Southern San Luis Obispo 2020

Southern San Luis Obispo

Southern San Luis Obispo

Southern San Luis Obispo

Southern San Luis Obispo

Southern San Luis Obispo

August 10-14, 2020

5 days/4 nights

Rating: Moderate to Strenuous

Max Capacity: 20

$600 Non-Member Price

$575 Coastwalk Member Price

Enjoy a new Coastwalk!  Explore the coast and bluffs of Southern San Luis Obispo.

 Walk on the trails, bluffs and coast from Diablo Canyon to Point Sal. Hike Rattlesnake Canyon Trail through beautiful and fascinating Diablo Canyon PG&E power plant land. Discover the newly opened Pismo Nature Reserve. Follow Oso Flaco Lake to a small creek through the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes to the sea. Climb the dunes, dropping down to the hidden 4-mile-long Paradise Beach. We will be camping all 4 nights at North Pismo State Beach close to the beach and dunes but protected from the wind. All meals provided including gourmet dinners and home-made treats at the end of each day made by our fabulous Coastwalk volunteer chefs.

 

 

Walk on the trails, bluffs and coast from Diablo Canyon to Point Sal. Hike Rattlesnake Canyon Trail through beautiful and fascinating Diablo Canyon PG&E power plant land. Discover the newly opened Pismo Nature Reserve. Follow Oso Flaco Lake to a small creek through the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes to the sea. Climb the dunes, dropping down to the hidden 4 mile long Paradise Beach. Hike along the wet sand of the Nipomo Dunes through California’s only beach accessible to vehicles Enjoy gourmet dinners and home-made treats by our fabulous volunteer chefs at the end of each day. Welcome to an extraordinary adventure as we hike beaches, hills and trails along the beautiful Central Coast. You can expect a daily 5 to 7 hour walk of 5 to 11 miles, including stops for lunch and to enjoy the sites and views. Hikes will usually start at 9:00 am. The trails can be moderately difficult with some elevation climbs, but most are fairly level. Some trails are well defined and maintained; however the many beach walks can be sandy. The Paradise Beach hike includes some slogging through high sand dunes, but the miles of secluded beached will make the walk worthwhile!. All of the trails will provide the excitement of an infrequently traveled area. Evening programs will highlight some aspects of the local ecology or history.

Food: Coffee (and decaf), juice, and milk will be available each morning, as well as a variety of breakfast and lunch foods. Soft drinks will be available each day to refresh you contingent on donations to the food kitty.

Dinners are provided each evening.

You will only need to carry lunch items, water and layers while hiking.

Monday August 10: Set up our permanent camp at North Pismo State Beach, then hike the trails of the Pismo Preserve.

Tuesday August 11th: Rattlesnake Canyon Trail and the San Luis Lighthouse, Port San Luis and Avila Beach.

Wednesday August 12th: Head south along the beach to the Santa Maria River Trail to Oso Flaco Lake and Nature Center

Thursday August 13th: A strenuous hike from Browns Road on the trail to Point Sal where we’ll cut down the high dunes into the rarely seen Paradise Beach, then up and back down to Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Center.

Friday August 14th: Pismo Beach, Dinosaur Park, Sunset Beach, then say our goodbyes and hit the road.

  • Hiking shoes, boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Waterproof sandals
  • Spare walking shoes & laces
  • Comfy camp shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Water-proof windbreaker/ or parka for cold nights
  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt (protection against sunburn, poison oak, and bugs)
  • Layers for upper body
  • Hat for sun protection that ties under chin
  • Beanie for cold, windy conditions
  • Other clothing – underwear, T-shirts, lots of socks, etc.
  • Bandana
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen (minimum 30 spf)
  • Natural bug repellant
  • Personal first aid kit (band aids, blister pads)
  • Personal medicines
  • Day pack
  • Plate, cup, bowl, and eating utensils
  • Sturdy Tupperware for leftovers
  • Flashlight & headlamp with new batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • Folding camp chair
  • Tent & Ground Cloth
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • REUSABLE Water Bottle
  • Trail snacks (power bars or jerky)
  • Credit Card & cash for camp showers and treats
  • Solar shower if there is no shower at campsite
  • Shower towel

