All aboard the Mendocino Skunk Train

By: DogTrekker Staff
Skunk Train.
Skunk Train. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.

One of the most entertaining ways to experience Mendocino County’s majestic redwoods is aboard the historic (and dog-friendly) Skunk Train, so named because the self-propelled, gasoline-powered “railbus” cars introduced in the 1920s stunk to high heaven.

Today, four-hour, dog-friendly round trips out of Willits dive deep into the woods, while one-hour round trips out of Fort Bragg give a taste of the environment while repairs are being made farther up the tracks. For a larger adventure, book reservations at Camp Noyo, a wilderness campground on the Noyo River accessible only by train.