Race Info

Mendocino Coast 50K

The Mendocino Coast 50K Ultra Trail Run

Mendocino County’s first ultra marathon, the Mendocino Coast 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 gorgeous Big River, deep into the forest, west on Russian Gulch (past a beautiful waterfall!), and finally delivering them to the home stretch–along the breathtaking Mendocino headlands.

Race Details




Start Time


Post-Race Reception

  • Friday, April 21, 2023 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Downstairs Conference Room (Big River Room) at the Stanford Inn Eco-Resort, 44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd. Mendocino, CA 95460 — Please park in the lower lot and come up the stairs| More info: stanfordinn.com or (707) 937-5615
  • Race Day Check in, Saturday, April 22, 2023, 6:00 am – 7:00 am | Big River State Beach

Aid Station 1: no cut-off time
Aid Station 2: no cut-off time
Aid Station 3: 1:00 pm
Aid Station 4: 2:30 pm
Aid Station 5: no cut-off time
Finish: 5:00 pm (9.5 hours)

  • 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!

7:30 AM

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. Your drop-bags will be transported to AID STATION 3.

Hang out after the race for delicious beer, food, and great music! Stanford Inn & Resort’s Restaurant will be serving delicious, organic food! This year we’re having Adam Sobel (of Cinnamon Snail) coming all the way in from NYC to create the menu!!!

Trail Highlights