance, but this is only for horse riders. If you're traveling with your pup, the main entrance will do, although the only amenities offered here are tables and a few fire pits.
You and Fido will be met with open space and scarce forests filled with timber and pine, surrounded by open meadows and rock formations. At certain points along the trail, it follows along shallow creeks and a couple smaller lakes that are perfect for cooling off or fishing. There are also overlooks and bluffs along the trails that provide views of the surrounding North Yolla Bolly Peaks, Sacramento Valley, and Cottonwood Creek Canyon.
There are a number of different wildlife species that roam the area, including deer, grizzly and black bears, hawks, and eagles. From viewing wildlife to the natural wonders of the area, you and Fido will enjoy the climb to the top of Mount Linn, which has a flat top and easy ridge to relax on before descending down again.
The trail loops back down and connects back to the beginning after about 4 miles, only about half a mile from the main entrance. This easy-going hike has some steep inclines, but still offers a shaded area to relax in while enjoying the day out with your pup.