Sonoma Classic Coastwalk -- Even better for 2017!

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June 3-8

Great food – Scenic Hikes – Kayaking (optional)!

Private tour of Fort Ross & UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory


6 days/5 nights

Rating: Moderate


Even Better for 2017!

MODERATE:  hikes of 5 to 9 miles per day

June 3 – 8, 2017

6 days; 5 nights

$625 Adult

In Sonoma County we love the good life so prepare for spectacular hikes and gourmet dinners. Starting at Salt Point State Park we have chosen the best hikes along the Sonoma coast. Moving south we hike through the orchard into the original Russian settlement of Fort Ross. Camping at a secluded site by the banks of the Russian River we cross the river in kayaks (optional) before walking past the prehistoric mammoth rubbing rocks and along the Kortum Trail.  You will marvel at the awe inspiring hike from Duncan’s Mills over ‘Islands in the Sky’ and Pomo Canyon to Shell Beach. The last day includes a long beach walk to Bodega Head stopping at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab for a private tour.

Max Capacity: 25

Trip Includes:

Camping; shuttle transportation while on walk; all meals, including light breakfast, hot water/coffee, trail lunches, hot dinners; guided hiking  and an optional kayaking trip.

Sonoma Classic Itinerary

Saturday June 3

Campsite: Salt Point State Park group site

Arrive after 1pm

Hike Independently

Pygmy Forest or Visitors Center

Appetizers 5:30pm

Dinner 6:00pm

Guest talk 7:00pm-7:30pm

Sunday June 4

Hike 10:00am

Total 8 miles

Monday June 5

Campsite: Casini Ranch group site


Break camp and drive from Salt Point to Fort Ross arriving at 10:00am

Distance 7 miles (15 minutes)

Hike 10:00am

Fort Ross to orchard along road 1mile

Along San Andreas fault trail to coast 2 miles

Coastal trail to Fort Ross 2 miles

Guided Tour Fort Ross 2:00pm-3:00pm

Total 5 miles

Tuesday June 6

Hike 10:00am

Freeze-out flat trailhead to Pomo canyon camp ground gate.

Pomo canyon gate to Shell beach.

Total 8.5 miles

Wednesday June 7

Campsite: Sonoma Coast State Park Bodega Dunes

Hike 10:00am

Russian River to Kortum trail, along beach 1mile

Kortum trail to Shell beach 2 miles

Shell beach to Duncan’s landing 2 1/2 miles

Total 6 miles


Duncan’s landing 1:30pm

Van shuttle drivers to cars at Goat Rock parking lot

All drive to Bodega Dunes campground

Optional hike to Bells Memorial 3:00pm-4:00pm

Thursday June 8

Hike 10:00am

Picnic area parking lot to Salmon Creek parking lot

Salmon Creek parking lot to UC Marine Laboratory, along beach and dunes

Guided tour of Marine Laboratory 1hour

Hike after tour – Marine Laboratory through dunes to Bodega Head 1 mile

All hikers return to Bodega Dunes picnic area in cars and van.

Champagne and Clam Chowder, from Spud Point Crab Shack

Depart Bodega Head 1:00pm

Farewell lunch

Trip leaders Simon and Anne Lowings are avid hikers. They have trekked worldwide but especially like Nepal where they have been to Everest and Annapurna base camps. Both are now retired and have lived in Sonoma county for 20 years. They will be supported by volunteer Gary Morgret, a keen photographer and bird watcher. Gary has had his photos displayed in many galleries in California. Our team is complemented by Robert Harkavy, a member of the Sonoma Wednesday Walkers group, and a Coastwalker who is very familiar with the Sonoma coast. He also  volunteers at the Coastwalk office.

Sonoma Classic 2017

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