Mendocino Shared Expedition

The Mendocino Coast is a one of a kind place to paddle, with dramatic sea caves, abundant wildlife, and sweeping views. During your trip, we’ll spend Saturday exploring the Big River, starting at the mouth and paddling upstream (with the help of the ocean current) about three miles. On Sunday we’ll embark on an open-water paddle (conditions permitting), to explore the Mendocino Coast and renowned sea caves. During the trip we’ll stay in a historic farmhouse at Jug Handle Creek Farm, a nature preserve with great hikes and a short walk from the coast. This is a memorable adventure and perfect for the novice or experienced paddler.  

Trip Itinerary

Friday, August 18

Participants are invited to arrive between 4:00PM and 6:00PM. We’ll take a walk to the Mendocino Coast and enjoy the beautiful view, then have a communal dinner followed by a trip orientation meeting to go over the plan for the weekend and answer any questions.

Saturday, August 19

After a delicious breakfast we’ll drive to the mouth of the Big River to begin our first day of paddling! The Guides will first orient the group to kayaking, and then we’ll get on the water for an approximately 3-mile paddle. Depending on the tidal conditions and the ability of the group, we’ll either have lunch on the riverbank or paddle back to the put-in. After lunch there may be an opportunity to paddle again, or we’ll head back for an accessible hike or take some time to explore the town of Mendocino. We’ll then share another dinner together and enjoy an evening of group games or relaxation in the cozy farmhouse.

Sunday, August 20

After breakfast and packing up our belongings, we’ll head to Van Damme State Park for our day of kayaking. At the beach we’ll review safety and talk specifically about paddling in sea caves before getting on the water. We’ll have a couple hours to meander through the caverns and explore the intricacies of the coast. We’ll then head back to the beach we started on for lunch with the possibility for paddling again in the afternoon if time and conditions permit. To close the trip we’ll share our “Kodak Moments” and say good-bye after an awesome weekend.

Trip Details

Trip Dates: August 18-20, 2017

Arrival Time: 4:00PM-6:00PM on August 18

Trip Meeting Location: Jug Handle Creek Farm, Caspar, CA

Approximate End Time: 3:00PM on August 20

Trip Cost: $350/person*

*We have a limited schoalrship budget available for people with disabilites and youth and adults from under resouced backgrounds. To apply for a scholarship please complete a Scholarship Application

Booking Information

To book a space on the trip or with any questions, please contact Oren Frey, Sea Kayak Program Manager, at:

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