MoJo Coastwalk

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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  • On Day 57 we made it to one of California's most iconic monuments... Bixby Bridge at the northern end of Big Sur! Big Sur is a seriously rugged and dramatic stretch of the #californiacoast. The Santa Lucia Mountains rise sharply from the Pacific Ocean in steep cliffs and sheer slopes. Due to this rugged terrain, the Big Sur coast was inaccessible to settlers into the early 19th century, when only the most hardy settlers lived in the remote Big Sur Wilderness. 
It wasn't until 1919 that a highway construction project was even considered here! The highway was promoted as a military necessity for defending the California coast and it took prison inmate crews 19 years to build the rugged route! Bixby Bridge is one of 33 bridges required to connect the highway through deep valleys and extreme terrain along the coast... seriously EXTREME! *
Day 57 - 6/26/16
10.75 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 664.4
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#bigsur #bixbybridge #bigsurcalifornia #bigsurhighway #highway1 #california #californiacoastaltrail #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk #optoutside #womenwhohike
  • We ❤️ the #CaliforniaCoastalTrail ! 🌀🌊😍🤙🌀 *
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Day 56 - 6/25/16
19.6 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 653.6
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#signnerds #welovesigns #pointlobos #pointlobosstatenaturalreserve #pointlobosstatereserve #californiastateparks #castateparks #california #californiacoast #mojocoastwalk #coastaltrail #coastwalk #westcoastbestcoast #optoutside #womenwhohike
  • We were blown away 🌬💨👯💗by the stunning beauty of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, which has been described as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world!” Legendary ocean vistas, abundant wildlife, and colorful wildflowers made this section of the #californiacoastaltrail one of our favorites💗🌀🌊Point Lobos' unique geology and foggy climate allows gnarled Monterey Cypress trees to grow here, in one of only two remaining naturally growing stands left on earth! *
Day 55 - 6/24/16
Total Miles on the CCT: 633.9
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#pointlobos #pointlobosstatenaturalreserve #pointlobosstatereserve #californiastateparks #castateparks #crownjewel #insanebeauty #montereycypress #california #californiacoast #mojocoastwalk #coastaltrail #coastwalk #westcoastbestcoast #optoutside #womenwhohike
  • Loved groovin' around the Monterey Peninsula on Day 54! 🌀🌊🤙 Did you know the Monterey Bay Coastal Rec Trail is a segment of the #CaliforniaCoastalTrail? It's a delightful 18-mile paved path that stretches from Castroville to Pacific Grove. It winds past Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, beaches, parks, historic sites, and downtown Monterey!
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Day 54 - 6/23/16
11.9 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 633.9
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#monterey #pacificgrove #montereybaycoastaltrail #publicaccess #montereybay #coastaltrail #californiacoastaltrail #california #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk
  • On Day 53 we were still makin' our way down the sandy beaches of Monterey Bay! 🌀🌊🌀🌊🌀🌊🌀🌊🌀🌊🌀🌊🌀🌊🌀🌊🌀
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Day 53 - 6/22/16
10.25 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 622.1
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#publicaccess #montereybay #coastaltrail #californiacoastaltrail #california #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk
  • Spirits were low on the morning of Day 52 😔 We got seriously skunk sprayed the night before, and we were not looking forward to hiking 600 more miles with our VERY stinky gear👃😷💩Nonetheless, we had to keep hiking, and as we walked a long sandy stretch of the Monterey Bay, Mother Nature 🌍showed up big time, and lifted our spirits! with sightings of baby snowy plovers, abundant sand dollars, and the cutest sea otter munching away on a crustacean treat. With so much beauty and life around us, we couldn’t help but smile! 😁🌀🌊🤙💕
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Day 52 - 6/21/16
11.9 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 611.8
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#montereybay #sunsetstatebeach #marinastatebeach #mosslanding #mosslandingstatebeach #elkhornslough #seaotter #sanddollar #sealife #otterfriend #coastaltrail #californiacoastaltrail #california #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk
  • On Day 51, we hiked by the SS Palo Alto, a concrete ship 🚢sitting in shallow water off Seacliff State Beach. Why build a cement ship, you ask⁉️Well, the SS Palo Alto was built at the end of World War I, when wartime steel shortages forced builders to use alternate shipbuilding materials. WWI ended and the SS Palo Alto was never used in wartime. In 1929, she was bought by the Seacliff Amusement Corporation and transformed into an extravagant amusement center. A pier was built to lead visitors to the ship, where an elegant “Rainbow Ballroom” invited patrons for dancing 💃🕺and dinner on the White Ash ballroom floor. The business closed after two years and the ship was stripped and abandoned, where she still sits today. Last winter, storms ripped apart the ship and officials decided to leave the historic vessel in place, where she will continue to face the forces of power nature! 🌊🌪💦Now you know!🤔
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Day 51 - 6/20/16
10.75 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 598.1
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#maritimehistory #sspaloalto #cementship #seacliffstatebeach #californiastateparks #castateparks #santacruzcounty #santacruzcoast #coastwalk #mojocoastwalk #thruhike #coastaltrail #westcoastbestcoast
  • Throwback to coastwalkin' with this rad crew through Santa Cruz! Thanks @coastalcommission @stwcoalition @pigeonpointhostel @seasurfnbird @foodieotter and friends old and new for joining us on this section of the #CaliforniaCoastalTrail !
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Day 50 - 6/19/16
Total Miles on the CCT: 587.3
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#santacruz #santacruzcoast #steamerlane #worldsurfingreserve #coastwalk #mojocoastwalk #coastaltrail
  • The #CaliforniaCoastalTrail🌀 is a gateway to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the most spectacular marine protected areas in the world, which stretches over 275 miles from San Francisco to Cambria—about one-quarter of California’s coastline! The #MontereyBayNationalMarineSanctuary is known as the “Serengeti of the Sea” because of the abundant wildlife found here, including over 34 species of 🐋marine mammals, 525 species of 🐟fish, and 180 species of 🐦seabirds. #MontereyBay also contains one of North America’s largest underwater canyons, the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon, which is 12,713 ft deep—even deeper than the Grand Canyon! This nearshore deep ocean environment is responsible for the amazing nutrient productivity of this region, which is why the Monterey Bay is teeming with life!
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Day 49 - 6/18/16
9.75 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 587.3
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#nationalmarinesanctuary #marineprotectedareas #submarinecanyon #californiasgold #womenwhohike #seasisters #seascapes #coastaltrail #californiacoastaltrail #california #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk
  • Cruisin' through Santa Cruz County on Day 48!
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Day 48 - 6/17/16
15.7 Miles
Total Miles on the CCT: 577.5
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#santacruz #santacruzcoast #californiasgold #seasisters #seascapes #coastaltrail #californiacoastaltrail #california #westcoastbestcoast #backpacking #thruhike #mojocoastwalk #coastwalk

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