Women, Wildflowers, and Whales 'Deluxe' Coastwalk

New! A deluxe, guided exploration of the Mendocino and Sonoma Coast

Experienced Trip Leaders! - Laura, Leslie, Cea, Suzanne and Margaret






Bodega Head

April 30-May 3

4 days/3 nights

All lodging, transportation to lodging and  Hikes; all meals included

Rating:  Easy/Moderate

*additional fee applies for private accommodations

The Women, Wildflowers and Whales ‘Deluxe’ Coastwalk

April 30 – May 3

Rating: Easy/Moderate Max Capacity: 15

4 days; 3 nights Hotel & Lighthouse Lodging
$1,450 per person*

*Upon request, private accommodations
arranged, subject to availability, for an additional fee.

New! A deluxe, guided exploration of the Mendocino and Sonoma Coast

Leave your tent and camping gear at home! Bring your friends on an all-inclusive Deluxe Coastwalk to explore iconic stretches of the California Coastal Trail in Mendocino and Sonoma County during whale migration and wildflower season. We will have exclusive use of the unique Point Arena Lighthouse for 1 night and then move to the beautiful Bodega Bay Inn for 2 nights with transportation provided to daily hikes along the Coastal Trail. Enjoy gourmet catered meals with a sommelier-hosted wine and food pairing each evening followed by chefs’ dinners with guest speakers drawn from the rich lore of women coastal advocates, historians, guides and naturalists in our area.

Trip Includes:

Hotel and Lighthouse lodging; all meals; transportation service from Santa Rosa Airport and return at end of trip; shuttle from lodging  to and from daily hikes; speakers and interpretive talks; wine receptions each evening.

Make Sure to Bring:

Water resistant or water-proof light weight jacket (damp weather is a likely event), sturdy boots.

Average Daily Hiking:

3-6 miles a day

Types of Hiking Surfaces

unmaintained trails and uneven ground

Elevation Gains & Losses


Fitness Requirements


The Women, Wildflowers and Whales ‘ Deluxe’ Coastwalk: April 30- May 3, 2018

A NEW Coastwalk Concept! A guided exploration of the Mendocino and Sonoma Coast. All meals, lodging, transportation to lodging and daily hikes, special wine and food receptions, guest speakers, private lighthouse tour and docent-led walks included


Day 1: Monday, April 30

1 PM – Pick up at Santa Rosa Airport. Shuttle to Mendocino

3 PM: Check-in to our rooms at the Point Arena Lighthouse.

4-5PM: Short Hike around Lighthouse and whale spotting!

6 PM: Wine Reception and Dinner

Evening Activity: After-Dinner Tour of the Lighthouse

Day 2: Tuesday, May 1

7-8:30 AM-Breakfast

9 AM – Docent-led hike along the Point Arena bluff and coastal prairie.

11 AM – Shuttle to Timber Cove Inn for lunch. Shuttle south to Bodega Bay Inn, stopping along the way for a brief hike through the newly-acquired Jenner headlands

3 PM- Arrive at Bodega Bay Inn, our lodging for the next 2 nights.

6 PM –  Walk to Dinner at Gourmet Au Bay featuring a selection of Coastal Wines

Day 3: Wednesday, May 2

7-8:30 AM-Breakfast

10 AM- Hike the Kortum Trail out and back from the Carlevaro/Grill Way parking area along Hwy 1, to Blind Beach.

12 NOON- Picnic Lunch at Mammoth Rocks with Archaeologist to talk about his well-researched theory that the rocks were the site of mammoth rubbing use during the Pleistocene era and that the Sonoma coast was a vast savannah, hosting a multitude of prehistoric mega-fauna. Followed by a talk with Botanist on coastal Wildflowers along the Trail.

3-4 PM Shuttle to Bodega Bay Inn

6 PM – Celebration of Local Women Coastal Preservationists at the Bodega Bay Yacht Club. Catered by La Bodega, we will enjoy, honor and hear from guest speakers including local historians, luminaries of the coastal trail preservation movement and leaders of the environmental movement.

Day 4: Thursday, May 3

8-9 AM-Breakfast

10 AM- Shuttle to UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab.  Docent-led hike from the Bodega Marine Lab Preserve out to Bodega Head

12 NOON – Farewell picnic lunch before transporting participants back to the airport.

Subject to change (some hikes and tours require special permits. This itinerary is not a recommendation for personal use)




Laura Morgan: Laura is a family doctor who psychically funded her medical practice with the natural glory of coastal Sonoma County by trail running there for the past 40 years. In 2015, between retiring from Kaiser and resuming practice at West County Health Centers, she wrote a natural history/field guide to the trails called “Three Jewels: a Field Guide to Three West Sonoma County Trail Systems”and donated it to a non-profit partner of California State Parks.  She leads hikes for Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods, is a member of Coastwalk, Sonoma County Conservation Action, Sonoma Land Trust, The Laguna Foundation, Landpaths, Surfrider,  Preserve Rural Sonoma County and Los Cien, a Sonoma County Latino advocacy group. She loves a good time with like-minded company and is honored to be serving as walk leader on this first-ever women’s hike for Coastwalk.