What’s Included: 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Breakfast:   

  • Coffee: (Regular in percolator with caffeine free available upon request), Teas, Cocoa, Juice, Milk (1/2 & 1/2, 2% Milk, Soy & Almond Milks)
  • Sweeteners- (sugar, honey)
  • Yogurt
  • Biscotti
  • Hot Cereals (Instant Oatmeal, and prepare it yourself steel cut oats available)
  • Granola
  • Walnuts or assorted nuts
  • Fruit (fresh)- (Blueberries, Bananas, Apples, Oranges / Cuties)
  • Fruit (dried)- Raisins & Craisins

  Lunch:   

  • Breads- (Multi Grail & Gluten Free)
  • Almond Butter
  • Fruit spreads
  • Cold Cuts
  • Cheeses (sliced)
  • Condiments, (Mustard, Mayonnaise)
  • Butter, (Regular and dairy free)

Dinner:

Dinners are included unless otherwise noted and will be provided by Coastwalk’s Volunteer Food Angels. 

Our Chuckwagon Wrangler will do their best to accommodate you but if you have special dietary needs please bring your food in a small cooler and we will be sure to provide you with ice throughout the trip.

2020 will be the 10th year that Mike Minky leads SLO Walk, the first in South County. A retired CPA, Mike owns several record companies specializing in a wide range of classics from Cambodian psychedelic surf bands to Calypso to ‘60’s East L.A. garage bands. Mike’s first Coastwalk was joining the 2003 Border to Border walkers for 3 weeks on the San Simeon to Carpentaria leg. As land acquisitions have opened up new trails on the Central Coast, Mike has been bushwhacking and marking for the future route of the California Coastal Trail

 

 

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Guadalupe-Nipomo_Dunes/about.html

https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/oso-flaco-lake-trail-oceano-dunes/

https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/in-your-community/local-environment/diablo-canyon-trails/pecho-coast-trail.page

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=595

Pismo Preserve

 

Del Norte Discovery 2020

Del Norte Discovery

Del Norte Discovery

Del Norte Discovery

Del Norte Discovery

Del Norte Discovery

Del Norte Discovery

July 20-26, 2020

7 days/6 nights

Rating: Easy, Moderate, Strenuous

Max Capacity: 20

$795 Non-Member Price

$775 Coastwalk Member Price

Ever Popular, fills fast!  

Join us and discover the remote Northern California coastline where the redwoods meet the sea.  Long and short hikes options available each day take you to isolated beaches, ancient vegetated dunes, rocky bluffs, marine terraces and virgin redwood forests. Spend time with local naturalists, historians and advocates for the coast who guide you on daily hikes from the beach at the California/Oregon border to the Klamath River and beyond to one of California’s most scenic spots … Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park. All meals provided

 

 

We will be camping 3 nights at the Ramblin Redwoods RV & Campground in Crescent City and 3 nights at Kamp Klamath. We will be shuttled each morning to our starting points or “trail heads” on the California Coastal Trail (CCT), and later picked up for our return to our campsites each afternoon. Clean bathrooms and showers are available at both campgrounds.

We will have a Chuck Wagon for our walk and will provide Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. You are welcome to bring any specialty food items you like. Breakfast includes coffee, tea, juice, milk, soy and almond milk, fresh fruit, granola, instant hot cereal, yogurt, biscotti (or similar sweet).

Lunch includes bread, peanut butter and jelly, honey, deli meats & cheese and any leftovers from last night’s dinner. NOTE: bring a container for leftovers, they make great lunches! Happy Hour each evening include appetizers, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available. Dinner each night will include an entrée, vegetable/salad side dish, and dessert. Vegetarian meals will be available. Please let us know of any special dietary requests.

