Albion to Dark Gulch and Beyond

Little River, California

Albion to Dark Gulch and Beyond

Albion to Dark Gulch and Beyond Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"For novice and intermediate paddlers, the narrow gorge of Albion Cove, with its dramatic and scenic cliffs, offers even better protection than the more popular Van Damme; unfortunately, there are no sea caves until you leave this protection and round Albion Head.

Calm-water paddlers can enjoy the shelter of the cove or explore several miles upriver along the quiet, tree-lined banks of the Albion River. Advanced paddlers will find this rugged stretch to the north of Albion Head riddled with some of Mendo’s best caves and rock gardens—and most challenging conditions."

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Trail Information

Little River
Nearby City
1-8 miles
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Lower tides give better protection from outer reefs, more beach access, and more headroom in caves. If heading upriver, do so on a rising tide.
Tidal Information
Waves, submerged rocks, clapotis, wind, and fog.
Year-round, weather permitting
USGS: Albion (7.5 minute) and NOAA charts 18628 ( and 18626 (
Local Maps

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