Mendocino - Lake Tour
August 15-20, 2021
Co-led by Chris Jones, Peter Verbiscar-Brown, and Bill Oetinger
$15.00 deposit (non refundable) due upon registration
A booklet with a complete tour description and route maps is available HERE
Tour cost is $335. You will be charged $15 as you register.
An exploration of Mendocino and Lake Counties. Starts and ends at Ukiah High School.
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, with 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.
A Guide to Riding with SRCC is found HERE.
Note that due to current Covid-19 health and public gathering restrictions, this Tour will only be held if Covid restrictions are loosened to allow us to camp in proximity and dine communally. In any case, we are proceeding with registration and all logistical arrangements. We are hopeful. More info below.
Saturday August 14
Prepare the van and trucks and all food and supplies at the warehouse. (Participation not compulsory but much appreciated...and essential.)
Sunday August 15
Stage 1: Ukiah to Clear Lake State Park
64 miles, 3700’ up, 2800’ down
57 miles, 3300’ 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. Longer routes add loops in Redwood Valley, north of Ukiah (early in the stage). Showers at camp.
Monday August 16
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 west shore of Clear Lake. The short route lops off the southern end of the loop via Loch Lomond Road.
Tuesday August 17
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 redwoods on the Navarro River. Showers at camp.
Wednesday August 18
Stage 4: Hendy Woods to Russian Gulch State Park
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, picks up Hwy 1 there. Visits Mendocino town late in the ride. Showers at camp.
Thursday August 19
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 coastal 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: exploring in and around Fort Bragg, hiking in the beautiful state park or perhaps heading back into Mendocino, just a couple of miles south of camp.
Friday August 20
Stage 6: Russian Gulch State Park to Ukiah
49 miles, 5600’ up, 4900’ down
52 miles, 5800’ 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 August 21
Cleaning up the vehicles, equipment and supplies at the warehouse. (Again, assistance by participants not compulsory but we can’t do the tour without it.)
Registration will open 7 pm April 15 for those who signed up for the cancelled 2020 Mendocino - Lake Tour; 7 pm April 16 for those signed up for the cancelled 2020 NOTR (Northern Oregon Tour Redux); and 7 pm April 17 for general club members. There will be a $15 non-refundable deposit/registration fee to reserve your place on the Tour, it is payable by credit card on SRCC site. If the Tour cannot be held, your $15 deposit will be used to pay the costs of non-refundable campground registration and cancellation fees. Payment of the $320 balance by check will be due June 1. Arrangements can be made to pay the balance by credit card, with an additional $15 to cover the credit card transaction fees.
We have all the campground reservations in hand; we have eight 8-person sites at each campground, so with 50 participants, that equates to some 6 people per site. At present California State Parks specify: “avoid gatherings with people outside the immediate household.” We anticipate that these restrictions will be loosened, and that camping will be close to normal, although expect to be required to wear masks in common areas (restrooms etc.) and perhaps when we are “gathered” except when actively eating and drinking. Some degree of social distancing will likely be required. In addition, some aspects of the tour could require modification to address Covid-related restrictions and requirements.
Note that if restrictions are not sufficiently loosened, the tour could be cancelled.
After registration, you may be asked by the tour leaders whether you have received a Covid vaccine, or whether you anticipate being vaccinated prior to the tour (for planning purposes only). This information is voluntary. If there are additional requirements by County or State public health agencies, you will be informed in advance and there will be a state- and county-compliant Covid Plan developed for the tour.
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 less any costs expended to-date. 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 email@example.com
Peter Verbiscar-Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Oetinger, email@example.com