Day Hike 2024

2024 Malibu Low-Tide Day Hike

RAIN OR SHINE!

FREE - MALIBU LOWTIDE DAY HIKE – FEBRUARY 9, 2024

Level: EASY (mixed beach, trails, and stairs) 

6.5-mile hike on the California Coastal Trail

This moderate hike on the wet sand is for all ages!

Super Low Tide -1.80 feet at 3:23 PM; Sunset 5:30PM

A guided walk on the CCT during the only tides low enough to allow passage on the beach. A rare opportunity to walk the sand and cross the headlands exposed by this tide. We will start at Paradise Cove, where food and drink may be available at the restaurant. We’ll walk past hidden Malibu mansions, tide pools and beaches. We will walk Paradise Cove, Escondido Beach, Malibu Cove Colony, Latigo Beach, Dan Blocker Beach, Puerco Beach, Corral Beach, Amarillo Beach and Malibu Beach to Malibu Lagoon.

Meet on Cross Creek Road no later than 1:15 PM. We will board the northbound LA Metro Bus #134 at 1:20 PM at 3822 Cross Creek Road. This bus stop is on the south side of Cross Creek Road, east of PCH. We will disembark at 1:32 PM at the Paradise Cove bus stop, cross PCH at the stoplight and walk down about 1000 feet to Paradise Cove. The hike will leave from the south side of the Paradise Cove pier at 2:00 PM. Estimated arrival at Malibu Lagoon State Beach 5:00 PM.  If you miss the 1:20 PM bus (or bus is full) take the next bus at 1:54 PM, arriving 2:06 PM at Paradise Cove and a hike leader will wait for you. SEE MAP BELOW.

 

Questions? Click here to send an email to Andy Vought, Volunteer Hike Coordinator.

Free parking on PCH north of Cross Creek; $12 parking at Malibu Lagoon State Beach Parking Lot (west side of PCH).

LA Metro bus fares, and parking fees, if any, will be hiker’s responsibility.

Driving alternative: You may park on either side of PCH just north of Paradise Cove beyond where the “No Parking” signs are and walk down about 1000 feet to the pier.

You may also park at Paradise Cove but it may cost as much as $40.

Note: If you park at or near Paradise Cove, you will have to find your own way back after the hike.

Coastwalk volunteers Mike, Tom and Andy will lead and sweep the hike.

There will be opportunities to leave the group and walk to PCH for a Lyft/Uber or bus 134 (every 40 minutes or so).

2024 Del Norte Discovery

Southern Del Norte County/Northern Humboldt County

6 days/5 nights

Rating: Moderate

Max Capacity: 20

$750 Coastwalk Member Price

$800 Non-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. On this Coastwalk you will visit isolated beaches, ancient dunes, rocky bluffs, marine terraces and virgin redwood forests. Spend time with local naturalists, historians and advocates for the coast who will guide you on daily hikes from the campsite at the California/Oregon border along the Klamath River and south to one of California’s most scenic spots … Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park.

All Camping Fees & meals are included in the price. 

 This Coastwalk begins in Southern Del Norte at beautiful Kamp Klamath Campground and RV Park. The Klamath River is the second largest river in California. Coastwalkers will pitch their tents for a three-night stay at Kamp Klamath Campground which is located at the mouth of the Klamath River. The Klamath River in Del Norte County is part of the Yurok Indian Reservation and also borders Redwood National Park. On the fourth day of this Coastwalk we’ll pack up our gear in our cars and drive to to Prairie Creek Redwood State Park in Northern Humboldt County where Coastwalkers will setup camp and stay for the remainder of the Coastwalk. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park contains old-growth redwoods, prairies, and the scenic Gold Bluffs Beach. This Coastwalk is rated as moderate but shorter walks can be accommodated. Please note on some hikes there may be as much as a 700ft elevation gain. Most of the trails we will be walking are packed dirt, but there will some areas that are uneven and have protruding rocks, roots, minor obstructions and possible small creek crossings. 

Day 1 –  Arrive at Kamp Klamath Campground, set up camp, hike from camp to the mouth of the Klamath River.

 

Day 2 – Shuttle bothways:  Lagoon Creek to Klamath Overlook. A Naturalist will join us and give a talk on the unique Del Norte County coastal environment.

 

Day 3 – Shuttle back: Hike from camp from the mouth of the Klamath River to Carruthes Cove in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

 

Day 4 – Move camp to Elk Prairie Campground in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Hike from camp from James Irvine to Miners Loop.

 

Day 5 – Shuttle bothways: Hike on the Ossagon Creek Trail to Fern Canyon.

Coastwalk will provide options for both breakfast and lunch. Dinners will be prepared by volunteer “food angels” who support Coastwalk. Please bring any personal food or drug items in well-marked sturdy containers to be placed in one of our ice chests.