You have choices in arriving at Ramblin Redwoods RV & Campground located at 6701 Highway 101 North, Crescent City CA. You can meet us there in your vehicle (carpool with your friends) or carpool with the Coastwalk Volunteers. We have drivers leaving from Chico and Santa Rosa. Please contact me if you would like to carpool with us.

Average Daily Hiking:
3 to 9 miles.

Types of Hiking Surfaces:
Coastal bluffs, sandy beaches, steep coastal mountains, dirt trail, old road with some pavement.

Elevation Gain/Loss:
Climb and descend 1530 feet with many switchbacks on Last Chance Trail in Redwood National Park.

Fitness Requirements:
Hikers should be in good physical condition.

Day 1: Monday July 20, 2020 –Meet at 1:30 PM at Ramblin Redwoods Campground, located at 6701 Highway 101 North, Crescent City CA.– Welcome and Introductions. All walkers will be given itinerary and name tags. Set up camp. Shuttle to Brookings Welcome Center. Walk on Pelican State beach to mouth of Smith River – 2 mi. – Easy. Continue walking on Pelican State Beach to Smith River County Park, 5.75 mi. – Moderate.

Day 2: Tuesday July 21 – Tolowa Dunes State Park, meet with Tolowa Nation representative. Walk the Dunes, 3mi. – Easy. Continue walking on the beach to Pt. St. George 9.4 mi. – Moderate.

Day 3: Wednesday July 22 – Battery Point to Enderts Beach Trailhead to Damnation Trailhead. Tour Battery Point Lighthouse. Walk from Battery Point Lighthouse following the CCT into town, 1.5 mi. – Easy.  Walk from Enderts Beach to Damnation trailhead, 6.75 mi. – Strenuous.

Day 4: Thursday July 23– Meet at Lagoon Creek Picnic Area meet with Redwood National State Park (RNSP) Biologist. Walk the top Section of Last Chance Trail, 2 mi. – Easy. Walk Damnation Trailhead to Lagoon Creek Picnic Area on the De Martin trail, 8.5 – Strenuous.

Day 5: Friday July 24 – Shuttle to Yurok County Visitor Center then to trailhead at Lagoon Creek. Walk the Yurok Loop, 1.5 mi. – Easy. Lagoon Creek to Klamath River, 5.5 miles – Moderate to Strenuous.

Day 6: Saturday July 25 – Meet with RNSP ranger and a Yurok Tribal member.  Walk to Klamath Beach, 2 mi. – Easy. Walk the Flint Ridge Trail, 4.5 mi. – Moderate.

Day 7: Sunday July 26 – Break camp pack up and drive to Gold Bluffs Beach Campground to Fern Canyon trailhead in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (approx. 25 miles). Walk the Fern Canyon Loop, 1 mi. – Moderate. Walk the Fern Canyon Trail, 5 to-7 mi. – Moderate.

Coastwalk staff and volunteers would like to thank you for your support of the Coastwalk organization and our ongoing efforts to preserve and steward these magnificent coastal places along the California Coastal Trail. We look forward to sharing our favorite places with you through our daily hiking adventures. You are going to have a great time!

See you on the California Coastal Trail!

  • Hiking shoes, boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Waterproof sandals
  • Spare walking shoes & laces
  • Comfy camp shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Water-proof windbreaker/ or parka for cold nights
  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt (protection against sunburn, poison oak, and bugs)
  • Layers for upper body
  • Hat for sun protection that ties under chin
  • Beanie for cold, windy conditions
  • Other clothing – underwear, T-shirts, lots of socks, etc.
  • Bandana
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen (minimum 30 spf)
  • Natural bug repellant
  • Personal first aid kit (band aids, blister pads)
  • Personal medicines
  • Day pack
  • Plate, cup, bowl, and eating utensils
  • Sturdy Tupperware for leftovers
  • Flashlight & headlamp with new batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • Folding camp chair
  • Tent & Ground Cloth
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • REUSABLE Water Bottle
  • Trail snacks (power bars or jerky)
  • Credit Card & cash for camp showers and treats
  • Solar shower if there is no shower at campsite
  • Shower towel

