6 days/5 nights
Hotel and Farmhouse Lodging
* Upon request, private accommodations arranged, subject to availability, for an additional fee.
The Mendocino ‘Shady Dell Deluxe’ Coastwalk
June 23 – 28, 6 days 5 nights
Rating: Moderate Max Capacity: 15
This is a unique Coastwalk. Enjoy one of the most beautiful sections of the California Coastal Trail on the Peter Douglas Trail. From your cozy hotel base in Fort Bragg you will be shuttled to hike among the iconic sights of the Mendocino County coast with no camping or cooking involved! Enjoy a ‘Welcome Night’ Coastwalk beach party followed by a catered dinner on the ‘Captain’s Deck’. We then spend 2 nights with exclusive use of the Jug Handle Farms and Nature Center. Walk about six miles
a day seeing unique Candelabra Redwood trees, Sitka Spruce, giantFir trees and a Pygmy Forest. Sink your toes into the soft sand of eight beaches as we follow the CCT from Usal to Glass Beach to Frolic Cove.
All accommodations and meals will be provided except one dinner, on your own.
Shady Dell Deluxe Coastwalk
June 23 – 28, 2018
6 days/5 nights (Private Lodging – All accommodations and meal
will be provided except one evening dinner.)
$1,350 per person* * Upon request, private accommodations
arranged, subject to availability, for an additional fee.
New! A catered, deluxe experience in Mendocino
Enjoy one of the most beautiful
sections of the California Coastal
Trail on the Peter Douglas Trail.
From your cozy hotel base in Fort
Bragg you will be shuttled to hike
among the iconic sights of the
Mendocino County coast with
no camping or cooking involved!
Enjoy a ‘Welcome Night’ Coastwalk
beach party followed by a catered
dinner on the ‘Captain’s Deck’. We then spend 2 nights with exclusive
use of the Jug Handle Farms and Nature Center. Walk about six miles
a day seeing unique Candelabra Redwood trees, Sitka Spruce, giant
Fir trees and a Pigmy Forest. Sink your toes into the soft sand of eight
beaches as we follow the CCT from Usal to Glass Beach to Frolic Cove.
Rating: Moderate Max Capacity: 15
Shady Dell Deluxe Coastwalk , June 23-28, 2018, Itinerary
This is a unique Coastwalk. You will be staying three nights in a motel and two nights in Jug Handle Farms old historic Tregoning Farm House. You will see Redwood trees formed into candelabras, Pine Forest, Fir Forest, one Pigmy Forest and eight Beaches. All meals will be provided except one dinner, on your own.
Day 1: Saturday, June 23, 3 PM: arrive at the Beachcomber Motel, just North of Fort Bragg, CA. We will check into our rooms for three nights and introduce everyone. Around four we will head to Pudding Creek Beach, take in the Ocean environment, and talk about Coastal Safety . Dinner reservations at 6 PM. tonight at Silver’s on the Fort Bragg Wharf,
Day 2: Sunday, June 24. Breakfast at Highway I Cafe 7:30-8:30 AM, shuttle available. 9 AM Shuttle to the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. 10AM, Hike to the Candelabra Trees on the Peter Douglas section of the California Coastal Trail (CCT.) downhill to Usal Beach. We’ll walk about 4 miles on the trail and dirt road, 1060 feet elevation loss and over 400 steps. About 2 PM we’ll shuttle to Westport and Pacific Star Winery, stopping along the way for views of the Coast. We should return to the Beachcomber Motel around 5:30 PM. Dinner is at 6PM, Karina’s Catering, grilled Local Fish.
Day 3: Monday, June 25. 6AM, optional sunrise Natural History Walk, Pudding Creek area. Breakfast 7:30-8:30AM. Catered on the Captain’s Deck, of our Motel. After Breakfast we’ll shuttle north to Bruhel Point, Newport section of the CCT, Sunset Beach, Ten- Mile River, then shuttle to Ward Avenue, where we’ll walk south on the CCT back to our Motel, stopping along the way at Lake Cleone and Laguna Point. Terra Fuller, State Parks Ecologist will join us and talk about their effort to try to save endangered Plovers and their restoration work in the sand dunes. We’ll walk about 7 miles on bluff top trails, boardwalk and hard pack roadway. Dinner around 6 PM, at North Coast Brewing Taproom & Restaurant, there will be shuttles available to take you there.
Day 4; Tuesday, June 26. Breakfast 7-8 AM. Shuttle available to Home Style Cafe. After breakfast we’ll Check-out of the Beachcomber Motel, and move our vehicles to the end of the days walk. We’ll then walk south on the CCT. to Glass Beach, Noyo River, lunch at Crows Nest Bar and Grill, Pomo Bluffs, Hare Creek, Babcock Beach and ending our day of hiking with a walk to the Ocean, through the Beautiful Coast Botanical Gardens. We’ll go a total of about 6 miles on paved walkways, dirt paths and sand. After the Gardens we’ll caravan into Jug Handle Farms and Nature Center, our base for the next two nights. Dinner tonight is on your own. Here is a link to local restaurant, (https//www.mendocino.com/restaurants.htmls) in Mendocino and Fort Bragg, if you want to make advance reservation.
Day 5: Wednesday, June 27. Breakfast 7:30-8:30 AM. David’s Deli, Fort Bragg. We will only spend a brief period on the CCT today. We want to show you the Pygmy Forest . We’ll follow the Ecological Staircase from Jug Handle Beach to the Pygmy Forest then back, passing through forests of Alder, Grand Fir, Coastal Redwood, Bishop Pine, and many more. Today’s walk is about six mile round trip on forest trail, dirt path and sand, on the Beach. Dinner tonight is at 6PM, catered by Coastwalk Cooks. Followed by an Evening Program, Building the CCT Coastwalk’s bright new future by Cea Higgins, Coastwalk California’s new Executive Director.
Day 6: Thursday, June 28. Breakfast 7:30-8:30 AM. After checking out of our rooms we are back on the CCT, headed south; we’ll walk through Caspar, across Caspar Creek and Beach, onto the Upland Trail to Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. We will walk a total of about five miles, some County Road shoulder, trail and sand, on the Beach. From Pt. Cabrillo we will shuttle you back to your vehicles or onto Public Transport. Trip finishes around 2 PM.
Auto Biography of 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 the 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 areas 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 led 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, as a Day Hike Leader and now on 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.