Mendocino Shady Dell Coastwalk

If you are looking for a unique adventure on the California Coastal Trail, this hike is for you!

Redwood Candelabra Trees!

Amazing Views!

Experienced Trip Leaders!

July 10-16


7days/6 nights

Dinner provided for 5 days; hikers provide own breakfast, lunch and dinner for 1 day in Fort Bragg

Rating: Strenuous


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Shady Dell & Candelabra Trees Coastwalk:  July 10 – 16, 2017

STRENUOUS –  hikes of 6 to 8 miles per day

7 days* ; 6 nights

$595 Adult

If you are looking for a unique coastal trip, this Coastwalk is for you. Experience the beautiful Mendocino Coastline over 6 nights along the CCT with experienced leaders. See the wondrous Shady Dell Candelabra trees on the Peter Douglas section of the California Coastal Trail. Visit scenic points as we hike south on the Coastal Trail including: Laguna Point, Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, Pomo Bluffs, Hare Beach and the Coast Botanical Gardens. Spend the night at Jug Handle Farms and Nature Center. Be treated to a private tour of Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse. Stop for lunch in the village of Mendocino. Hike to Van Damme State Park for a farewell lunch at the end of the week’s adventure having made new and lasting friendships on the Trail.

Max Capacity: 20

*Participants provide own food for breakfast, lunches and 1 dinner in Fort Bragg

Trip Includes:

camping and lodging; shuttle transportation while on walk; all dinners except one in Fort Bragg.  The Chuckwagon will be available to support all breakfasts with Milk, butter, tea, coffee, hot water and other condiments. As in past Coastwalks, we don’t provide Breakfast or Lunch, please bring your own.

Make Sure to Bring:

tent, sleeping bag, ground cloth or rain fly; water resistant or water-proof light weight jacket (damp weather is a likely event), sturdy boots.

Average Daily Hiking:

6-8 miles a day

Types of Hiking Surfaces

unmaintained trails and uneven ground

Elevation Gains & Losses


Fitness Requirements


SHADY DELL COASTWALK, 2017. Northern Mendocino County Itinerary

July 10-16. From Sinkyone Wilderness State Park to Little River.

Monday July 10. Arrive 2PM MacKerricher State Park, shuttle to Usal campground.  Set-up camp, then walk to Usal beach, about a mile or two.  Dinner 6 PM.  After dinner; orientation for the week and coastal safety talk.

Tuesday July 11. 7-8 AM Breakfast,  8:30 break camp, load gear into trailer. 9 AM walk to Shady Dell Candelabra  trees on Peter Douglas section of the California Coastal Trail to Usal Road then walk the County Road to Hwy One, six miles, 300 elevation gain.  Shuttle everyone to MacKerricher S.P. stopping along the way at West Port Union Landing, overlooks, Westport.  Dinner 6 PM.  Campfire after.

Wednesday, July 12. Breakfast 7-8. Leave camp 9 AM. Shuttle to Bruhel Point,  one other section of CCT then shuttle to Ten Mile River and walk the Beach and haul road, 5 ½ miles to our camp in the pines of MacKerricher.  Dinner on your own; one you can walk to.  Shuttles available to Fort Bragg restaurants.

Thursday, July 13. Optional: sunrise natural history walk around Lake Cleone, one hour, about a mile.  Breakfast 7:30-8:30.  Walk south on the CCT.  visiting Laguna Point, Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, Pomo Bluffs, Hare Beach and the Coast Botanical Gardens, 8 miles, very little elevation change.  Then we will shuttle to Jug Handle Farms and Nature Center, our camp for the night.  Dinner 6 PM.   After dinner, campfire.

Friday, July 14. Breakfast 7-8. 9AM, Morning tour of Nature Center Native Plant Gardens.  We are back on the trail again, exploring Jug Handle State Reserve to the coast, then south on the CCT. to Casper, across Casper creek to Upland trail then on to Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse for a private tour of the Lighthouse.  After our tour we walk south on a future section of CCT. to a sink hole in Russian Gulch State Park, six miles, 100 feet elevation change, our camp for the night.  Dinner 6 PM.

Saturday, July 15.  Breakfast 7-8 AM.  9 AM We’ll walk on top of some rugged scenic shoreline, headed to the Village of Mendocino. Walkers can window shop and enjoy the fine treats of this famous Village. We have a few cafes we’ll point out for Lunch .  2 PM meet at Ford House and head south over the Big River past Brewery Gulch (we may shuttle past this section to the Spring Ranch). The Spring Ranch is a new addition to Van Damme State Park, 7-8 miles, about 100 elevation gain, our camp for the night. Dinner 6PM. Campfire after dinner

Sunday, July 16. Breakfast 7-8 AM. 9 AM nature walk up Little River. We’ll walk South again on CCT. to Little River Inn, then Albion Headlands and back to Van Damme where we will have lunch- just a few miles.  Then we’ll shuttle back to your transportation around 1 PM.  There are usually local vendors leading kayak trips and teaching scuba diving at Van Damme Beach if you want to plan something for later. The Little River Inn has rooms and a great Whale watch bar plus a very good restaurant.  They also have a beautiful Golf Course.  If you still want to hike, Van Damme State Park has some great trails. One we will see, but we will only see the beginning as it continues up the beautiful Little River to a unique Pigmy Forest.

By:  David La Follette, Walks Co-ordinator: 1-31-17

Subject to change (some hikes and campsites use special permits. This itinerary is not a recommendation for personal use)





david10faceshot David La Follette   I am a third generation Californian, now living in Ukiah, in Mendocino County. I have an education in Biological Science and years of experience in traveling and working in woods and enjoying our Natural History. Having retired from Cal Fire about ten years ago I got to travel all around the State fighting fires. Now I get to go to some of the Beautiful natural area of this state and the World seeing the fauna and flora as a Naturalist. I first become aware of Coastwalk in 1983 when as President of Madrone Audubon Society; a group of coastal activists approached the Sonoma Environmental Counsel, seeking seed money to start Coastwalk. I joined their group and helped organize and lead the first couple of years of “Walks”. Then a permanent position with CDF opened up in Mendocino County and I took it. As a wildland fire fighter, back then, we couldn’t take summer vacation so making plans with Coastwalk ended, until I  retired. With my summers free again, I have coordinated and lead about ten years of “Walks” in Mendocino, Sonoma, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. My commitment to Coastwalk has grown as I stepped up to help, with the Walks Committee, Day Hike Leader and now the Advisory Committee. Our latest project, a “Service Walk” will bring out my knowledge of working in the Forest with hand tools and combine it with coordinating a camping/hiking trip like a Coastwalk. This project will bring me a lot of satisfaction actually building another section of the California Coastal Trail. Finishing the whole CCT. is a life time goal of mine.

What to bring on the Mendocino-Shady Dell Coastwalk




Jacket, wind and water resistant

Long pants

Hiking shorts

Hiking boots

Walking shoes


Long Sleeve shirt



Tee shirt


Bandanna, handkerchief

Sleep wear

Poncho or rain gear



Soap or body wash, Bio based/biodegradable

Tooth brush


Dental floss

Daily Medications and vitamins

Shampoo, bio based/biodegradable


Insect repellent

Comb or brush

Towel and wash cloth

Personal first-aid items


Camping gear

Tent, with foot print

Sleeping bag with pad

Plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon

Flashlight or head lamp

Folding chair/ camp chair

Day pack

Canteen, hydration pack or 2 water bottles, 1 liter minimum



Breakfast and Lunch food


Nice to have



Tupperware container, for left overs

BYOB. Bring your own alcoholic beverage if you choose.



Shady Dell Mendocino Coastwalk

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