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Van Damme State Beach to Albion

Little River, California

Van Damme State Beach to Albion

Van Damme State Beach to Albion Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Although the craggy Mendocino coast is among the more scenic shorelines in a state famous for its beautiful shores, what puts Mendo on the map as one of the planet’s premier paddling destinations is the number and complexity of its sea caves. Many are short and straight, little more than arches, while others tunnel 100 yards from one hidden cove to the next. A few caves are big and simple as barns; still others snake and divide into multiple passages so dark we use waterproof headlamps to find our way to the back.

The easiest and safest place to get into a sea cave here is probably from Van Damme State Beach. Its sandy, south-facing launch beach together with its nearby parking lot makes it the region’s most accessible and protected sea-caving area. In addition to its caves, there is an excellent variety of marine life—from seabirds and seals to a rich intertidal zone. For experienced paddlers, the one-way trip to Albion is one of the area’s classic advanced trips."

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Bellevue, WA
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7/14/2007
This is a must-do! We used the local guide service that camps out on the beach (I can't remember the name) and had a fantastic time.

There's a nice natural breakwater a hundred yards or so off-shore so we felt safe and secure the whole time. Kayaking through natural arches and caves, stopping on small secluded beaches and looking at abalone shells and floating within 10 yards of harbor seals made this one of the highlights of our entire trip.
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Trail Information

Little River
Nearby City
1-5 miles
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Lower tides give better protection from outer reefs, more beach access, and more headroom in caves.
Tidal Information
Waves, submerged rocks, clapotis, wind, and fog.
Hazards/Cautions
Year-round
Best Times
USGS: Mendocino and Albion (7.5 minute) and NOAA chart 18628 charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/18628.shtml
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