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Santa Cruzin’ the CCT

Santa Cruzin’ the CCT

We cruised into Santa Cruz County just in time to meet a big south swell hitting the coast! The whole community was buzzing with palpable excitement, as ocean lovers from all walks of life emerged to enjoy the waves. We were jones-ing for a surf, despite the dumping...

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MoJo in San Mateo

MoJo in San Mateo

We zoomed through San Francisco in a whirlwind of family, friends, fantastic trails, and fabulous fun. The City and County of SF share the same geographical boundaries, so in the blink of an eye, all 11 miles of SF County’s coastline had flown by, and we were entering...

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From the Headlands to the Bay

From the Headlands to the Bay

We’ve made it into our fifth county along the California Coastal Trail! Marin County encompasses the spectacular Tomales Bay, famous for its oysters and gorgeous panoramas. We canoed across Tomales Bay over the San Andreas Fault to our boat-in campsite at Marshall...

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Stoked on Sonoma

Stoked on Sonoma

As we crossed over the Gualala River, beautiful Sonoma County greeted us with breathtaking views, best described by our favorite coast adventurer, J Smeaton Chase in 1911. The view was almost impossibly perfect…To the west I caught glimpses of dazzling sea; and...

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MoJo in Mendo

MoJo in Mendo

We crossed from Humboldt in to Mendocino County while hiking the Lost Coast in Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Emerging from the backcountry at Usal Beach on the 21st day of our expedition, we were greeted by large male Roosevelt Elk grazing at the Usal Beach...

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MoJo’s Trek along California’s Lost Coast

MoJo’s Trek along California’s Lost Coast

The Lost Coast—6 days to walk 64 miles of the wildest and most dramatic coastline in California, traversing black sand beaches, blooming wildflower flats, dense temperate rainforests, and steep mountain ridges that drop into the crashing sea below. The trail fords...

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Hangin’ in Humboldt on the CCT

Hangin’ in Humboldt on the CCT

We woke up in our boat-in campsite feeling like we were in the jungle. Hummingbirds zoomed through the clearing above our tent, chirping and buzzing overhead. The morning fog accumulated in dew drops on the leafy walls around us. We packed up and took a last look...

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First days in Humboldt County

First days in Humboldt County

We started our 6th day on the California Coastal Trail on the north side of the Klamath River, where Oregos, a helpful Yurok spirit, is embodied as a large rock at the rivermouth. Oregos and her sister, another stalwart rock on the south side, help to guide the salmon...

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We Love Del Norte

We Love Del Norte

Greetings Earthlings! MoJo Coastwalk has officially launched! We are en route on the California Coastal Trail. We hit the trail on Sunday May 1, 2016 with perfect sunny weather in Del Norte County. The sand was radiating warmth, the waves were crashing into bright...

