774 private road
expanse of pygmy
bear right here
more densely wooded
Road 770 & Little Lake-Sherwood Trail
Directions: In Mendocino, drive East on Little Lake Rd (map link at right). Continue for 3 miles until you see a yellow gate and pull-out on the left. Park here--do not block the gate.
Popularity: I have only explored this road a few times, and the only person I encountered was a property owner whose driveway I accidentally appeared on. He was very nice. Be advised that this road does connect to private properties, so stay on the main trail.
Caveat: I work from a large topo map of Jackson State Forest lands when determining roads to explore. Sometimes this map conflicts with other published maps, like the one at left (pdf link at top of page). On the left, one can see that road 700 does not clearly link to the dotted "Little Lake-Sherwood Trail"; however, my wall map illustrates that these roads do connect. I have found it tricky to determine, but that does not affect the fact that 700 is a wide, clear, and pleasant road, as shown in the photos above.
Aside from the first .3 miles, the road is almost entirely wide and flat through pygmy forest. Pygmy soil is hard, and can be sandy and/or clay-like. Thus, it stunts the growth of flora, creating short forests with lots of sun exposure. At .67 miles, a private road veers off to the left (774). Continue through the gate at .81miles. If you turn right here, you will end up weaving back to Little Lake Road at appoximately 1.7 miles, where you can run west to your car. Little Lake is quite busy, but there is a bike lane.
Continue straight on this path. You will bear right at the blue car (yup), and proceed forward, where the road becomes heavily wooded. According to my map, you would eventually cross Road 408, but I've only gone so far as a couple miles up this road. I wll update when I know more.