Mendo-Lake Road

Total Miles


980.06 ft



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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

An easy scenic route over mountain ridges through South Cow Mountain OHV that connects lakeport to Ukiah. This is the main dirt road through cow mountain that has multiple harder trails off either side and has multiple campgrounds that are easily accessible by 2WDd vehicles. There are excellent views overlooking all of Lake Clearlake and the city of Lakeport.

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Mendo-Lake Road
Mendo-Lake Road
Mendo-Lake Road


easy dirt road with a couple rutted out areas that are easily driven though at low speeds


The South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area is located within the Mayacamas Mountains, east of the city of Ukiah and west of the city of Lakeport, in Northwestern California. The area offers beautiful views of Ukiah and Lake County; pockets of old-growth fir; several species of oak; willows; over 31 miles of stream; 13 reservoirs; and habitat for blacktail deer, bear, wild turkey, and other upland species.

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Status Reports

Jesus Requena
Apr 06, 2024
2008 Porsche Cayenne
Some water crossing due to rain, mud and big water

Access Description

LATITUDE/LONGITUDE: 39.061288, -123.056391 DIRECTIONS: In Ukiah, take State Highway 101 south to the Talmage exit. Go east on Talmage Road about 1.5 miles. Turn right at East Side Road. Travel less than 0.5 mile to Mill Creek Road, which is on the left. Continue on Mill Creek Road 5 miles for entrance to South Cow Mountain. or Follow CA-29 to Scotts Valley Rd in Lakeport, Take exit 103 from CA-29N to 11th St/Scotts Valley Rd, turn left on Scotts valley road if traveling north on Ca-29 or Turn Right if traveling South on CA-29 . , turn left on Riggs Rd, turn Right onto Scotts Creek Rd.

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