Manley Gulch

4.75 out of 5
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↑ 3,300 ft
↓ 3,100 ft
elevation (ft)

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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (5)

Granny Gear

August 22, 2015
Agrostar Granny Gear  
Review: Manly Gulch is a very nice single track that winds through a dense forest. The trail gets pretty thin in some places with steep edges but is a great ride nonetheless.
As another reviewer indicated, you can purchase a trail map of the area at Catch a Canoe ($8) on the way into Mendocino (heading North). The map is invaluable (especially since satellite reception is limited) and contains detailed trail mappings of the entire area (which is the real prize). The owner/creator is considering the addition of 3D effects on the back side so that you'll be able to see the contours - which would be very helpful.
We started in the Mendocino Woodlands campground and headed up Boiler (the park ranger was helpful getting us to that location) then stayed on 720 for a bit (since Boiler was quite a climb), then did Gas Cap and Confusion Hill (these were quite fun and we'll consider repeating them next time by heading back on 720 to the start points) on our way up to Forest History Trailhead (via 408) where we caught Manly Gulch.
Once down Manly Gluch we completed the roughly 12 mile loop (and est. 2500' elevation) taking Staircase to Eagle's Roost, to Old Jeep Trail (another good climb) to Ridge, then down Big Tree trail back to the parking area.
We'll definitely be returning to Mendocino (with the map)!

Granny Gear

May 17, 2015
Review: The Manly Gulch trail is a delightful singletrack that descends to a ravine along the side of a steep, forested grade. Tight turns, a handful of switchbacks, several places where trees and the roots add extra excitement. Altogether a beautiful ride on a well-crafted, well-maintained trail. Unfortunately, the ride back up forest history trail is currently closed because the area is being logged. I rode back up the fire road, a loop that took about 2 hours, but my endurance is not currently strong.

August 24, 2005
Review: A fun trail- well maintained singletrack. The guys at Catch a Canoe were great and gave us a good map. We did the Forrest History/Cookhouse loop- I would recommend going clockwise (down Forrest History and up Cookhouse) as this would give a more technical downhill and easier climb. Not much to see at the observation point. It was surprisingly cool in the shade.

August 12, 2004
Review: I rode Manley Gulch twice this summer. It is one of the best rides I have ever done. I went up the FH trail and then down Manley Gulch.

Similar Trail: East Pinery Road to Davey Brown on Figuroa Mountain in Santa Barbara County

January 1, 1970
Review: This trail is great.I missed a turn and continued down the forest history trail and went through an old section of double track,continued downhill and then past a music school where kids were learning to play zithers or something.The forest is moody, the trail is soft and the track is very narrow traversing a steep hillside.I was waiting for Merry,Sam,Frodo and Pippen to pop out at any time. What a trip!

Similar Trail: Corte de Madera off of Hwy 35 near Halfmoon Bay is similar in emotional impact.

Manley Gulch MTB Trail 4.75 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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