What’s Included: 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Breakfast:   

  • Coffee: (Regular in percolator with caffeine free available upon request), Teas, Cocoa, Juice, Milk (1/2 & 1/2, 2% Milk, Soy & Almond Milks)
  • Sweeteners- (sugar, honey)
  • Yogurt
  • Biscotti
  • Hot Cereals (Instant Oatmeal, and prepare it yourself steel cut oats available)
  • Granola
  • Walnuts or assorted nuts
  • Fruit (fresh)- (Blueberries, Bananas, Apples, Oranges / Cuties)
  • Fruit (dried)- Raisins & Craisins

  Lunch:   

  • Breads- (Multi Grail & Gluten Free)
  • Almond Butter
  • Fruit spreads
  • Cold Cuts
  • Cheeses (sliced)
  • Condiments, (Mustard, Mayonnaise)
  • Butter, (Regular and dairy free)

Dinner:

  • Dinners are included unless otherwise noted and will be provided by Coastwalk’s Volunteer Food Angels. 

 

Our Chuckwagon Wrangler will do their best to accommodate you but if you have special dietary needs please bring your food in a small cooler and we will be sure to provide you with ice throughout the trip.

Gail Williams: Gail is a retired Air Quality Planner from Butte County who loves the coast and hiking and naturally found Coastwalk as a good fit.  Gail was walk leader on the 2019 Del Norte Coastwalk and she is looking forward to participating again this year. Gail has been on many Coastwalks over the years and volunteered on many as well. It is Gail’s vision to walk the entire California Coastal Trail one step at a time.

 

 

Donna Barnett: Donna is a resident of Forest Ranch. For the past 30 years she helped create cultural videos while trekking with her husband who was a Trek leader in Nepal. This love of walking through the world has shifted to the California Coast where she helped with the “short walks” on the 2019 Del Norte Coastwalk.  “Coastwalk has allowed me an opportunity to slow down and participate with our beautiful California Coast.”

 

 

Linda Schwaberow: Linda was born and raised in Santa Rosa California. Linda loves to be outdoors and has been hiking since her early 20’s. Linda has walked much of the California Coastal Trail and all of the mountain passes between Tahoe and Yosemite.  Linda is excited to be co-leading the Del Norte hike for a second time.

Santa Barbara Riviera 2020

Santa Barbara Riviera Coastwalk

Santa Barbara Riviera

Santa Barbara Riviera

Santa Barbara Riviera

Santa Barbara Riviera

Santa Barbara Riviera

6 days/5 nights

Rating: Moderate

Max Capacity: 20

$775 Non-Member Price

$750 Coastwalk Member Price

From the wild and remote westernmost California beaches to the warm gentle coast of the wealthy Riviera enclave, walk the Santa Barbara coast not visible from Highway 1. Camp on the beaches of Refugio State Park. Walk on the seldom seen pocket beaches and visit nature reserves.  Discover the awesome Point Conception on a newly opened Coastal Trail. Hike Gaviota State Park’s Wind Cave Trail and bathe in the hot springs… and much more. All meals provided.

 

 

Welcome to an extraordinary adventure as we hike beaches, hills and trails along the beautiful Central Coast on the Santa Barbara Classic Coastwalk for some extraordinary adventures! You can expect a daily 5 to 7 hour walk of 5 to 11 miles, including stops for lunch and to enjoy the sites and views. Hikes will usually start at 9:00 am. The trails can be moderately difficult with some elevation climbs, but most are fairly level. Some trails are well defined and maintained; however the many beachwalks can be rocky and involve some wet feet. All of the trails will provide the excitement of an infrequently traveled area. Evening programs will highlight some aspects of the local ecology or history.

