October 13 • Lost Coast


Usal Hopper

NORTH OF WESTPORT AND SOUTH OF EUREKA lies a seldom traveled ribbon of rugged California coastline known as the Lost Coast. In partnership with Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. (RFFI) and Usal Redwoods, Hopper Adventures — organizer of the popular Grasshopper Adventure Series — is offering a unique opportunity to ride this remote area, accessing 50,000 acres of RFFI/Usal land between the Eel River and the Pacific Ocean.

Choose from three different loops: “Mero-Mero” and “Mediano” are timed and will have a podium for all categories. “Chiquito” is not timed but gives riders a chance to get out and explore at their own pace. The route is a combination of hard packed dirt, loose gravel, pavement, and weather-beaten, rutted county dirt roads.

Included in this crazy hard, super fun adventure in “uncharted” territory are: camping Friday and Saturday nights; hydration and nutrition feed zones; event timing; emergency medical support en route; lunches; beer and snacks at finish; podium for top three in each category for the timed events.

Hopper Adventures has committed to making its Usal Hopper event “carbon neutral” by planting 200 redwood tress in the Usal Redwood Forest.

 “I’ve always believed in the importance of viewing the social and environmental impact of our travel and recreation,” says founder Miguel Crawford. “We are fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world and need to make the connection between our lifestyles and the impact on carbon emissions.”

Crawford points out that the planting of the trees will offset the carbon footprint of 125 people driving to and from the Bay Area. “What better way for a ‘carbon credit/tax’ than to plant trees in our own backyard!”

Learn more and register at grasshopperadventureseries.com.