Please make sure to review the list below so you have everything you will need for the Coastwalk.

What to bring on a Coastwalk

 Clothing

Hat

Jacket – (wind and water resistant)

Long pants

Hiking shorts

Hiking boots

Walking shoes

Vest

Long Sleeve shirt

Sweater

Underwear

Tee shirt

Socks

Bandanna, handkerchief

Toiletries

Soap or body wash, Bio based/biodegradable

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Dental floss

Daily Medications and vitamins

Shampoo, bio based/biodegradable

Sunscreen

Insect repellent

Comb or brush

Towel and wash cloth

Personnel first aid items

Sleep wear

Poncho or rain gear

Camping gear

Tent, with footprint (pad underneath tent to keep your tent dry)

Sleeping bag with pad

Plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon

Cloth napkin

Tupperware container, for leftovers with your name on it!

Flashlight or head lamp

Small Folding chair/ camp chair

Day pack

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

Food

Breakfast and Lunch food if desired.

The Chuckwagon will provide milk, almond milk, coffee, tea, sugar, salt, pepper, oatmeal, butter, fresh fruit and bread, nut butters and other sandwich fixings.

 Nice to have

Camera

Binoculars

Hiking poles

Camp Chair

 

Linda Schwaberow Walk Leader, Bob Adams Chuckwagon Master; Gail Williams, Donna Barnett, Donna Lockhart, Larry Rutherford, Bill Daniels Coastwalk Volunteers.

 

 

2024 Magical Monterey

Magical Monterey

June 10-15, 2024

6 days/5 nights

Rating: Moderate

Max Capacity: 20

$700 Member Price

$750 Non-Member Price

Walk with us as we journey south along the scenic Monterey Peninsula. Arrive at the Veterans Memorial Park and explore the hikes from camp to Huckleberry Hill and Quarry. Begin your first full day at Elkhorn Slough Reserve then walk from Zmudowski Beach to Moss Landing. Walk the CCT as it follows the Monterey Peninsula from Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey to Bird Rock at Pebble Beach. We continue walking south from Carmel Beach to Monastery Beach then shuttle to Garrapata State Park. On our final full day we visit the spectacular Point Lobos State Natural Preserve.

Walk type –Moderate, shorter walks can be accommodated.

Max capacity 20

 

 

We will meet and our vehicles will remain at a group camping site located in Monterey Veterans Memorial Park. We will shuttle to the start of our hikes and their return. Hikes can experience a vertical change of 700 ft. While most of the hike is packed dirt, there are some uneven areas with protruding rocks, roots, and minor obstructions. Each day, you have the option of doing the longer hikes or walk less and spend more time in chosen areas. We will provide options for both breakfast and lunch. If you have any special requests regarding diet -please let your Walk Leader know. Dinners will be prepared by volunteer “food angels” who support Coastwalk. We ask that you bring any personal food or drug items in well-marked sturdy containers to be placed in one of our ice chests. To all, please bring a marked container for leftovers. (They are equally great along the trail the next day). Do bring along a camp chair for a comfortable time around the campfire. You will have your vehicles nearby each day so transporting items should not be an issue.

Itinerary

Please note this Itinerary is subject to change due to weather and tidal conditions.

Monday, June 10 –  Arrive at Veterans Memorial Park, set up camp, hike from camp to Huckleberry Hill and Quarry. 

Tuesday, June 11 – Shuttle bothways:  Elkhorn Slough Reserve, combined with a hike from Zmudowski Beach to Moss Landing. 

Wenesday, June 12 – Shuttle bothways: Monterey Peninsula from Fisherman’s Wharf to Bird Roack at Pebble Beach. 

Thursday, June 13 – Shuttle bothways: Carmel Beach to Monastery Beach, then to Garrapata State Park.

Friday, June 14 – Shuttle bothways: Pt. Lobos

 Saturday, June 15 – Break Camp, pack up and leave. You can choose, explore the “Path of History” in Old Town Monterey.

 

What to bring on a Coastwalk 

Clothing

Hat

Jacket – (wind and water resistant)

Long pants

Hiking shorts

Hiking boots

Walking shoes

Vest

Long Sleeve shirt

Sweater

Underwear

Tee shirt

Socks

Bandanna, handkerchief 

Toiletries

Soap or body wash, Bio based/biodegradable

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Dental floss

Daily Medications and vitamins

Shampoo, bio based/biodegradable

Sunscreen

Insect repellent

Comb or brush

Towel and wash cloth

Personnel first aid items

Sleep wear

Poncho or rain gear 

Camping gear

Tent, with footprint (pad underneath tent to keep your tent dry)

Sleeping bag with pad

Plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon

Cloth napkin

Tupperware container, for left-overs

Flashlight or head lamp

Small Folding chair/ camp chair

Day pack

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

Food

All meals are provided but feel free to bring your own food or snacks. 

