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California Redwoods bike tour

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Standing taller than a football field is long, the ancient redwoods (sequoia sempervirens) of the northern California can live 2000+years. Ride and hike through three different reserves guarded by these amazing sentinels, including the world largest remaining old-growth forest. Explore coastal gold-rush provision towns and Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge called the Lost Coast.

Road bike
6 days
$ 3,598.-
  • Redwoods National and State Park
  • Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Coastal gold-rush provision towns
  • Humboldt Redwood State Park

  • Deposit 25%

    A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
12 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021
21 Aug 2022 - 26 Aug 2022
11 Sep 2022 - 16 Sep 2022
Start date 2021 guaranteed.
Start date 2022 price: $3698.-pp
Start
Eureka
Finish
Eureka
Airport at start
Arcata-Eureka Airport (California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport)
Airport at finish
Arcata-Eureka Airport (California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 3,598.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 971.-

Itinerary

Inclusive / Not Inclusive – lodging


Day 1: Pedal the Newton B. Drury scenic Parkway through massive redwoods.

Meet us in Eureka (we found it!). After a short one-hour shuttle north, we begin cycling on the the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway through the mammoth redwoods of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Stop for a quick hike to crane your neck at Big Tree, standing over 300 feet tall. It measures 21 feet in diameter and just keeps on growing past its estimated 1,500 years. Sneak a peek at the Pacific Ocean from Patrick’s Point, surrounded by lush ferns and mosses. Relax at the Trinidad Inn tonight.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Trinidad Inn
Ability level: moderate
Distance: 41 miles
Elevation: +2567 ft / – 2715 ft.

Day 2: Continue south along the coast to Eureka.

Ride the scenic drive from Patrick’s Point through Trinidad again in the morning, then head inland for pastoral farm roads. After a spin through Arcata, a one-time gold-rush provisioning stop on the shores of Humboldt Bay and now home to Humboldt State University, ride out to the North Jetty and relax in the sea breeze. Explore Eureka this afternoon. The entire town is a state historic landmark, with hundreds of Victorian homes. Enjoy the Old Town neighborhood with its charming cafes, bookstores and window shopping. Stay at the Carter House tonight.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Carter House
Ability level: moderate
Distance: 37 miles
Elevation: +820 ft / – 1045 ft.

Day 3: Kayak Humboldt Bay National Wildlife refuge and ride the south Jetty to Ferndale


Kayak Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, then ride the South Jetty on to Ferndale. Kayak Humboldt Bay , one of California’s most pristine wetlands. After a quick lesson, paddle through archaeological sites, an egret rookery and windswept cypress trees. After lunch, continue on to historic Ferndale, which posed as the ideal 1950s town for Jim Carrey’s movie The Majestic. You’ll love the Victorian Village Inn, which National Geographic Traveler calls ‘…one of the world’s top ten great places.’ Dinner is on your own tonight in Ferndale.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch. Lodging: Victorian Inn
Ability level: moderate
Distance: 33 miles
Elevation: +820 ft / – 1045 ft.

Day 4: Ride through Panther Gap to meet “Lost Coast”

Ride through Panther Gap to the “Lost Coast” for a spectacular panorama of wild and rugged coastline. The Lost Coast is the only section of California’s coast that doesn’t have a major highway. Serene redwood forests lead to beautiful remote valleys. Be surprised by sudden ocean vistas of shimmering blue waters and milk-white beaches. Up for a challenge? Tackle “The Wall” – a hill whose first quarter-mile appears to go straight up, then dishes out an average grade of 18% for over a mile. Reward yourself with the sweeping coastline panoramas as you follow the road back to Ferndale. This optional ride is only 18 miles with fantastic vistas and no traffic. But it does include another 8-mile climb up yet another challenging sweep called the “Endless Hill.” Riders who do it will understand why the locals’ “Tour of the Unknown Coast” is billed as California’s toughest century ride. Stay a second night at the Victorian Inn.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Victorian Inn
Ability level: moderate
Distance: 48 miles, “The Wall” (option) 18 miles.
Elevation: +4724 ft / – 4828 ft. “The Wall” (option): +3151 ft / -3134 ft

Day 5: Ride the avenue of the Giant through Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Ride through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Pedal along the banks of the Eel River amongst ancient redwood forests on the “Avenue of the Giants.” These magnificent Coast Redwoods can live more than 2,000 years and are the tallest living things on earth, reaching heights of more than 350 feet – taller than a football field is long! Ride your bike through a giant space between the roots of a living redwood. Options today range up to 50+ miles, if you’d like to do them all. Relax on the banks of the Eel River at the historic Benbow Inn tonight.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch, Lodging: Benbow Inn
Ability level: moderate
Distance: 43 miles.
Elevation: +2397 ft / – 2139 ft.

Day 6: Bull Creek Redwoods

Slow down and wind down with a hike along Bull Creek in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Savor the quiet serenity of the forest primeval – the largest old-growth redwood forest remaining in the world! Wander through cathedral-like groves and enjoy their magic spell one more time before shuttling back to Eureka for your trip home.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Ability: All levels

included

Lodging
All meals, one dinner on your own.
Road / hybrid bike, E-bike rent possible
Luggage transfer

Not included:

Night before and after the tour.
Airline tickets
Gratuities guides

Lodging:

Trinidad Inn
Carter House
Victorian Inn
Benbow Inn

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Fastroad SL 1

So smooth, so efficient, it feels like flying. This lightweight flyer combines the sporty feel of a road bike with the added confidence and control of a flat handlebar.
The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse Seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding, and weekend adventures.
Components: Advanced-Grade composite fork, TRP Flat mount disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra 2×10 with 11×34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless, wheelset 700x28c

E-bike fastroad E+ EX Pro

E-bikes
available for an extra fee.
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