Ride Overview

Based in the coastal town of Mendocino, a sleepy hillside village made famous in the TV series “Murder, She Wrote”. It is a quaint and quiet town filled with charming shops and excellent restaurants, perfect for strolling in the evenings after riding.

During the day you will canter along deserted ocean beaches, ride the bluffs while the Pacific crashes against rocks far below and meander on mossy trails through the magnificent Redwood Forest on Northern California’s rugged Mendocino Coast. This is an area of amazing beauty, teeming with wildlife and a place where time moves at its own pace. The wraiths of Russian, Spanish and English adventurers cling to this isolated part of America.

Dates: April through September on request. Small group supplement may apply.

Rates: $2,675.00 USD per person in a shared room; twin or double bed (Single Supplement: $425.00 USD)

Note: This ride includes 6 nights accommodation and 6 days of riding, arrival time is 2PM on the first day. Dinners and alcohol are not included in the price and can be enjoyed at any number of small wonderful restaurants in Mendocino.

Included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days of riding
  • Breakfast and lunch daily
  • Horse and all tack
  • Guiding services
  • All local taxes

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transfers to Mendocino
  • Transfers to the ranch daily
  • Dinners
  • Gratuities for the team at the end of the stay

Day 1

After your three and a half hour drive from San Francisco takes you through the famous "wine country" plan to arrive at the Ricochet Ridge Ranch stables by 2:00 p.m. dressed to ride. There will be an indoor orientation, a riding demonstration by the ride organizer, and an introduction to the horses, followed by a trail ride on the beach.

Afterward, you’ll check in to your hotel, clean up and enjoy dinner at 7PM at the hotel.

Lodging all week is generally at the elegant Mendocino Hotel (or another hotel of equal quality), where many episodes of the TV show "Murder, She Wrote" were filmed.

Day 2

Today’s ride will take you through Jackson State Forest, along the headwaters of the Noyo River, under the towering redwoods. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest, followed by a long afternoon ride along the old Indian Springs Trail. There are ample opportunities for long trots and canters while exploring the ridge tops and forests.

Dinner will be at 6PM at The Purple Rose, returning to your hotel for overnight.

Day 3

After a full breakfast your third day of riding takes you along the bluffs and sand of Ten Mile Beach, where you will thrill to some beautiful long canters. Turn inland by the river and climb back into the redwoods. Lunch is high on a ridge top with a inspiring view of the ocean to the west and the forests to the east. After lunch there are opportunities for more long trots and canters on Simcha Beach arriving back at the trail head.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 4

Today, after a full breakfast at the Garden Room of the Mendocino Hotel, meet at Ricochet Ridge Ranch for a shorter leisurely ride on a different section of MacKerricher State Park overlooking the ocean.

Lunch and a free afternoon where you can choose from the many restaurants in either Fort Bragg or Mendocino before striking out. Both towns are ripe for exploration and the chance for you to stretch your legs as you enjoy their many craft shops, galleries and beaches.

Dinner this night is also independent, giving you the chance to try out any “must taste” venues you spy in the afternoon.

Day 5

On the next day, meet your horses and begin an adventurous ride that takes you along ridge tops with mountain views, then down into the river valley beyond. Lunch is along the Ten Mile River, or among a grove of giant redwoods.

Dinner is at the Mendocino Hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Day 6

Your last day of riding takes you back through ranch lands and canter up a long gradual trail to the very peak of the mountain where you are on top of the world. Head back toward the ocean following different forest trails before stopping for a picnic lunch in the sand dunes along the Ten Mile River estuary. After lunch, ride on the beach, cantering in the ocean spray while looking for whales and seals offshore.

Return to your accommodations for a farewell dinner celebration at the Mendocino Hotel.

Day 7

After a restful night and breakfast, departure after breakfast.

(this is a typical itinerary for the week, some parts may vary from week to week)