Mendocino Trail Building 2015

build an experience this summer, build trail while enjoying spectacular views

Mendocino Trail Building

Redwood Candelabra Trees!

Amazing Views!

August 24 - 28, 2015

7 days/6 nights

Trip Leader approval required

Rating: Moderate


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Mendocino Trail Building

August 24 – 28 2015,  5 days 4 nights, Max Capacity: 20
Rating: Strenuous


*Hike Leader approval required before registering.

First of its kind, Coastwalk’s “Service Walk” offers Coastwalkers an exciting opportunity to build a new section of the California Coastal Trail.  In coorporation with the Mendocino LandTtrust, we will help to build 2.2 miles of new California Coastal Trail on “Save the Redwoods League” property at the south end of the “Lost Coast” in rugged Mendocino County in northern California. We’ll set up our base camp at Usal, a beautiful riparian delta of alders, willows and beach. Participants will be provided tools and instruction to help build this new section of trail. The trail will pass through a lush coastal Redwood forest with unique candelabra-shaped redwood trees and grand views of the Pacific Ocean. One must be able to hike4-5 miles with a day pack and tools, then work all day with hand tools, cutting and scraping to build the trail, and then walk back to camp. In addition to the trail work project, we will have a day off to explore, with optional walks and classes focused on: “leave no trace” camping, orienteering, wilderness survival, sunrise bird and natural history walks, a hike on the CCT into the south end of the Sinkyone Wilderness area, and an afternoon shuttle and walk to remote and beautiful Cape Vizcainio. This is a rare opportunity to explore and invest some “sweat equity” into the California Coastal Trail in a remote and beautiful location.

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Trip Includes:

primitive camping; shuttle transportation while on walk; all meals, including light breakfast, hot water/coffee, trail lunches, hot dinners; guided hiking on your days off, evening programs and trail work training.

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 and clothes suitable to trail work.

Average Daily Hiking:

2.5 miles a day/ trail building, physical labor

Types of Hiking Surfaces

unmaintained trails and uneven ground

Elevation Gains & Losses


Fitness Requirements

Trip Leader code needed to register.

Sample Itinerary coming soon!

David LaFollet – I live in Fort Bragg, CA on the cold Mendocino Coast where the redwood trees spill from the mountains down the river mouths to the sea. I love to walk and most mornings walk somewhere close to home, primarily along the ocean. Coastal weather being what it is, the back of my car always has an assortment of hats, sweaters and windbreakers, an authentic sign of a local. My first experience with Coastwalk was about 6 years ago when I was looking for a supported walking tour and selected a trip on the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains along the ridge overlooking the southern warm ocean. I’m hooked. I’m happy to share the joys of the coast, to celebrate our ability to access so much of it, and to help maintain, enhance, and expand public enjoyment of our coastline with you. I retired from CalFire in 2007 after 24 years working as a Professional Forester in land and timber management for the State of California. Most of my career was with Jackson Demonstration State Forest in Mendocino County but I also worked as a research forester for the North Coast Watershed Program, in a multi-agency effort to scientifically characterize the current ecological status of large forested basins in No. CA. My background is science oriented so I tend to be plant, animal, geology oriented. I wish I were painterly now, but that’s still to come.

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