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  • A beautiful meeting of wild sea and rugged geology 💗💗💗Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands👉the first onshore unit of the California Coastal National Monument!🇺🇸🌊👍
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Day 28 - 5/28/16
13 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 352.5
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#californiacoastalnationalmonument #californiacoastaltrail #california #nationalmonument #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk #coast #ocean #geologyrocks
  • On Day 27 down the #CaliforniaCoastalTrail we stopped by the Point Arena Lighthouse for a tour and a view👀across the stunning Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands (part of the California Coastal National Monument!) This lighthouse was originally built in 1870 out of brick and mortar to help ship captains navigate the rough, rocky northern California waters. In 1906, the great San Francisco earthquake damaged the lighthouse so severely—the San Andreas Fault runs very near Point Arena—that the lighthouse was condemned and torn down.
A new lighthouse was constructed in 1908 with a design using steel reinforcement rods encased in concrete to withstand future earthquakes. The lighthouse lens, which was used until 1977, was a first order Fresnel lens made of 666 hand-finished 💎prisms that weighed over six tons! The lens is on display in the Point Arena Lighthouse 💡Museum, a “must-see” optic exhibit!😂
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Day 27 - 5/27/2016
Point Arena to Gualala Point Regional Park
15 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 339.5
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#pointarena #mendocino #exploremendocino #pointarenalighthouse #mendocinocounty #lighthouse #californialighthouse #nationalmonument #californiacoastalnationalmonument #womenwhohike #thruhike #californiacoast #mycacoast #coastwalk #westcoastbestcoast #california #beach #coast #ocean #beachwalking #optoutside #throwback #mojocoastwalk #outdoorwomen #misadventures
  • On Day 26 we trudged along on Highway 1, and day-dreamed of walking the fenced-off blufftop land instead. 🤔💭👣 This is one of the longest stretches of Cali coastline that is not pedestrian-friendly—there is no beach to walk, most of the blufftop properties are privately owned, and the Highway is shoulder-less, curvy, and narrow. The BIGGEST challenge to completing the #CaliforniaCoastalTrail is getting hundreds and hundreds of coastal property owners to work together to design and build the trail. For now, part of being a good CCT steward is respecting private property rights, even if that means long stretches of unpleasant Highway walking. 😣 We are so thankful to the property owners who have already provided easements for the trail, and we are hopeful that new sections will continue to be added every year 😊🌀🌀🌀😊
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Day 26 - 5/26/16
32 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 324.5
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#notrespassing #incompletetrail #letsbuildthistrail #dreaminthemaking #californiacoastaltrail #california #mendocino #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk
  • On Day 25 on the #CaliforniaCoastalTrail we hiked through spectacular Jug Handle State Natural Reserve, where we explored some awesome coastal geological features called marine terraces. Marine terraces are flat, meadow-like expanses of land which were originally underwater as part of the seafloor. These broad terraces were shaped by two ✌️forces: tectonic plate movement and pounding 🌊waves. During the last glaciation period, the waves receded as sea-level fell, leaving the exposed terraces. At Jug Handle there are five 🖐levels of terraces in a staircase formation where each step represents the former seafloor at different points in time- 100,000 years apart! Now hikers can enjoy the scenic beauty of these unique marine terraces, the former seafloor... so cool!
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Day 25 - 5/25/2016
Noyo Headlands, Fort Bragg to Van Damme State Park
12 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 292.5
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#californiacoastaltrail #california #mendocinocounty #mendocino #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk #beach #coast #ocean #mountains #castatepark #castateparks #optoutside #inventyouradventure
  • On Day 24 on the #CaliforniaCoastalTrail we were joined by Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner, Mendocino County Supervisor Dan Gjerde, Mendocino Land Trust Executive Director Ann Cole, and a wonderful group of Mendocino locals for a walk on the Noyo Headlands Fort Bragg Coastal Trail. The Noyo Headlands trail is a very special new segment of CCT! This coastal land hasn’t been open to public access for over 100 years 💯😲‼️ because it was the site of a former sawmill. The trail is brand new and features special benches handmade by local woodworkers at wonderful scenic lookout points. We were very pleased to see a bunch of CCT signs and tons of people out enjoying the trail—great work Fort Bragg! We are so excited for Fort Bragg and their wonderful new blufftop CCT segment!
📷 Photo credit: Donna Hannaford
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Day 24 - 5/24/16
4.8 Miles (Out and back—this trail doesn't currently connect through but hopefully will in the future)
Total Miles on the CCT: 280.5
