The "Sanhedrin" was the supreme council of the ancient Hebrews. The pioneers who gazed up at this rugged ridge must have been very impressed indeed to have given it such a dignified Biblical name. But Sanhedrin Mountain is more than just one of the most imposing peaks in Mendocino County. The mountain's ancient forests are so pristine that they provide critical habitat for the continued survival of the northern spotted owl. The area also contains extensive meadows, oak woodlands, chaparral, and "serpentine barrens," places where the nutrient poor blue-green soil is so inhospitable to many plants that only specially adapted species can survive. As a result, the Sanhedrin Wilderness provides habitat for at least five rare and unique plant species, including the Anthony Peak lupine, which grows only in the Mendocino National Forest. The area also includes Impassable Rock, an impressive geologic formation in the northern portion of the area, and an active fault in the southern portion that has created a noticeable gash in the earth. Visitors to the area are greeted by outstanding views in all directions, including the Pacific Ocean, the Bay Area, and even the distant Mount Shasta.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Sanhedrin Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act - Public law 109-362 (10/17/2006) To designate certain National Forest System lands in the Mendocino and Six Rivers National Forests and certain Bureau of Land Management lands in Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, and Napa Counties in the State of California as wilderness, to designate the Elkhorn Ridge Potential Wilderness Area, to designate certain segments of the Black Butte River in Mendocino County, California as a wild or scenic river, and for other purposes.