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Mendocino - Lake Tour

May 17-22, 2020

Six days, six stages, 280-340 miles, 25,000'

Led by Chris Jones and Peter Verbiscar-Brown

Registration will open in 2020

An exploration of Mendocino and Lake Counties. Starts and ends at Mendocino College in Ukiah. Close proximity to Santa Rosa allows us to drive to the start and do Stage 1 the same day. At the finish, ride Stage 6 and drive home the same day.

Camping on five nights in three state parks. (Two nights each in two of the parks.) Luggage and all supplies and support equipment transported by truck. One sag wagon on course each day. Cooperative touring: all participants share in the tasks of keeping the tour moving along its way.

Saturday, May 16
Prepare the van and trucks and all food and supplies at the warehouse. (Participation not compulsory but much appreciated...and essential.)

Sunday, May 17
Stage 1: Ukiah to Clear Lake State Park
63 miles, 3700’ up, 2900’ down
56 miles, 3200’ up, 2400’ down

Drive to Ukiah, then... Up around the top of Lake Mendocino and down through the pretty countryside west of Clear Lake, including Blue Lakes, Scotts Valley, and Kelsey Creek. Showers.

Monday, May 18
Stage 2: Cobb Mtn-Clear Lake Loop
64 miles, 5400’ up and down
44 miles, 4000’ up and down

A hilly romp up and over Cobb Mountain and down to Middletown, returning to the state park along the western shore of Clear Lake. The short route lops off the southern end of the loop via Loch Lomond Road. 

Tuesday, May 19
Stage 3: Clear Lake to Hendy Woods State Park
65 miles, 4600’ up, 5900’ down

West over Hopland Grade and Mountain House Road, then north along Hwy 128 through Boonville and Anderson Valley to Hendy Woods State Park, deep in the redwoods on the Navarro River. Showers.

Wednesday, May 20
Stage 4: Hendy Woods to Russian Gulch SP

36 miles, 2100’ up, 2400’ down
49 miles, 3100’ up, 3400’ down
52 miles, 5200’ up, 5500’ down

North and west toward Mendocino. The two shorter routes do so by way of Hwy 128 along the Navarro River, then north along the coastal cliffs on Hwy 1. The longest route heads west on hilly Philo-Greenwood Road to Elk, picking up Hwy 1 there. Visits town of Mendocino late in the ride. Showers at camp.

Thursday, May 21
Stage 5: Fort Bragg Meandering
34 miles, 1800’ up and down
49 miles, 2800’ up and down

North from Russian Gulch into and through the old lumber town of Fort Bragg, then returns south on the logging road—now a coastl trail—above the beach in MacKerricher State Park and along the new Noyo Headlands Trail west of Fort Bragg. Two moderately hilly out-&-backs are the only difference between the long and short routes. This layover day between our two nights at Russian Gulch State Park is intended to offer many options for our participants: hiking in the beautiful state park or perhaps heading back into Mendocino, just a couple of miles south of camp.

Friday, May 22
Stage 6: Russian Gulch State Park to Ukiah
49 miles, 5600’ up, 4900’ down

Back to Ukiah through the remote and rugged hills along Comptche-Ukiah and Orr Springs Roads...all of it gorgeous. Don’t be fooled by the relatively low miles: some serious climbing today. Even so, the short miles should allow us time to drive home in the afternoon.

Saturday, May 23
Cleaning up the vehicles, equipment and supplies at the warehouse. (Again, not compulsory but we can’t do the tour without it.)

Cancellation Policy

Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that neither the tour’s remaining participants nor the Club will incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations.  If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time, less a $25 fee. If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the tour and final expenses are tabulated.

We reserve the right to cancel or modify trips for any reason if circumstances make it necessary. In the event that SRCC needs to cancel, we will do our best to provide a 30 day notice and a full refund for monies received. Refunds will be for the tour fee only, less any costs expended and not refunded to SRCC due to the cancellation, and do not include transportation, hotel or other expenses incurred on the part of tour participants. Tours are generally held rain or shine. Thanks for your support and understanding.

 Note that registration for SRCC tours is open to club members only.

Contact tour leaders with questions:

Chris Jones cagjones@yahoo.com
Peter Verbiscar-Brown petervb1@gmail.com





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