San Jose, California
Hendy Woods State Park near the Mendocino Coast in Northern California, a great place to camp and hike. The weather is usually warmer than directly on the coast, yet shaded and the park is spacious as well as friendly to children, and allows dogs on leash at your campsite. There is plenty room for bicycling and other in camp games. The park consists of 845 acres which includes two separate original growth redwood groves along the Navarro River. Some redwood trees are more than 300 feet tall and close to 1000 years old.
Reservations are $20 per person in shared campsites of 6 to 8 people. We plan to accommodate 30 to 40 people. The plan is to secure The Azalea Campground Sites 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 and hold our Saturday night meeting at the Campfire Center which is an amphitheater in the park.
Coming up early,Thursday after 4:00 PM at no extra charge. Please call and let Cathy C. or Mary G. know if they plan to do this.
The Retreat Hosts are Cathy C. (831)-246-2622 & Mary G. (831)431-3491
Cancellations made prior to September 25, 2009 will receive full refunds.
Friday at noon we will embark on an in-park hike of approximately 5 miles winding through Hendy Woods viewing the beautiful giant redwoods and the various fauna and flora. This hike is fairly easy, rated 1.5 in difficulty with little change in elevation.
Saturday we will leave from Hendy Woods at 9:30 AM carpooling to Van Damme State Park on Hwy 1 just 3 miles south of the town of Mendocino. We will meet at the Fern Canyon Trail sign. We will hike beginning at 10 AM on the lush Fern Canyon trail which crosses Little River 8 times. Fording should be easy in October. We will hike through the Pygmy Forest where we can see 60 year old Cypress tress a mere foot tall and 1/2 inch in diameter.
From San Jose: I-880 N towards Oakland, exit I-580 W/I-80 E towards
Sacramento/San Rafael, Slight right at I-580 W/JohnT Knox Fwy, Take exit to Redwood
Hwy/US-101N, Take Citrus Fair Dr exit, Turn left at Citrus Fair Dr, Turn right at
CA-128/S Cloverdale Blvd, Turn left at CA-128/Oat Valley Rd, Turn left at Philo Greenwood
Rd, Turn left at Hendy Woods State Park.
Drive Time: From San Jose is approximately 3.5 hours.
Amphitheatre Tenetive Meeting Site
Mary’s suggested alternate scenic route home:
W CA-128 to Hwy 1 South, at Jenner take Ca-116 to US-101 S to S.
Detailed Directions: Head northeast on Philo Greenwood Rd toward CA-128, Turn left onto CA-128/Holmes Rd, Turn left at S Hwy-1/CA-1/Shoreline Hwy, Turn right at CA-1/Main St/Shoreline Hwy, Turn right at S Hwy-1/CA-1/Coast Hwy/Shoreline Hwy, Slight left at CA-116/River Rd., Turn right at Armstrong Wood Rd/CA-116/Plaza, Slight right at N Main St, Continue on CA-116/Gravenstein Ave, Merge onto Redwood Hwy/US-101 S toward San Francisco Drive time to San Jose: 5 hours.
We will have a shared Potluck Dinner Saturday Night before our NA meeting.
Firewood is available at the park ranger station. Please do not gather wood it is forbidden
to gather dead wood.
There are numerous animals in the area. This requires all food to be stored in locked food boxes.
If you have portable badminton or volleyball equipment please bring it along. Level ground is available and a good game or 2 would be fun.