360° VR Panoramas of the Northern California Coast, Coast Ranges, and Redwood Highway
Cape Mendocino
Humboldt County, California

Cape Mendocino is the westernmost point on the California coast, an iconic location that is, unfortunately, private property and closed to the public. The lighthouse which used to cling to the slopes 450 feet above the ocean has been moved to Shelter Cove.

This is considered the most seismically active area in the country, with the Mendocino Triple Junction, where three tectonic plates collide, just offshore. A series of earthquakes with magnitudes up to 7.2 in 1992 raised the coastal terrace several feet, killing the intertidal life along a mile of shore.


Click on a thumbnail image to open an interactive 360° panorama in a new window.
The coast road near Cape Mendocino

The coast road near Cape Mendocino

The coast road near Cape Mendocino

near Cape Mendocino, California

Date photographed: April 25, 2004
See location in Google Maps

The beach just south of Cape Mendocino

The beach just south of Cape Mendocino

The beach just south of Cape Mendocino

near Cape Mendocino, California

Date photographed: April 25, 2004
See location in Google Maps

The low coastal terrace near Cape Mendocino

The low coastal terrace near Cape Mendocino

The low coastal terrace near Cape Mendocino

near Cape Mendocino, California

Date photographed: April 25, 2004
See location in Google Maps

On the switchbacks north of Capetown

On the switchbacks north of Capetown

On the switchbacks north of Capetown

near Cape Mendocino, California

Date photographed: April 25, 2004
See location in Google Maps

Previous locality: Lost Coast Headlands Next locality: Punta Gorda