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#fortbragg #noyoheadlands #noyoheadlandscoastaltrail #seaglass #trashtotreasure #californiacoastaltrail #california #visitmendocino #exploremendocino #mendocinocounty #mendocino #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk #beach #coast #optoutside #inventyouradventure
  • On Day 23 we explored Fort Bragg, home of famous Glass Beach. We crawled around to examine the millions of tiny seaglass fragments that make up the shoreline, smoothed and polished by the crashing waves and rocky shores. Bright greens, light blues, opaque whites, and beer bottle browns glistened in the light. Trash has transformed into treasure at Glass Beach, which used to be the site of the old town dump. We can’t understand how the first person decided that this was a good place to leave their trash, especially when we look out to sea and take in the beauty around us. We are thankful that this beach is now carefully stewarded and appreciated, and is part of the Noyo Headlands Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, a new section of the CCT! If you visit Glass Beach, remember to leave the sea glass there for all to enjoy 😊🌀🌊✌️🙏✨
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Day 23 - 5/23/16
Work day, no miles logged!
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#glassbeach #fortbragg #noyoheadlands #noyoheadlandscoastaltrail #seaglass #trashtotreasure #californiacoastaltrail #california #visitmendocino #exploremendocino #mendocinocounty #mendocino #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk #beach #coast #optoutside #inventyouradventure
  • #Haiku #ElkHaiku
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A Roosevelt Elk
Considers the Weather and 
Takes Another Munch
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Day 22 - 5/22/16
Usal, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park to MacKerricher State Park
32.8 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 275.7
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#rooseveltelk #reintroduction #californiacoastaltrail #california #mendocinocounty #mendocino #lostcoast #lostcoasttrail #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk #beach #coast #ocean #mountains #sinkyonewilderness #castatepark #castateparks #optoutside #inventyouradventure
  • The Lost Coast rewards hikers who commit to the rugged and remote setting with exquisite scenery and unforgettable experiences. But this is not a hike for the faint of heart—the hike is strenuous and conditions can be unforgiving. Power Nature commands respect, and She got us good on Day 21, with unrelenting rain, mud, and poison oak, as we climbed and descended the ridges and gulches of the Sinkyone Wilderness, a perpetual knitting–then unravelling–of the elevation gains we made.
🌀⛰🌲🌊🌲⛰🌀
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Day 21 - 5/21/16
Wheeler to Usal, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
11.5 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 242.8
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#powernature #motherearth #californiacoastaltrail #california #mendocinocounty #mendocino #lostcoast #lostcoasttrail #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk #beach #coast #ocean #mountains #sinkyonewilderness #castatepark #castateparks #optoutside #inventyouradventure
  • Day 20 found us tree hugging 🌲🤗 an old growth redwood in J Smeaton Chase Grove, named after the adventurer who travelled on horseback from Mexico to Oregon along the California coast in 1911. We love Chase’s description of the forest, “On every stump and fallen log, and on every fork and bulge of living tree, little elves’ gardens of small plants and fungi were growing, — dainty sprays of vaccinium, red and orange toadstools, barberry, gaultheria: and the roadside banks were set with myriads of ferns, while mosses grew to such size that I sometimes mistook them for a young growth of some stiff, heathery plant.”
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Day 20 - 5/20/16
Jones Beach to Wheeler, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
9.9 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 231.3
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#treehugging #redwood #welovetrees #redwoodforest #oldgrowthforest #californiacoastaltrail #california #mendocinocounty #mendocino #lostcoast #lostcoasttrail #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk #beach #coast #ocean #mountains #sinkyonewilderness #castatepark #castateparks #optoutside #inventyouradventure
  • Every evening of our journey down the California coast was dedicated to sunset and reflection time 🌊🌞✨We wrote daily journal entries to capture our hiking experiences so we could help future hikers like you! 😄These journal entries inspired our blog (link in bio☝️) and helped with our trail map👉coming soon!
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Day 19 - 5/19/16
Shelter Cove Rd to Jones Beach, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
9.7 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 221.4
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#sunset #journaling #tranquilvibes #californiacoastaltrail #california #humboldtcounty #humboldt #mendocinocounty #mendocino #lostcoast #lostcoasttrail #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk #beach #coast #ocean #mountains #sinkyonewilderness #castatepark #castateparks #optoutside #inventyouradventure #sinkyonewildernessstatepark

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