Spanning over 5107 acres in central Mendocino County, the Wheelbarrow Ranch
is multidimensional in both its resources and beauty. Arriving at the Ranch via
direct access off US Highway 101, one ascends up a well maintained gravel
road through a protected forested canopy until a vast high mountain valley
reveals itself in its full spender with towering Valley Oaks welcoming the visitor in
their magnificence as they have done through the centuries.
At its outset Wheelbarrow Valley is divided by a large mountainous outcropping
that has been known as the “Island” from time memorable. As one travels further
into the interior, the valley opens up and is met by its eastern finger creating an
even more expansive flat crossed by Wheelbarrow Creek and its many
tributaries. From the valley floor, one could look in all directions to the lush
forests that nestles this magnificent valley.
The Wheelbarrow Ranch strikes the right balance between a productive livestock
operation and a long term sustainable timber production with the added benefit
of its phenomenal recreational attributes. Currently the ranch runs between
50-70 cow/calf units. This number could be increased if resources were
committed to water development for valley irrigation, dry farming where irrigation
is unfeasible and perimeter and cross fencing, repaired and/or placed, to
increase the quantity and quality of the grazing area.
There has not been an official timber cruise done to determine the actual volume
of existing timber but it is safe to say there is a vast stand of Douglas Fir, literally
millions upon millions of board feet, that is representative of significant working
asset. Whether one wishes to bank this reserve and let it grow for future
generations, harvest it at a sustainable level or sell the carbon credit, there is a
real value here that should produce an exponential rate on its own accord.
Of course, the recreational merits of a natural treasure such as this are endless .
With close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma Airport, access
to a sportsman is easily accessible. Teeming with Blacktail Deer, bear, Tule Elk,
wild hog, turkey, mountain and valley quail, bangtail pigeon, migratory birds in
season, mountain lion and bobcat one’s always guessing what the next corner
will yield. The Ranch would seem to be a perfect candidate for California Fish &
Wildlife Private Land Management Program (PLM). The depth, diversity of terrain
and water attributes all contribute to making the Ranch a wildlife haven which
was not lost on the original Pomo Indian inhabitants nor the later European
settlers who were drawn to this rich region and whose respective settlements are
evidenced in niches and corners throughout the Ranch.
Further to its historical significance, the Ranch played host to the legendary
Coates - Frost Family Feud that left 8 dead in October of 1867. Legend has it
that lawmen pursued the fleeing perpetrators through the Ranch’s backcountry
resulting in scattered skirmishes in long forgotten and unmarked battlefields. As
one journeys through the depth of the Ranch, there is an underlying sense of
stepping back in time when the West was wild and filled with hope for the
newcomers to leave their marks.
Besides the wildlife and other natural attributes, there are miles upon miles of
improved and unimproved ranch roads and trails for exploring by ATV, horseback
or foot. In addition, there are numerous potential campsites, old
homesteads and one picturesque functioning backcountry cabin.
There is a modest but functional main ranch house, an updated caretaker’s cabin,
backwood’s cabin, rental cabin, large workshop/barn with stable, hay barn,
numerous outbuildings and some corrals and holding pens. There is electric to
the houses, propane delivered and water supplied by a gravity fed spring.
Water resources include the Wheelbarrow Creek, Bean Creek, Bud Creek, Tomki
Creek and numerous lesser creeks and tributaries. Abundance of water is
evidenced by the numerous springs scattered throughout the Ranch. Situated in
the valley’s southwest side is the Ranch’s main spring fed reservoir. With crystal
clear water and an elevated pier, the reservoir invites the swimmer seeking
reprieve from the mid-day heat and the angler seeking it’s abundant bass and bluegill.
• 5,107 acres in central Mendocino County
• Direct Access of Highway 101
• 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Main House
• 2 Bedroom Caretakers House
• 30' x 50' Hay Barn
• 50' x 60' Red Barn
• Runs 50-70 Cow/ Calf Pair
• Numerous Creeks & Springs
• Timber - Millions of Board Feet - Primarily Douglas Fir
• Abundant Wildlife - Deer, Pigs, Elk, Bear & Upland Game Birds
• Site of Historic Coates - Frost Family Feud (circa 1867)
• Miles of Hiking & Riding Trails
• Backwoods One Room Cabin
• Multitude of Micro-climates
• One Acre Pond - Great Swimming / Fishing
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