We may experience some gusty winds; be prepared to deep stake down your tent. The beaches have tar; we will provide oil for foot and shoe cleaning. The walks have been scheduled during seasonally comparatively low tides, but be prepared for wet feet and rocky points that may necessitate some ocean walking. Sandals such as Keen are the best footwear for the coastwalks; hiking shoes for the bluff and hill hikes. A walking stick or pole is highly recommended for the rock hopping. Many of our hikes will be led by members of the Santa Barbara County Trail Council.

Food: Coffee (and decaf), juice, and milk will be available each morning, as well as a variety of breakfast and lunch foods. Soft drinks will be available each day to refresh you contingent on donations to the food kitty.

Dinners are provided each evening.

You will only need to carry lunch items, water and layers while hiking.

Wednesday July 8th: Set up our permanent camp at Refugio State Beach then hike the trails of the Arroyo Hondo Preserve.

Thursday July 9th: Transport for a day trip to Jalama State Beach, the Dangermond Preserve and Point Conception.

Friday July 10th: Hike Gaviota State Park’s Wind Cave Trail and bathe in the hidden hot springs!

Saturday July 11th: Beach and bluff walk from Dos Pueblos to Elwood Shores

Sunday July 12th: Continue our beach and bluff walk to Santa Barbara Marina

Monday July 13th: A morning walk to El Capitan State Beach; break camp and hit the road!

  • Hiking shoes, boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Waterproof sandals
  • Spare walking shoes & laces
  • Comfy camp shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Water-proof windbreaker/ or parka for cold nights
  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt (protection against sunburn, poison oak, and bugs)
  • Layers for upper body
  • Hat for sun protection that ties under chin
  • Beanie for cold, windy conditions
  • Other clothing – underwear, T-shirts, lots of socks, etc.
  • Bandana
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen (minimum 30 spf)
  • Natural bug repellant
  • Personal first aid kit (band aids, blister pads)
  • Personal medicines
  • Day pack
  • Plate, cup, bowl, and eating utensils
  • Sturdy Tupperware for leftovers
  • Flashlight & headlamp with new batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • Folding camp chair
  • Tent & Ground Cloth
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • REUSABLE Water Bottle
  • Trail snacks (power bars or jerky)
  • Credit Card & cash for camp showers and treats
  • Solar shower if there is no shower at campsite
  • Shower towel

What’s Included: 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Breakfast:   

  • Coffee: (Regular in percolator with caffeine free available upon request), Teas, Cocoa, Juice, Milk (1/2 & 1/2, 2% Milk, Soy & Almond Milks)
  • Sweeteners- (sugar, honey)
  • Yogurt
  • Biscotti
  • Hot Cereals (Instant Oatmeal, and prepare it yourself steel cut oats available)
  • Granola
  • Walnuts or assorted nuts
  • Fruit (fresh)- (Blueberries, Bananas, Apples, Oranges / Cuties)
  • Fruit (dried)- Raisins & Craisins

  Lunch:   

  • Breads- (Multi Grail & Gluten Free)
  • Almond Butter
  • Fruit spreads
  • Cold Cuts
  • Cheeses (sliced)
  • Condiments, (Mustard, Mayonnaise)
  • Butter, (Regular and dairy free)

Dinner: 

  • Dinners are included unless otherwise noted and will be provided by Coastwalk’s Volunteer Food Angels. 

Our Chuckwagon Wrangler will do their best to accommodate you but if you have special dietary needs please bring your food in a small cooler and we will be sure to provide you with ice throughout the trip.

2019 will be the 2nd year that Mike Minky leads the Santa Barbara Coastwalk. A retired CPA, Mike owns several record companies specializing in a wide range of classics from Cambodian psychedelic surf bands to Calypso to ‘60’s East L.A. garage bands. Mike’s first Coastwalk was joining the 2003 Border to Border walkers for 3 weeks on the San Simeon to Carpentaria leg. As land acquisitions have opened up new trails on the Central Coast, Mike has been bushwhacking and marking for the future route of the California Coastal Trail.

