Day Hikes

little river with davidNational Trails Day Hike- Mendocino County

Join David LaFollette for this special National Trails Day Hike along the Mendocino Hike. This gem of a hike begins at Little River Beach in Van Damme State Park and travels north along the California Coastal Trail. This trail passes through grasslands, where you might spot black-tailed deer, to a bluff top with access to a sandy beach and rocky benches usually populated with harbor seals and the noisy American black Oystercatcher. David will take you through a Bishop Pine forest to his favorite spot on the CCT, overlooking the rugged coast and a grand view, from which he has seen many gray, humpbacked, and blue whales, harbor seals, sea lions, and many more birds and mammals! This hike is great for the first time hiker or experienced CCT hiker!

Pack water, layers and a lunch with snacks. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes.
Meet at 10:00 am at Little River Beach

David will contact you prior to the hike with his information.

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About Our Day Hikes

Day hikes along the route of the California Coastal Trail are a popular part of Coastwalk California’s mission.  Day hikes offer an enjoyable and educational way to learn about segments of the Coastal Trail. Led by experienced local volunteers and Coastwalk members, the hikes vary from county to county and season to season, and are offered on an irregular basis as volunteers come forth to lead them.

As much as possible Coastwalk California partners with other organizations and associations located along the 15 coastal counties to offer day hikes, since local knowledge  makes outings special.  Coastwalk is also interested in telling its readers, members and friends about coastal zone day hikes and volunteer service days  offered by our trail partners and other coastal organizations, to encourage wider participation.

If you or your organization are scheduling a day hike or work day, let Coastwalk know so the information can be put on Coastwalk’s website.


Fall Jenner Headlands hike

When: Sunday, Nov 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Jenner Headlands Property, north of Jenner, Sonoma County

Join Coastwalk California for a great opportunity to explore the Jenner Headlands – an incredible landscape not open to the general public, recently acquired by Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy. The Jenner Headlands is located just north of where the Russian River meets the sea.

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Whale Watching at Van Damme State Park

When: April 13, 2012
Where: Mendocino County, Van Damme State Park
Rating: Easy

Meeting place for leaderless carpooling: 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, Ukiah, (Perkins and Hwy 101) Alternate meeting place: 10 a.m. Van Damme State Park, ocean side of Hwy 1. Leader David LaFollette will guide you north about a mile on the California Coastal Trail to a good view point where it is hoped we will see migrating gray whales as well as other animals and points of interest. Last year, the group saw 10 whales, so we hope for good luck again this year! Bring a lunch, drinking water, layers of clothing, and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes with good traction.  We’ll return to Van Damme parking about 2:00 p.m. Steady rain or weather that obscures the water will cancel this walk. Learn more about the annual migration of the whale.

California Gray Whale Coalition
Sonoma County Whale Watch Program
May 4, 2013
Eel River Day Hike
May 12, 2013
Jenner Headlands Day Hike