Sneak preview: The heart of the Big River near Mendocino
Sneak preview: The heart of the Big River near Mendocino (Kurt Markus)

California’s Secret Stash

The Big River's been saved—and just in time. Here's how to enjoy the northern coast's newest playground and its spectacular environs.

Sneak preview: The heart of the Big River near Mendocino

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THE BIG RIVER

Introducing 7,344 prime redwood-riddled acres to paddle, hike, and mountain bike.


THE BEST OF THE REST OF PARADISE NORTH

Sea kayaking off the town of Elk, hiking the Lost Coast Trail, mountain biking the Hotel Gulch Road, peak bagging in the King Range.


From Outside Magazine, Aug 2002 Lead Photo: Kurt Markus
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