Cea Higgins: The Executive Director of Coastwalk, Cea is devoted to helping the underserved and underrepresented.  Throughout her career, Cea focused on coastal advocacy through her decades-long involvement with the Sonoma Coast Chapter of Surfrider Foundation where she was the Policy & Volunteer Coordinator for the chapter. To improve her ability to advocate for coastal preservation, she earned a Juris Doctorate with honors in 2016 focusing on ocean policy. Cea was selected by NOAA to serve on the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council as the Sonoma/Mendocino Coast Community-at-Large Primary representative.  She is a founding member of the Bodega Bay Collaborative, which sponsors town halls, community forums, and provides a voice to unincorporated coastal areas. Cea also helped establish the Sonoma County Marine Protected Areas Collaborative, where she works with scientific institutions, environmental NGOs, and tribal governments to raise awareness of the value of marine protected areas amongst coastal residents and visitors.  An avid surfer, hiker, and trained in marine mammal and sea bird rescue, Cea believes in giving back to the ocean that she cherishes and attributes her success in advocacy to her skills in diplomacy and willingness to actively listen to the concerns of all involved parties.

Leslie Dahlhoff: “I suppose I’ve always been an environmentalist with a wholehearted love for the natural world.  With an education in Environmental Sciences, I was drawn to participate and make a difference when my husband and I arrived in Point Arena 29 years ago.  We helped write Point Arena’s first General Plan and worked with a local environmental group, Friends of the Garcia, to defend our river from excessive logging and gravel mining.  Soon I was on the City’s Planning Commission and then served as Mayor for 10 years.  I was praised as “Governor Davis’s only appointment of a real environmentalist” for my short 1 year term on the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  After retiring as Mayor in 2009 I joined a local coastal access group, the Moat Creek Managing Agency, and continued to work with the Bureau of Land Management to acquire the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands and manage the California Coastal National Monument at the Point Arena Gateway.  This lead to a successful campaign to have our newly acquired public lands become the first on-shore unit of the CCNM.  And, I got to meet President Barack Obama in the Oval Office when he signed the presidential proclamation! Now I am helping to grow our new support group, Friends of Point Arena-Stornetta Lands, to be an advocate for the lands and to lend a helping hand for protection, interpretation and access.

Suzanne Olyarnik serves as the Director of the Bodega Marine Reserve, one of 39 Reserves in the University of California Natural Reserve System and home of the Bodega Marine Laboratory. She is extremely grateful to have a job that allows her to apply her interdisciplinary background, share science with others, and watch whales pass by her office window. Suzanne earned a PhD in population biology from the University of California Davis after spending several years mucking around in the seagrass meadows of Bodega Bay. She has over eighteen years of experience in the field of ecology across marine, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial systems, most of which were spent in the coastal habitats of California.  Before her career in ecology, Suzanne spent eight years working in marketing for the National Wildlife Federation, Mother Jones Magazine, and the advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather.

Margaret Lindgren: Owner & Guide of Unbeaten Path Tours, Margaret Lindgren, began her career by graduating with degrees in Business Administration & German Language from the University of Maine, Orono and the University of Salzburg, Austria, and set out in the field of biotech and high-tech industries. Ever the student, she would earn and additional education in Architecture & Design in San Diego, CA, to pursue her passion of “thinking outside the box”. After working several years in the industry in La Jolla, CA, Margaret began her own company, Majec Interior Architecture. In 2007, after visiting northern California throughout the late 1990‘s, Margaret and her husband made the bold move to The Sea Ranch, CA, where she worked on the architectural review board and department within the unique home owner’s community. But her true passion and love lie in the design and architecture of Nature. Leaving her work in 2012 to pursue her greatest passion, Margaret set out to create a unique series of tours and blaze her own trail.  Working her tours and retreat work full time, Margaret also volunteers as citizen scientist for the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary conducting surveys along the Point Arena Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument System as well as along Manchester and Black Point Beaches within Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.





What to bring on the Women, Wildflowers and Whales ‘Deluxe’ Coastwalk




Jacket, wind and water resistant

Long pants

Hiking shorts

Hiking boots

Walking shoes


Long Sleeve shirt



Tee shirt


Bandanna, handkerchief

Sleep wear

Poncho or rain gear



Provided at Lodging

Otherwise, Soap or body wash, Bio based/biodegradable

Tooth brush


Dental floss

Daily Medications and vitamins

Shampoo, bio based/biodegradable


Insect repellent

Comb or brush

Towel and wash cloth

Personal first-aid items


NO Camping gear necessary

However, the following will make your stay and hikes more enjoyable and rewarding:

Flashlight or head lamp

Folding chair/ camp chair

Day pack

Canteen, hydration pack or 2 water bottles, 1 liter minimum

Personal Snacks 

Nice to have



Tupperware container, for left overs