 

 

Humboldt Adventure 2020

HUMBOLDT ADVENTURE

Humboldt Adventure

Humboldt Adventure

Humboldt Adventure

Humboldt Adventure

June 21-24, 2020

4 Days/3 Nights

Rating: Moderate

Max Capacity: 20

$675 Non-Member Price

$650 Coastwalk Member Price

All Registrants must be 18 years of age or older

Hiking the Coastal Trail without camping-Private rooms at Humboldt State University 

 Bring back your inner student- eating and sleeping on the Humboldt University CampusBeautiful and informative daily walks led by local docents. Hike Arcata Marsh while birdwatching with an interpretive specialist.  Walk the spectacular coastal trails around Patrick’s Point and spend time at Sumeg village built by the Yurok Tribe. A “Friends of the Dunes” docent will lead us through a section of the Humboldt dunes on trails usually off-limits to the public followed by a kayak expedition around the fishing boats in Eureka harbor. Take a historical walk through Eureka’s old town and walk along the beach to the historic lighthouse at Trinidad Head. Trip also includes a tour of the Humboldt State Marine Laboratory. All meals provided.

 

 

Lodging for the Humboldt Adventure will be on the 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 pooling as far as possible is recommended. Please bring
State park passes if you have one.
The University is a 2 mile drive from Arcata which is well worth a visit in the evening

Sunday, June 21

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

Monday, June 22

8AM Breakfast and preparation of lunch
9AM Drive 20 miles to Patricks Point State Park for a docent led loop hike along the coastal
trail . We spend time at the Sumeg 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 coastal trail at Clam beach (hiking distance 2 miles no elevation gain)

6PM Dinner
After dinner optional visit to downtown Arcata

Tuesday, June 23
8AM breakfast and preparation of lunch

9AM Drive 6 miles to the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center .We visit the center and then
have a guided tour by a docent from the Friends of the Dunes through 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
harbor.
2PM a short walk on the coastal trail into historic Eureka for a docent guided tour of the
renovated downtown and murals.
5PM return to University
6PM dinner
After dinner optional visit to downtown Arcata

Wednesday, June 24
8AM Breakfast and preparation of lunch
9AM Checkout
9:30AM Drive 15 miles to Trinidad State beach and hike along the beach to the loop trail
around 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 Sunday, Evening, June 21, so please make sure you bring a brown bag lunch for Sunday.


Monday – Saturday

  • Breakfast 7:00am – 8:30am
  • Lunch 11:30am – 1:00pm
  • Dinner 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Sunday

  • Brunch 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Dinner 5:00pm – 6:30pm

 

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. 

 

 

Orange County 2020

Orange County Coastwalk

Explore the Orange County Coast!

Orange County

Orange County

Orange County

Orange County

Orange County

October 14-18, 2020

5 days/4 nights

Rating: Moderate to Easy

Max Capacity: 20

$650 Non-Member Price

$625 Coastwalk Member Price

Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. Camp all 4 nights at Moro Canyon Campground nestled within coastal sage scrub foothills with spectacular ocean views. Enjoy kayaking, birdwatching, evening programs and all your delicious meals provided by Coastwalk. The 42-mile Orange County coast, though dotted with towns and cities, has an abundance of wilderness in its canyons, coves and beaches.  Coastwalk guides will introduce you to special coastal places many travelers overlook. Learn how the Coastal Trail and grassroots efforts helped preserve a greenbelt along this urban coastline.

Walk rating: Moderate to Easy-First day is short 4-5 mile hike with some elevation at Crystal Cove all other hikes between 7-10 miles each day that are level beach routes with some boardwalks and urban trail.

