Race Info

Mendocino Coast 50K

The Mendocino Coast 50K Ultra Trail Run

Mendocino County’s first ultra marathon, the Mendocino Ultra 50K is a breathtaking trail run starting and ending at the Big River State Park just south of Mendocino Village. The race takes runners along the rugged coast, up Russian Gulch and east through the forest, finally delivering them to the home stretch–about 10 miles along the majestic Big River.

Race Details


Start Time




Post-Race Reception

  • Friday, April 21, 9 am – 5 pm Bicycles Too, 44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd. Mendocino, CA 95460 | 937-0273
  • Race Day Check in, Saturday, April 22, 6:00 am – 7:00 am | Big River State Beach

7:30 AM

8.5 hours (7:30 am – 4 pm)

  • From the Bay Area/San Francisco. 101 N. to 128 NW (just north of Cloverdale) to Highway 1 north. About two miles north of the town of Little River is the Big River bridge (you’ll see the town of Mendocino to the west of highway 1). Immediately upon crossing the bridge, make a quick right turn which will take you down a short hill to the Big River Beach parking lot, and to the start of the Mendocino Coast Ultra!!!
  • From Sacramento. Highway 5 north to approximately Williams. Take Highway 20 west then Highway 101 N, then Highway 20 west again (from the town of Willits). From Highway 20 (after about 33 miles), head south on Highway 1. Head south about 7-8 miles. When you arrive in the town of Mendocino, you’ll pass the (only) stop light. Still heading south, turn left BEFORE crossing the Big River Bridge. This will take you down a short hill and to the start of the Mendocino Coast Ultra!

Crew/pacers: No crew or pacers allowed.
Drop bags: Please bring a clearly marked drop bag to the starting area. There will be a marked location to place your bag. The drop off place is TBD but will be approximately at the 15 mile mark.

Hang out after the race for delicious beer, food, and great music! Menu features incredible food from Stanford Inn’s Ravens Restaurant, including a falafel bar, whole plant-based sushi, veggie soup, and more, plus Mendocino County’s own craft beer!

Trail Highlights