Hiking Inn to Inn
My wife and I are also considering the Mendocino hike this year. We've done some inn to inn hiking in Europe (we are Canadians but my wife is from Scotland) so we're familiar with how it works and we are excited to try something in North America.
I'm curious about luggage transfer between inns. We'd like to have a change of clothes each night, and some luxuries that we wouldn't want to carry in our daypack. (I've backpacked in my youth, and the days of 40 lb packs are behind me now!)I can see that the distances by road are not great, so it is just a logistical question of moving our car (and our luggage) from inn to inn, either at the start of the day or the end of the day.
Does anyone have a recommendation? For example, would it be easy to grab a taxi from the Little River Inn back to the Albion River Inn at the end of day 1? It's a short hop, but are there taxis available from the Little River Inn?
I know we might be able to prevail on a friendly local or innkeeper for a ride, but I'd like to be self-sufficient and know there is a definite plan so we can relax all day without worrying about logistics at the end of the day.
You and your wife have chosen a fantastic walkabout - the Mendocino Coast. It combines hiking through the extraordinary redwood forests of the coastal range and along the rugged, beautiful Pacific Coast. Along the way you will stay in charming inns and dine on sumptuous cuisine.
There is no formal system for transporting luggage, but there are some options. As you pointed out, the distances between inns by car are very short. The inns will store luggage for you. You can drop off a satchel at the inns with a change of clothes before you start the hike. Then pick up what you don't want to carry after you have finished.
I can empathize with being past the days of carrying a 40 lb pack. Even on longer inn-to-inn hikes, my day pack weighs less than 15 pounds.
Another alternative is to talk to your innkeepers when you make reservations. They are now accustom to folks taking a walkabout and arriving on foot. They have been very generous, and may be happy to transport your gear.
You can also arrange for a taxi and coordinate with your innkeeper. Hey Taxi at 707-962-0800 should be able to transport your luggage for around $20-25.
Finally, the Mendocino Transit Authority (MTA) (www.4mta.org or 800-696-4682) runs two buses north and south each weekday. I don't think this will be the best way to move luggage, but it is a very convenient and inexpensive way to return from Mendocino to Albion.
I hope this is helpful. Let us know if you have any more questions, and please tell us how you enjoyed the Mendocino Coast walkabout.
Hi, Tom. We've had a change of plans and now it looks like we are going to walk the Mendocino coast in September instead of June. Checking weather data online, it looks like temperature is high 50's, low 60's most of the year, but it does look like statistically September gets more rain than June. We've hiked the West Coast Trail in Scotland, so we know a lot about hiking in the rain...but it isn't our favourite activity! Do you have any comments to offer on the weather in September?
September is one of the best months to hike the Mendocino Coast. We enjoy a Mediterranean climate in Northern California. Our rainy season usually runs from November through March. You might get some morning and evening fog in the summer, but spring and fall are ideal for hiking the coast. I usually take a light rain jacket in case it is foggy, but the September weather should be wonderful. Enjoy your inn-to-inn adventure on the Mendocino Coast.