 

 

The 42-mile Orange County coast, though dotted with towns and cities, has an abundance of wilderness in its canyons, coves and beaches.  Coastwalk guides will introduce you to special coastal places that so many travelers overlook. Enjoy walking barefoot along the surf in azure waters with opportunities to swim & beachcomb -taking only photos of what we discover and removing only marine debris. Learn how the Coastal Trail and grassroots efforts have helped preserve a greenbelt along this urban coastline.  Visit the wetlands of Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve; explore tidepools along the Crown of the Sea Trail at a minus tide from Corona Del Mar to Crystal Cove; visit the Muth Interpretive & Dana Point Nature Centers, kayak upper Newport Bay, take a ferry and have lunch on Balboa Island and hike the Back-Bay Loop Trail.  Walk from Salt Creek Beach to historic Dana Point Headlands and Harbor then continue south to San Clemente.  Camp all 4 nights at Crystal Cove State Park, one of Orange County’s largest examples of open space and natural seashore and explore its trails, historic cottages, and sandy beaches while enjoying campfire programs and all your delicious meals provided by Coastwalk.

Food: Coffee (and decaf), juice, and milk will be available each morning, as well as a variety of breakfast and lunch foods. Soft drinks will be available each day to refresh you contingent on donations to the food kitty.

Dinners are provided each evening.

You will only need to carry lunch items, water and layers while hiking.

Day 1: Wednesday October 14:

(Moderate – foothills)

5 miles

Check into Crystal Cove campsite and put on your water shoes because the ocean is just a short walk from camp. In the afternoon we’ll hike the foothills of Moro Canyon with a docent from the Crystal Cove Conservancy. The end of this short trek offers panoramic vistas of the coastline. Remember to bring your camera! Our evening will be about enjoying a delicious meal around the campfire and listening to the Executive Director of the Crystal Cove Conservancy discuss the history and ongoing efforts to preserve the park.

 Day 2: Thursday October 15:

(Easy – sand and pavement)

8.5 miles

Begin the day in Newport Beach home to Orange County’s oldest pier. We have the option of walking on the sand or the boardwalk as we make our way to Balboa Pier and Fun Zone. We’ll take the ferry over to charming Balboa Island where we can stop for coffee or a frozen chocolate covered banana from “The Original Frozen Banana Stand”, as featured in Arrested Development. After lunch we continue along the Back Bay Trail to the Muth Interpretive Center where we’ll learn about the importance of wetlands and why this precious resource is home to 35,000 migratory birds and 200 endangered species.

  Day 3 Friday October 16:

(Moderate – foothills, sand, rocky intertidal)

8.3 miles

Today we’re in for a treat. We start the day with a docent led kayak adventure of upper Newport Bay and learn about the grassroots efforts to preserve the area from development.  We then shuttle to Corona Del Mar where we picnic on the beach and then hike one of Orange County’s most elusive trails. Along the way we’ll see where the intro opening to “Gilligan’s Island” was filmed, visit the Historic Crystal Cove Cottages where the movie “Beaches” was filmed, and walk back to camp along the The Crown of the Sea Trail which can only be accessed on a negative tide. So put on some secure hiking shoes and let’s go! We will be exploring a Marine Protected Area so we’ll be sure to follow “Good Tidepooler Rules”.

  Day 4: Saturday October 17:

Salt Creek Beach to San Clemente with Dana Point Headlands stops

(Moderate-sand and pavement)

9 miles

Begin the day with an easy beach walk along Salt Creek Beach. Then climb to the top of the coastal bluffs to Dana Point Headlands. Here we’ll take a tour of the conservation area and learn about a tiny pocket mouse that saved this scenic overlook from development. The panoramic view from a top the headlands offers opportunities to spot whales and pods of dolphins. On our way down to Dana Point Harbor we’ll walk past the Pilgrim, a full-sized replica of the merchantman brig made famous by Richard Henry Dana in his novel “Two Years Before the Mast”. We stop for lunch in Dana Point Harbor with plenty of choices for restaurants, then continue on to Doheny State Beach, Capistrano Beach and ending the day in San Clemente. A seaside community built in the 1920’s as a “Spanish Village by the Sea”.