Nice to have

Camera

Binoculars

Hiking poles

Linda Schwaberow Walk Leader, Bob Adams Chuckwagon Master, Gail Williams, Donna Barnett, Donna Lockhart, Larry Rutherford, Bill Daniels & other Coastwalk Volunteers.

2024 Bodega Marine Lab

Sonoma Coast - Bodega Marine Lab

April 14-17, 2024

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4 days/3 nights

Rating: Easy

Max Capacity: 20

All prices are per person double occupancy

$ 850 Member Price

$900 Non- Member Price

This Coastwalk offers not just hiking but a series of Coastal Adventures many not open to the public or difficult to do alone or without permission. Your four leaders Simon, Anne, Gary and Robert are good friends who are very familiar with the Sonoma coast and live close by. Bird watcher and photographer Gary knows the coastal birds and hopes to show you oystercatchers and endangered snowy plovers. Master Gardener Anne knows her coastal wildflowers and hopes to find native succulents. Simon has kayaked several times up Salmon creek and hopes for high water to take you up into the canyon where people rarely go. Little adventures like a private tour of the Marine lab, a docent led hike on Carrington ranch not yet open to the public but to become part of the coastal trail. Plus our consulting geologist Glen, will lead a hike to the famous rubbing rock supposedly worn glossy with ancient mammoths. True or False? Glen will tell us the story. If you get too tired Robert will follow the group with the van for a ride back to the lodging. Our speakers each evening are experts. Our evening speakers will include Coastwalk’s Board Member & Coastal Trail Advisor, Cea Higgins; a speaker on ocean health and one on the migration of grey whales. All this with comfy beds at night with private bathrooms, great food and fun company. We hope you will join us.  

 Private Rooms and All Meals Provided.

Participants shall be responsible for paying for parking and any state park entrance fees.

 

 

We will be staying at the housing and conference facilities for the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab. The lab itself is located at 2099 Westshore Rd in Bodega Bay. It is on the right-hand side of the road. The gate to the housing and conference facilities where we are staying is approximately a quarter of a mile BEFORE the gate to the UC Davis Marine Lab (also on the right-hand side of the road).

To get to Westshore Rd -drive north from center of Bodega Bay on Hwy1. Turn left on Eastshore Rd, then Right on Bay Flat Rd which leads into Westshore Rd.

There is plenty of parking at the site, but we do encourage carpooling if possible.

Housing and meals:

Each room has two single beds and a bathroom with shower. They are basic rooms but very clean. All linens are provided. We will eat in the meeting room. There is a fridge for our use, but we suggest you bring a cooler chest with ice.  Our meals will be catered.  Let us know of any dietary constraints and we will try to accommodate you. Breakfast and lunch are cafeteria style and we will make our own pack lunch for the day’s hike from the food provided.

Itinerary* 

*Please note this Itinarary is subject to change based on weather and tidal conditions

Sunday 14 April

Meet at the housing and conference facilities between 12:30 and 1p.m. where we will check in.

2 p.m. Hike from the housing at Bodega Marine Lab to the Bodega Headlands. The Bodega Headlands was once considered as a site for the largest nuclear facility on the West Coast and it was the fight to save the headlands that led to the passage of the Coastal Act and is considered the beginning of grassroots environmental coastal activism. The hike will be led by our co-leader, Gary, a bird and wildflower specialist. We will hike through the dunes approximately 5 miles with 500ft elevation gain. The views up and down the coast are spectacular.

 Monday 15 April

We will carpool to the beginning of the Prairie Trail in Bodega Bay, and visit the memorial bell tower. Followed by a short hike to the launching site on Salmon Creek for our kayak adventure. Bring shoes that can get wet for the optional 1-2 hour kayak trip up Salmon Creek. A beautiful easy paddle suitable even for beginners.We then continue hiking along the dunes and beach to Mussel point. Here we walk through the pristine coastal prairie of The UC Davis property ending at the marine lab. where we have a private tour of the lab given by the manager. From the lab we walk back to the residences.  Approximately 5 miles hiking with 100 ft. elevation gain.

Tuesday 16 April

We carpool to the Bird Viewing trail head in Bodega Bay. From here we hike over the mudflats to the Coastguard station to visit their ship and learn about the role the coastguards play along the Sonoma Coast.  The hike along Doran beach takes us south over Pinnacle Gulch to the adjacent secluded beaches. After lunch on the beach we scramble  through the cave (only possible at low tide ) and return to our cars.. Anyone wishing to avoid the cave will be led along a trail above the beach.  

