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REDWOOD EMPIRE

It's time to immerse yourself into a dirt dreamscape with some of the finest riding California has to offer. Situated on the North Coast is a magical forest of towering ancient redwoods boasting enough drool-worthy singletrack to keep you more than entertained for a few days. Join this epic itinerary that will expose you to some of the smoothest, sweetest trail riding just miles from the Pacific Ocean.

 

There’s an abundance of terrain that will grab the attention of novice and advanced riders, with route options each day allowing you to choose your own adventure. There’s more to this trip than the riding, however, and opportunities to kayak, surf, hike and stroll the small towns will round out your afternoons. We’ve arranged a communal, nature-inspired lodging experience at a private Victorian farmhouse situated on 36 acres, where you’ll seamlessly reconnect with the earth and have the chance to enjoy the local cuisine, culture and camaraderie.

OVERVIEW

START & END LOCATION: SANTA ROSA, CA

TRIP LENGTH: 5 DAYS

LODGING: COMMUNAL FARMHOUSE OR HOTELS

INTENSITY INDEX (click for details): 

AEROBIC - BLUE , TECHNICAL - BLUE, OVERALL - BLUE

GROUP SIZE:  2 - 12

STARTING AT $2,750 PER PERSON

Dates

  • Offered as a private group departure only in 2023 due to permitting restrictions. Contact us with your group's preferred dates

Itinerary

DAY ONE

The tour begins with a morning pickup of guests and gear in Santa Rosa. We’ll travel to a local riding zone tucked away in Sonoma County that has a great blend of technical and smooth. After lunch at a world-class brewery, we’ll load up for a van transfer west into the land of loam, where we’ll arrive to our accommodations for the week at Jug Handle Creek Farms. You’ll have ample time to get settled and sorted before a welcome dinner on the property prepared by our staff.

ride details: UP TO 19 miles & 2,700' climbing

DAY TWO

Our team will have a big breakfast awaiting you this morning to properly fuel for the day’s adventure. We’ll head inland for our first dose of riding in the redwoods. Massive trees will keep the temps cool and the air fresh while we embark on one of many circuits that cover some phenomenal stretches of fern-lined singletrack. This afternoon we’ll recoup back at our accommodations before heading to the coast to explore the flora within the picturesque Mendocino Botanical Gardens. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed in town.

ride details: UP TO 22 Miles & 2'600' climbing

DAY THREE

Today we’ll put in the miles as we tackle the longest epic of the week during an amazing outdoor odyssey. Riding from the front door, our guides will show you the finest riding in the region. For those looking to work a little less, an optional shuttle bump towards ride’s end allows us to get a re-do on one of the more gravity oriented trail segments in the forest. You’ll have the afternoon free for whatever activities you choose – reading, some beach time, shopping or another brewery visit. Dinner tonight is on your own.

ride details: UP TO 30 miles & 3,800' climbing

DAY FOUR

Another day and another dose of that delicious dirt awaits. You’ll set out and explore some lesser known and more remote corners of the extensive trail system we’ve been uncovering all week. We’ll see where the energy level sits this morning and put together a ride that hits the sweet spot. Returning to Fort Bragg, you’ll have a chance to stop by Glass Beach and see what the erosive forces of nature can do. Then it’s time to embark on a one of a kind adventure – a railbiking journey along scenic Pudding Creek and into the heart of the ancient redwoods of Mendocino County. These side-by-side railbikes feature an electric assist motor so you can sit and spin with ease taking in the surroundings of the forest, with no steering required. This evening your fearless leaders will host a cocktail hour at the farm before sharing one final farm-to-table meal featuring the freshest regional offerings of the area.

ride details: UP TO 24 miles & 3,100' climbing

DAY FIVE

For those interested in one final ride, we’ve got a nice short spin planned this morning before packing up. Otherwise, partake in a tranquil paddle along Big River in a hand carved outrigger canoe. After lunch in Mendocino, we load up and make the return trek to Santa Rosa, where you’ll bid thee team farewell and continue on your own way.

ride details: UP TO 10 miles & 1,200' climbing

Lodging

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Jug Handle Creek Farm, Caspar - 4 nights of private shared lodging with other tour guests

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Pricing

  • $2,750 per person

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Details

  • Seasons

o   For private departures, the above sample itinerary can be generally by offered late April - October, when the weather is most ideal for riding. Contact us to arrange a private or customized Coastal All-Road Retreat around your preferred dates

  • Inclusions

o   Guided & fully-supported rides​

o   Professional expertise and regional knowledge of 2 cycling guides

o   4-nights accommodations

o   Ground transportation during the trip in our air-conditioned passenger van

o   4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners

o   Daily ride nutrition (bars, gels, powders, fruits & snacks)

o   Post ride beers

o   Mechanical support of your bicycle throughout the duration of the tour

o   Bike box storage (for those bringing their personal bike)

o   Park entry fees, permits and activities including canoeing and botanical gardens

o   Pre- and post-tour transport from/to Santa Rosa

o   Dirt Gypsy Adventures t-shirt, socks and cycling cap

  • Exclusions

o   Bicycle rental (carbon mountain bikes can be added for an additional fee)

o   Airfare​

o   Travel costs to/from trip start

o   Pre/post trip lodging

o   Travel insurance

o   Personal purchases

o   Passport / travel Visa requirements

o   1 dinner

o   Alcoholic beverages with meals

o   Guide gratuities

  • Getting Here

o   Trip begins and ends in Santa Rosa at a central location​

o   Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS) is the closest airport with flights serving areas across the nation

o   Pre and post tour lodging available at a variety of hotels in the surrounding area

o   You will receive a comprehensive tour itinerary and trip planner with additional details after booking your tour and paying your deposit

o   Our staff is happy to provide additional travel suggestions to maximize enjoyment on your visit to California's North Coast