Day 5: Sunday October 18: 

Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve Inner Bay Loop

Easy

3-4 miles 

On our final day, we break camp and travel north to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.  80% of California’s wetlands have been lost to aggressive, continual development, so walking the trails of the 1300 acres of restored marine estuary is a rare opportunity.  Bolsa Chica offers some of the best birding in America, so bring binoculars. Our walk begins in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Interpretive Center where, in addition to being introduced to the wide variety of shore birds and waterfowl we might encounter,  we will also learn how 30 years of concerted activist effort have succeeded in saving this significant bit of what was once a vast marine estuary. For those wishing to stay with us for lunch before saying goodbye-we will travel a few miles south of Moro campground to picnic in beautiful Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. With its groomed paths and stunning landscaping, this half mile walk along the cliffs overlooking numerous pocket beaches, tide pools, and secret coves (all accessible, if time permits), will prove an elegant way to end our stay in the OC.

  • Hiking shoes, boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Waterproof sandals
  • Spare walking shoes & laces
  • Comfy camp shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Water-proof windbreaker/ or parka for cold nights
  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt (protection against sunburn, poison oak, and bugs)
  • Layers for upper body
  • Hat for sun protection that ties under chin
  • Beanie for cold, windy conditions
  • Other clothing – underwear, T-shirts, lots of socks, etc.
  • Bandana
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen (minimum 30 spf)
  • Natural bug repellant
  • Personal first aid kit (band aids, blister pads)
  • Personal medicines
  • Day pack
  • Plate, cup, bowl, and eating utensils
  • Sturdy Tupperware for leftovers
  • Flashlight & headlamp with new batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • Folding camp chair
  • Tent & Ground Cloth
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • REUSABLE Water Bottle
  • Trail snacks (power bars or jerky)
  • Credit Card & cash for camp showers and treats
  • Solar shower if there is no shower at campsite
  • Shower towel

What’s Included:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Breakfast:

  • Coffee: (Regular in percolator with caffeine free available upon request), Teas, Cocoa, Juice, Milk (1/2 & 1/2, 2% Milk, Soy & Almond Milks)
  • Sweeteners- (sugar, honey)
  • Yogurt
  • Biscotti
  • Hot Cereals (Instant Oatmeal, and prepare it yourself steel cut oats available)
  • Granola
  • Walnuts or assorted nuts
  • Fruit (fresh)- (Blueberries, Bananas, Apples, Oranges / Cuties)
  • Fruit (dried)- Raisins & Craisins

Lunch:

  • Breads- (Multi Grail & Gluten Free)
  • Almond Butter
  • Fruit spreads
  • Cold Cuts
  • Cheeses (sliced)
  • Condiments, (Mustard, Mayonnaise)
  • Butter, (Regular and dairy free)

Dinner:

  • Dinners are included unless otherwise noted and will be provided by Coastwalk’s Volunteer Food Angels. 

Our Chuckwagon Wrangler will do their best to accommodate you but if you have special dietary needs please bring your food in a small cooler and we will be sure to provide you with ice throughout the trip.

Cea Higgins

The Executive Director of Coastwalk, Cea has focused her career on education and coastal advocacy. She taught at the elementary, middle, high-school, & junior college levels. She was the Policy & Volunteer Coordinator for Sonoma Coast Surfrider Foundation for 2 decades. 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 sharing its wonders so that others will work to advocate for its stewardship. 

Linda Georgiana

A retired professor of Medieval literature at UC Irvine, Linda has taken up hiking as her favorite retirement activity. She has hiked near her home in Orange County, in the San Bernardino Mountains where she has a tiny cabin, and abroad in New Zealand, Italy, and England.