The total hike will be 6 miles with an optional shorter hike of 4 miles. In the afternoon we drive to a coastal ranch newly acquired by a non profit organization and not yet open to the public. Here we will learn about the plans for the acquisition and take a short 2 mile guided hike on property.

Wednesday 17 April

Today we drive 9 miles north to Shell beach parking area and the trailhead for the Kortum trail.  Our hike this morning will take us to Peaked Hill. On the way we stop at the mammoth rubbing rock where a local geologist will tell us the story of the rock and discuss the local coastal geology. The CoastWalk will end back at the Shell Beach parking.

 

What to Bring:

  • A waterproof windbreaker
  • warm layers of clothing
  • hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Soft shoes to wear indoors
  • Sun hat and hat for warmth
  • Sleepwear
  • A pair of shoes or sandals that can get wet for kayaking
  • Personal items such as soap, shampoo, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, & sunscreen
  • Basic first aid for your daypack such as bandages, insect repellant, moleskin for blister protection and your own special medical needs
  • Daypack
  • Reusable water bottle,
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight or headlamp,
  • camera, binoculars.

 

Walk Leaders Simon & Anne Lowings & Gary Morgret

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.

San Mateo County Coastside Walks & Explorations

San Mateo County Coastide Walks & Explorations

July 24-28, 2024

5 Days/4 Nights

$850 Members  

$900 Non-Members

Maximum Number of Participants 12

Hike Rating: Moderate

We will be walking and exploring the primarily rural area nestled between the dramatic Santa Cruz Mountains and the powerful Pacific Ocean.  We will be walking along bluffs, on beaches, coastal neighborhoods and farm lands.  

The timing of this Coastwalk allows us a once-a-year opportunity to visit some local nurseries/greenhouses, wineries and farms for a “behind the scenes” tour of their facilities and operations. 

We will be staying at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel all four nights.

All meals will be provided.

 The walks will be moderate and roughly 5 – 10 miles in length.

Max capacity 12

Dorm Style Rooms and All Meals Provided

Max capacity 20

 

 

 

Coastwalkers will hike the trails surrounding the  Pt Montara lighthouse, explore adjacent neighborhoods and McNee Ranch State Park and meander along the trails to to Grey Whale Cove State Beach.

Coastwalkers will experience spectacular 360 degree vista of bluffs, mountains, beaches, and the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day.

Hikers will explore Francis Beach Campground view the varied terrain dotted with large arroyo, and rocks in the water. On this Coastwalk we’ll have a chance to walk through the beautiful Ritz Carlton Hotel property and walk through farmland fields of Brussel sprouts.

Coastwalkers will visit the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, the famous big wave surfing Mavericks Beach and Pillar Point Harbor for a combination of road, bluff and beach walking.

This Coastwalk is just right with a mix of easy and moderate walks with distances ranging from 6 to 10 miles.

Breakfast, brown bag lunches and evening meals are provided.

Accomodations:

Sitting on a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, HI Point Montara Lighthouse offers unique beachfront vacation experiences near Half Moon Bay, CA. Just 25 miles south of San Francisco along scenic Highway 1, this is the perfect coastal escape from the city or the suburbs. Visit our beautiful property, which includes a historic lighthouse.

Wake up each morning to the sound of waves crashing on the shore, and spend your days relaxing at our on-site cove beach or exploring the charming nearby towns of Half Moon Bay and Pacifica. The Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is the ideal getaway for taking in the great outdoors. 

The Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel. This hostel has dorm style type rooms with bunk beds. Coastwalk has reserved the Sea Lodge at the for our guests so you will only be sharing accommodations with individuals registered for this Coastwalk.

Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

8800 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA 94037

Check the Resources tab for links for more information about the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel.

Please consider car pooling to this Coastwalk as onsite parking at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is limited.

If you would like to car pool please send an email to [email protected], please be sure the include the location you are coming from.  

Sample Itinerary –

This is a sample itinerary which is subject to change due to trail conditions and services availability 
  • Day 1 (Wed, 24 July):  walk from Point Montara Hostel to Grey Whale Cove
  • Day 2 (Thur, 25 July):  walk Devil’s Slide Trail and Pedro Point Headlands
  • Day 3 (Fri, 26 July):  walk from Venice Beach to Cowell Purisima
  • Day 4 (Sat, 27 July):  Farms, Fish & Flowers Coastside tours
  • Day 5 (Sun 28 July):  walk from Point Montara Hostel to Pillar Point Harbor
  • 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.

 

Walk Leader – Patti Pope

Patti Pope is a long time Coastwalk member and has been on numerous Coastwalks. Patti’s children grew up on going to on Coastwalks and now grown adults, joined Patti on the 2022 San Luis Obispo Classic and signed up to become Coastwalk volunteers. Coastwalk is looking forward to the next generation of volunteers.

Patti is an educator who lives in Woodside, California.