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
The Mendocino ‘Shady Dell Deluxe’ Coastwalk: June 23-28, 2018
This is a unique Coastwalk you will be staying three nights in a motel and two nights in Jug Handle Farms old Tregoning Farm House. You will see Redwood trees formed into candelabras, Pine Forest, Fir Forest, one Pigmy Forest and 8 Beaches. All meals will be provided except one dinner, on your own.
Day 1: Saturday, June 23
3 PM -Check-in to the Beachcomber Motel, just North of Fort Bragg, CA. We will check into our rooms for three nights and introduce everyone. Around 4 pm we will head to Pudding Creek Beach, take in the Ocean environment and have a Beach Party.
6 PM- Dinner on the Captain’s Deck, followed by Orientation and Coastal Safety discussion.
Day 2: Sunday, June 24
8:30 AM- Shuttle to Usal Beach.
10 AM- Hike to the Candelabra Trees on the Peter Douglas section of the California Coastal Trail (CCT.). We’ll walk about 4 miles on the trail and dirt road, 1060 feet elevation gain.
2 PM – 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.
Evening Open- Dinner. We will give you some suggestions of nice restaurants in Fort Bragg and have shuttles available to take you there.
Day 3: Monday, June 25
6AM – optional sunrise Natural History Walk, Pudding Creek area.
7:30-8:30AM – Breakfast
8:30-9 AM – Shuttle to Bruhel Point, Newport section of the CCT, Sunset Beach then 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. We’ll walk about 7 miles on bluff top trails, boardwalk and hard pack roadway.
6 PM: DINNER with shuttles available to your choice of Fort Bragg restaurants.
Day 4: Tuesday, June 26
7-8 AM. Breakfast. After breakfast we’ll Check-out of the Beachcomber Motel, then walk south on the CCT. to Glass Beach, Noyo River, Pomo Bluffs, Hare Creek, Babcock Beach and end our day of hiking with a walk to the Ocean, through the Beautiful Coast Botanical Gardens. A total of about 6 miles on paved walkways, dirt paths and sand.
3-4 pm – Shuttle drivers back to retrieve vehicles; Check-in to Jug Handle Farms and Nature Center (http://www.jughandlecreekfarm.org) our base for the next three days.
EVENING OPEN – Dinner on own.
Day 5: Wednesday, June 27
7:30-8:30 AM- Breakfast. Follow the Ecological Staircase from Jug Handle Beach to the Pygmy Forest passing through forests of Alder, Grand Fir, Coastal Redwood, Bishop Pine, and many more. Today’s walk is about 6 miles round trip on forest trail, dirt path and sand, on the Beach.
6 PM -Dinner 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
7:30-8:30 AM – Breakfast.
9 AM- On the Coastal Trail again, headed to Russian Gulch State Park; 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 six miles, some County Road shoulder, trail and sand, on the Beach. From Russian Gulch we will shuttle you back to your vehicles or onto Public Transport.
1 PM – Trip finishes. We say our ‘Bye byes’ until next time on the Trail!
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.