Thursday, September 20, 2018

OHLSON RANCH LOOP


Carpool at Gualala Business sign at 9:50 am.  Start at Ohlson Ranch at 10:00am (Sea Ranchers bring hang tags please). Start on trail behind Ohlson Ranch that parallels Highway 1, connecting with bike path to Navigators Reach. Turn right onto Navigators Reach and left on Sculpture Point Drive to end, pick up trail which connects you to Sea Gate Road. Turn right on Sea Meadow Drive where you pick up the first trail on the right (marker 7B.) Follow through hedgerow and markers 7C and 7D, talking trail to connect to bluff trail at marker 8.  Head north on bluff trail until you get to marker 26 where we will turn right and follow the Breaker Meadow Trail past the Barn back to Ohlson Ranch. Lunch at Ranch House after hike.
Leader: Laura Bridge
Mileage: 5.3
photos contributed by Harmony & Bob R

Thursday, September 13, 2018

SALT POINT BLUFFS


Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory at 10:30 and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 10:45. Start at 11:00 at the Gerstle Cove Campground/Salt Point State Park. Turn west at Main Entrance and follow road down to ocean where large parking lot and restrooms are.  There may be a $7-$8 charge per car so bring coupons if you have them. Hike the coastal trail along the bluffs starting at left side of parking lot. Continue north until you are at the trail which descends into Stump Beach.  At that point turn around and walk back by jeep trail which is inland of coastal trail. The leaders will pick a good spot around noon for sitting, viewing and eating lunch. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leaders: April and Ron Dammann
photos contributed by Bob R.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

STORNETTA T AND HUCKLEBERRY PICKIN'

 


Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 10:00 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Rollerville Junction 2 miles north of Point Arena at 10:20. Cars can park along highway 1 facing south. We will be hiking a T pattern.  Starting down the road (aka Huckleberry Row) to the Loran Station we will first head south to some spectacular rock formations and then retrace back to the Loran Station and this time we will head north for some more great views of the lighthouse (weather permitting) and our coastline. After taking in the views we will return and eat our lunch near the blow holes (or find a spot out of the wind depending on the weather). Eventually we will retrace our way back along "Huckleberry Row" where those who want to may stay and pick huckleberries can and others can return by the road to their cars. Carpools should be done in a way to accommodate pickers and non-pickers.  This is a relatively flat hike with only minor elevation change.
Leader: Harmony
Mileage 4.0
photos contributed by Bob R.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

DMC LOOP #2



Carpool at 9:50 at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge. Start at 10:00 at Del Mar Center on TSR.  Hike south on Del Mar Meadow Trail to Bluff to Salal Trail, then cross highway to Pomo Trails to Saloon Trail to post 138. Go south to 136 and follow trail by Golf Course and under the highway. Turn left on Tallgrass and walk back to the Del Mar Center. Lunch in the garden. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers.
Leader: Laura Bridge (Sub Steve Coffey-Smith)
Mileage: 5.1
photos contributed by Bob R.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

EXPLORING POINT ARENA

 


Meet at 10:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:30 to carpool to Point Arena. The hike starts at Point Arena at 11:00 at Jeff and Lena's (355 School Street). Coming from the north, turn right at first driveway after the rainbow signs. Coming from the south, slow down at 30 mph sign, and then turn left at the brightly painted pyramid. There is an Earth flag at their drive---335 School St. Taking lunches, we will go on trails through their land down to Port Road. There is some very steep, uneven ground - a walking stick would be advisable. We will then go up Blufftop Road and walk to the end, overlooking the port...a new point of view. Back down Blufftop and walk down Port Road to the pier. We will go back to cross a tiny stream (usually log or stones available) and eat at Hillbilly Park, viewing the ocean. We will go back on Port Road to the Village Apartment trail, down to view the community garden, follow to Port Street, up to Highway One. Turning south, go for a tour of Laura and Jeff's Wildflower Boutique Motel, then go up the street for a tour inside the Arena Theater. We will then proceed to the City Park and hike up the hill in the park that leads to Highway One, turn left and walk back to Lena and Jeff's. Some of this may be eliminated, depending on time. Bring apples if you want to feed the three horses.
Leaders: Jeff Gyving & Lena Bullamore
Mileage (longer version): 5.1 miles
photos contributed by Bob R.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

MENDOCINO BOTANICAL GARDENS


Meet at 8:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory to carpool and at 8:30 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg. This is a LONG drive for us so be forewarned. Hikers north of Anchor Bay should call the leaders ahead of time if you want to be picked up along the way. There is an admission charge for the Gardens unless you are a MCBG member or a member of a reciprocal garden ($15 General, $12 Senior, $10 Mendocino County resident).  Our leaders are members and member's guests are $10 if they come in with a member so it shouldn't be more than $10 a person. This garden includes 47 acres of manicured gardens, diverse plant collections, forests, streams, fern canyons and bluffs. We will walk out to the Cliff House and see spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean along the Coastal Bluff Trail and visit the vegetable garden where a lot of produce is grown and donated to the food bank. Dahlias, heritage roses, heathers, begonias, fuchsias, hydrangeas, perennials are at their peak bloom August-October. Dogs are welcome on leash. Those who want to can eat at Rhody's Cafe where you can get fresh made sandwiches and salads, homemade soup and desserts, coffee, drinks, and Cowlick's ice cream. Please let Mary Sue know by phone or email (msittner@mcn.org) one week in advance if you plan to come and eat at Rhody's so they will be able to accommodate us as Rhody's is very busy this summer. We will order and pay when we arrive and our lunch will be ready to pick up when we are done hiking. You can get an idea of the possibilities by looking at the menu on Facebook. It's also fine to bring your lunch if you prefer. https://www.facebook.com/pg/RhodysGardenCafe/menu/?ref=page_internal
Leaders: Bob & Mary Sue
photos contributed by Mary Sue