Dog-friendly Little River Blowhole (Punchbowl) Trail

Little River Blowhole (Punchbowl) Trail

Little River, California 95456
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Local Phone: (707) 962-0470

This trail is about 0.5 miles long, to the awesome Little River Blowhole and beyond to the bluff edge. The Little River Blowhole is actually a punchbowl or sinkhole and is an actively eroding area; almost every winter, full grown trees fall into the abyss.

Hikers and leashed dogs are permitted, and there is an interpretive panel telling the story of the geology of this cool feature.

The trail winds though a Bishop pine forest, around the north side of the punchbowl/sinkhole, and out to views of the coast, ocean, and offshore islands. The trail is managed by the Mendocino Land Trust.

This punchbowl /sinkhole is very dangerous—watch your step on this trail, and don’t try to climb into the punchbowl, as a fall would likely be fatal. There is also a lot of poison oak just off the entire trail- which is another reason to stay on it, and out of the punchbowl.

This location has no cellular reception. Please plan accordingly.

Help us keep this trail beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• If in off-leash area, keep your dog under voice command
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

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