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: $1,725.00 USD per person

Note: This ride includes 5 days of riding including a packed lunch each day.  Arrival time is 2PM on the first day. Accommodations are not included and are made independently.

Included

  • 5 days of riding
  • Packed lunch daily
  • Horse and all tack
  • Guiding services
  • All local taxes

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transfers to Mendocino
  • Accommodations
  • Transfers to the ranch daily
  • Breakfasts and 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.

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

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

California-Coast-Beach-map