2023 Humboldt Discovery Weekend

June 9-12

4 Days/3 Nights

Rating: Easy

Max Capacity: 25

$875 Non-Member 

$825 Coastwalk Member

Discover your inner student and enjoy eating and sleeping on the Cal Poly Humboldt University Campus and explore the surrounding coastal beauty. Not just a campus tour, the Humboldt Discovery is suitable for Coastwalkers who are interested in shorter day hikes and prefer not to camp. The Humboldt Discovery Coastwalk is the also the perfect multi-generational opportunity; parents and grandparents are welcome to bring their college aged children or grandchildren who are least 18 years old for a weekend to experience life on a college campus.

The Humboldt Discovery Coastwalk will begin with a campus tour and continue with scenic and informative daily walks along the California Coastal Trail.

Private Rooms and All Meals Provided.

Participants shall be responsible for paying for parking and any state park entrance fees.


Lodging for the 2023 Humboldt Discovery Weekend will be on the Cal Poly Humboldt University campus at Cypress Hall, which is a series of suites built up the slope of a hillside. Each suite has a living room, bathroom, and a small kitchen area with cooking facilities and a dining table. Some suites have either a balcony or patio off the living room. Laundry facilities are on the ground floor of the Cypress complex. A basketball hoop, barbecue, lawn, and recreation area are located on the grounds adjacent to Cypress.

These suites consist of double and single rooms. All rooms are furnished with a bed, desk and wardrobe closet for each resident. The rooms are wired for optional telephone service and cable T.V. service. Every resident has the ability to access the internet through wired or wireless connections. Residents in each suite are responsible for the cleaning of the common area kitchen, bathroom, living room and hallway.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining hall cafeteria style and can include meals for specialty diets. We will prepare our own brown bag lunches for our daytime adventures from food provided.

The suites at Cypress Hall will be the base-camp for all our excursions and we will car pool to the start of each hike . All routes are loops so we will return to our cars without having to retrace our steps.

Parking fees are not included in this trip cost. Please car pool whenever possible. Please bring you CA State Park pass if you have one.

The University is a 2 mile drive from Arcata which is well worth a visit in the evening.


Sample Itinerary – Itinerary is subject to change due to trail conditions and services availability.  

Friday, June 9

12:00-12:30 PM Check In: We meet at Humboldt State University.

The address is Main Building -Jolly Giant Commons, 355 Granite Avenue Arcata Ca 95521

We meet at the conference desk on the 3rd floor. This may be too early for check-in so please
leave bags in your car.

Parking is in front of the building at the J parking lot.  The parking fees are not included in the
tour price and at the University is $3.50/day, payable at the machine or the cashiers kiosk.

1-2 PM Docent led tour of the campus

3-5 PM Drive 2 miles to Arcata marsh for a docent led birdwatching hike. ( hiking distance 3
miles no elevation gain)

6PM Dinner
7PM introductions and discussion of the following days events

 Saturday, June 10

8AM Breakfast and preparation of lunch
9AM Drive 20 miles to Patricks Point State Park renamed  to “Sue-meg State Park” for a loop hike along the California Coastal Trail . We spend time at the Sue-meg village, a Yurok Native American cultural setting. (hiking distance 6 miles 200ft elevation gain).

On the return to Arcata there will be an optional hike
along the California Coastal Trail at Clam beach (hiking distance 2 miles no elevation gain)

6PM Dinner
After dinner optional visit to downtown Arcata

 Sunday, June 11
8AM breakfast and preparation of lunch

9AM Drive 6 miles to the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. We visit the center and then
explore the Ma-Le’l dunes on trails rarely open to the public. (2-3 miles heavy walking through sand dunes, 100 ft elevation gain)
12Noon Drive 5 miles to Humboldt Bay Aquatic center where we kayak in the Eureka fishing
2PM A short walk on the California Coastal Trail into historic Eureka for a tour of the
renovated downtown and murals.
5PM return to University
6PM dinner
After dinner optional visit to downtown Arcata

Monday, June 12

8AM Breakfast and preparation of lunch
9AM Checkout
9:30AM Drive 15 miles to Trinidad State beach and hike along the beach loop trail
to Trinidad Head lighthouse. We return to the carpark after a visit to the Humboldt State
University Marine Lab. (hiking distance 3 miles 200ft elevation gain)
1PM tour ends.

What to Bring:

  • A waterproof windbreaker, warm layers of clothing, hiking boots, socks, soft shoes to wear indoors, hat and sleepwear.
  • A pair of shoes or sandals that can get wet for kayaking
  • Personal items such as soap, shampoo, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, sunscreen
  • Daypack, water bottle, sunglasses, flashlight, camera, binoculars.
  • Basic first aid for your daypack such as bandages, insect repellant, moleskin for blister protection and your own special medical needs

What’s Included:

  • Meals are included in the Humboldt Adventure. Dining is “all you care to eat” cafeteria style with a hot entrée line that includes vegetarian options and meat entrees, vegetables and side dishes. There is also a soup bar, salad bar, fruit and yogurt and fountain beverages.
* Meal Times – Please note that the first meal provided will be on Friday evening.


Simon & Anne Lowings:  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.

Volunteer support: Gary Morgret