The “hermit’s huts” found along the trails were built and lived in by a real hermit, a Russian émigré who found refuge in the forest in the 1960s. He lived there for almost two decades, scavenging food and clothing, until his death, when his ashes were scattered among the trees he loved. So in a way, he is still there, a true Mendocino eccentric.
Hendy Woods State Park is located at 18599 Philo-Greenwood Road in Philo. It is open every day of the year from 8:00 am to sunset. Day use fee is $10. Parts of the trails are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Dogs are not allowed on trails. Family friendly. Call (707) 895-3141 or (707) 895-3537 for more information.