Archive for the ‘hikes’ Category
Advocates Push to Make Stornetta Public Lands Part of CCNM
—Posted Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 7:29 am—
Advocates are actively pursuing extending California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) status to the 1,132-acre Stornetta Public Lands in Point Arena either through legislation or executive decision.
But even without the status, this is a great place for a walk, especially when the waterfall is running. And, it’s only a half mile from the Point Arena Lighthouse, another must-see destination on your Mendocino Coast Visit.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat recently wrote the following:
One way or another, they’re working to ensure the federally owned property — with its chiseled cliffs, blowholes, waterfalls and aweinspiring vistas — gains the added protection and visibility that would come with nationalmonument standing. “It just raises the level of care that the property gets, and public access, to an entirely new level,” said Winston Bowen, president of the Mendocino Land Trust.
“To my knowledge, there is no known opposition to this,” said Richard Burns, field manager with the Bureau of Land Management.
Visitors already are free to hike the former Stornetta Brothers Coastal Ranch under a $7.8 million conservation deal struck in 2004 that converted the property to federal ownership under the jurisdiction of the BLM.
Monument status would provide improved access to money for purposes such as trail development and maintenance, or possibly permanent bathrooms, as well as a higher level of protection for wildlife and habitat, advocates said.
Whales and First Day Hikes Start January 1
—Posted Saturday, December 24th, 2011 at 10:27 am—
Migrating California Gray whales, numbering between 18,000–23,000 individuals, pass by the Mendocino coast twice each year. Here are several ways you can check out the whales and other wildlife along the Mendocino Coast, thanks to State Parks.
FIRST DAY WALKS: California State Parks announces guided interpretive hikes at 4 state parks along the Mendocino Coast on January 1, 2012. These hikes are part of a nationwide effort of special hikes on New Years Day in state parks in all 50 states. This will promote state parks and participation in healthy activities. All of these hikes will take place on California’s North Coast in wintertime. Be prepared for cool temperatures.
WALK #1: Westport-Union Landing State Beach. Meet the docent at 1:00 p.m. at the park headquarters building at park main entrance, just west of Hwy 1. The park is located about 19 miles north of Fort Bragg, California on Hwy 1. This will be a 1 mile long moderate hike. This hike is suggested for children 8 years and older, and adults. Learn fun facts about the once bustling town of Westport from local resident Steve Brigham.
WALK #2: MacKerricher State Park. Meet the docent at 10:00 a.m. at the Laguna Point parking lot, from Mill Creek Road, three miles north of Fort Bragg, California, west of Hwy 1. This will be an easy three-quarter-mile walk along a boardwalk. This short walk will be filled with fun facts about MacKerricher State Park as you walk to an overlook above the ocean. Park Naturalist Teresa Hurray will lead this walk. The walk is suggested for children 12 years and older, and adults.
Abundance of Color at the Gardens
—Posted Sunday, August 7th, 2011 at 6:15 pm—
This is one of my favorite times of the year at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens — when the dahlias and fuchsias are in bloom. Plus, Friends of the Garden’s display artists created birdhouses for their annual auction, and I can guarantee you’ll be delighted with the creativity of these artists. You can leave a bid on your favorite birdhouse or “Buy It Now”. But don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Artist Reception and final bid night on August 19th…a guaranteed fun evening with friends, food and wine…and all for the Gardens we love. Open daily 9am – 5 pm, 18220 N. Highway One, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4352
Caspar Uplands Trail Newest Mendocino Coast Adventure
—Posted Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 4:58 pm—
Nothing more invigorating than a new trail. I have already taken a peek at part of this one-mile trek from Caspar State Beach to Point Cabrillo Drive near the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. Just one more wonderful effort by local preservation groups. Here is a news release issued by the Mendocino Land Trust announcing the official March 13 opening:
The Mendocino Land Trust invites the public to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Caspar Uplands Trail, on Sunday, March 13, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at Caspar Beach in Caspar, California. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m., followed by trail tours. This event will be held rain or shine.
The one-mile Caspar Uplands Trail is the newest segment of Mendocino Coast’s California Coastal Trail. The trail starts at Caspar Beach and ends at Point Cabrillo Drive near the northeast corner of the Point Cabrillo Light Station State Reserve. This pedestrian trail winds through the southernmost stand of Sitka Spruce in North America, providing users with beautiful forest and meadow views, as well as an occasional glimpse of the ocean. This trail was built as part of the Land Trust’s Coastal Trail Program.
Funds for trail construction and the Land Trust’s Coastal Trail Program are provided by a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy. Additional State Prop 40 funding through Mendocino County helped complete the trail construction. The Land Trust thanks the State Coastal Conservancy, Mendocino County, California Conservancy Corps, Surfriders, West Coast Landscaping, Caspar R.V. Park and Campground, Kendall Smith, Art and Jean Morley, Tamira Jones, and numerous trail volunteers for their support and collaboration in building the Caspar Uplands Trail.
Notably, the Caspar Uplands Trail is on a 55-acre property that Mendocino Land Trust plans to donate to California State Parks. This conveyance is scheduled to occur in 2011.
Sunset Magazine Features Glendeven Inn
—Posted Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 9:42 pm—
We were delighted to open our February 2010 Sunset Magazine and discover one of our favorite coastal retreats – Glendeven Inn – was featured. Named as one of the top 20 destinations of the west, Glendeven Inn offers a mix of elegance and comfort that keep their guests returning year after year. Their meadow is dotted with llamas that they allow you to visit – very friendly indeed! Breakfast is made with eggs from their chickens and guests are encouraged to participate in feeding time. Both locals and visitors have discovered their cozy Wine Bar(n) or feasted on one of their elegant dinners served in their beautifully restored, historic farmhouse.