Great food – Scenic Hikes – Kayaking !
Private tour of Fort Ross & UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory
6 days/5 nights
Even Better for 2018!
MODERATE: hikes of 5 to 9 miles per day
June 2 – 7, 2018
6 days; 5 nights
In Sonoma County we love the good life so prepare for spectacular hikes and gourmet dinners. Starting at Salt Point State Park we have chosen the best hikes along the Sonoma coast. Moving south we hike through the orchard into the original Russian settlement of Fort Ross. Camping at a secluded site by the banks of the Russian River we cross the river in kayaks before walking past the prehistoric mammoth rubbing rocks and along the Kortum Trail. You will marvel at the awe inspiring hike from Duncan’s Mills over ‘Islands in the Sky’ and Pomo Canyon to Shell Beach. The last day includes a long beach walk to Bodega Head stopping at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab for a private tour.
Max Capacity: 25
Camping; shuttle transportation while on walk; all meals, including light breakfast, hot water/coffee, trail lunches, hot dinners; guided hiking and an optional kayaking trip.
Sonoma Classic 2018
Coffee and hot water for tea will be available every morning about 7am. We will have breakfast
about 8am and start hiking about 9.30 am. Hiking will be with daypacks only.
Every day appetizers will be available about 5.30pm, dinner at 6pm and a guest speaker and discussion about the following days hike between 7-8pm.
SAT 2 JUNE
Meet anytime after 1pm at the Salt Point Group campsite at Salt Point State Park. Salt Point is 20 miles north of Jenner on Hwy 1. We will be camping two nights here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/453/files/SaltPointFinalWebLayout121714.pdf
There is not a led hike today. We suggest you drive to the Kruse Rhododendron Preserve for a nice 2 mile stroll. We will have a group meeting at 4.30pm.
SUN 3 JUNE
Campsite, Salt Point SP group site.
We will shuttle hikers to the start of the hike at Horseshoe cove.We walk to Gerstle Cove a distance of 7 miles over fairly level terrain. Hikers can walk or be shuttled back from the visitor center to the campsite an extra half mile. The hike will be led by a State Park staff interpretive specialist.
MON 4 JUNE
Campsite, Casini Ranch group site
This morning we pack our tents into our own cars and drive 8 miles south to Fort Ross State
Historic Park arriving at 10 am . We will hike to the original orchard planted by the Russian
settlers in the early 1800’s, through the meadow to the coast and back to the Fort. The hike is 5
miles round trip with 500 ft elevation gain and led by a Coastwalk volunteer.http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/449/files/FortRossFinalWebLayout121714.pdf
After visiting the Fort buildings we drive up the scenic Meyers Grade Rd to the Fort Ross Winery
for an optional wine tasting then head south to Duncan’s Mills a distance of 14 miles. We camp
here at the Casini Ranch Family campground for 3 nights with a site adjacent to the Russian
TUE 5 JUNE
Campsite, Casini Ranch
Today is our hardest hike – a distance of 9 miles with 1400 ft elevation gain. We hike from
Freezeout flat trailhead over Islands in the Sky and Pomo canyon to Shell beach. For hikers
wanting a shorter hike a shuttle van will be available half way along the trail. This is a beautiful
hike with creeks, redwoods and lovely ocean views. A park ranger will lead the hike.
At Shell Beach hikers will be shuttled back to the campsite
WED 6 JUNE
Campsite, Casini Ranch
Hikers will be shuttled to Jenner where kayaks will be waiting for us to paddle across the
Russian river. Anyone not wishing to paddle will be taken to the trailhead. We will hike from
Goat Rock beach to Duncan’s landing along the Kortum trail a distance of 6 miles of mainly flat
terrain. En route we will visit the mammoth rubbing rock. The hike will be led by a Coastwalk
At Duncan’s landing we will be shuttled back to the campsite
THURS 7 JUNE
Today we will break camp, load our gear into our own cars and drive to Sonoma Coast State
Park Bodega Dunes picnic area a distance of 13 miles. We will hike along Salmon Creek Beach
and dunes to the University of California Davis Marine Lab a distance of 2 miles. We have
arranged for a private tour of the Marine Lab and then continue 2 miles to Bodega Head for our
farewell. A coast walk volunteer will lead the hike.
Shuttles will take hikers back to their cars at approximately 3 pm.
Trip leaders 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. They will be supported by volunteer Gary Morgret, a keen photographer and bird watcher. Gary has had his photos displayed in many galleries in California. Our team is complemented by Robert Harkavy, a member of the Sonoma Wednesday Walkers group, and a Coastwalker who is very familiar with the Sonoma coast. He also volunteers at the Coastwalk office.