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Mendocino Gravel Weekender

You’ll pedal some of the best sections of the North Coast of California on this mixed-terrain adventure. We’ll spend two days exploring the coastal redwood forests that are sustainably managed and often car-free! We’ll visit the traditional lands of the Pomo people and ride from the rugged Mendocino coast to the nearby peaks, soaking up smooth roads in beautiful remote areas.

Camping (Wall Tents also available)
Total Spots
Daily Mileages
30-50 Miles a day
Registration Fee
Fundraising Commitment
Event Length
2 Days
Total Mileage

On Climate Ride’s newest weekend adventure in Mendocino, we’ll ride a mix of pavement, gravel roads, double tracks, and even some smooth singletrack! We’ll get in some nice climbs and enjoy the quiet routes in the mountains just outside of the charming town of Mendocino. Each day will have a short and long option so that you can practice your gravel riding on a very dynamic mix of surfaces while moving at your own pace. We’ll visit the town of Mendocino, ride short sections of the prettiest parts of the California coastline, and ride through the biodiverse estuaries and riparian areas of the Mendocino Headlands.

Climate Ride Mendocino Gravel brings together bright minds, breathtaking routes for all cycling abilities, and an unforgettable combination of passion and purpose in a new format that allows us to leave the pavement behind and explore off the beaten path.

Our Climate Ride staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding carefully planned routes. It’s challenging yet achievable, and you’ll be supported throughout each day’s ride. Our camp for the weekend is unlike any Climate Ride campground we’ve stayed at. It is surrounded by trails and swimming holes and was built by the California Conservation Corps back in the 1940s. Meals, snacks, bike support, and all of the logistics are included when you reach the fundraising commitment. On the road, the Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable.

If you’re ready to sign up and ride, click above to join the interest list! Space is limited to 40 people.

The Ride Start and End


Camp opens at Mendocino Woodlands Camp at 5:00 pm on Friday. The event officially begins at 8 pm with a casual welcome reception. There is free parking at camp for the weekend. Registration is Friday evening, 5:00-7:30 pm and then you join us for a mellow evening shindig starting at 8 pm.


The ride ends at 3 pm on Sunday afternoon after lunch at Mendocino Woodlands Camp.

Accommodations and Meals

This charitable biking trip is primarily a camping trip but there are several hotel options that you can book on your own in Mendocino. The camp has a limited number of glamping-style wall tents that sleep 4 (you can book at an additional cost). You’ll be able to request a wall tent to share with a teammate, partner, or friends, or you can pitch your own tent for the weekend.

Amenities in camp include showers, a first-aid station with 24/7 ice, clean restrooms, and beautiful hiking trails through the forest.

All dietary restrictions will be accommodated on this cycling trip by our staff and caterer. There will be a variety of hot breakfasts, picnic lunches, hearty dinners, and plenty of snacks in between to fuel you for both days of riding.

Camping in California doesn’t get better than on Climate Ride!

What’s included: Lodging and meals during the ride.

Not included: Travel to the ride, accommodations and meals pre and post ride.

What Do I Need to Bring on the Ride?

All riders need to have their own gravel bike or a rental bike, helmet, gear, and a suitcase or duffle containing clothes, toiletries, and anything else necessary for the weekend. After you register, we’ll email you the Ride Guide which will contain a more detailed packing list. If you have a non-perishable personal favorite snack or electrolyte brand please feel free to bring it along!

Gravel bikes with at least 35mm tires are required for this trip. We recommend renting a bike near your home or bringing your own bicycle. If you have any special parts that fit only your bike, be sure to bring them.

IF BRINGING YOUR OWN BIKE: Have your bike tuned up before the trip and have any worn-out parts replaced.

What Kind of Support Can I Expect on the Ride?

Climate Ride’s expert leader staff are some of the most experienced and friendliest professional guides around! We’ll have rest stops each day with snacks and water, a mobile mechanic, and a medic along with us. On sections of the route where vehicles can’t go, we’ll have support riders making sure you are well supported. You can also expect an unlimited supply of camaraderie and encouragement from the Climate Ride staff, and your fellow riders!

Fundraising Beneficiaries

Cyclists can choose from the more than 100 incredible beneficiary organizations in our network! One of the things that make Climate Ride such an effective charitable event is that you can select the organization(s) you wish to benefit through the Climate Ride grants program. Our beneficiaries were selected for their work on the environment, conservation, sustainability, climate education, and active transportation advocacy. At the end of the year, Climate Ride grants the proceeds from our events to these hard-working organizations.

Fundraising and Transfer Deadlines

All registration fees and donations are non-refundable.

Fundraising Deadlines: TBD

More Questions?

More Questions?
Email us at [email protected]!

Akemi Masaoka-Baxter
Green Fondo

I had an incredible experience at Green Fondo!

Green Fondo was my first Climate Ride. I enjoyed 2-day rides w/ spectacular views, routes (yes, wind was the beast :), meeting great Climate Riders & Climate Ride staff and raising awareness and doing something towards Climate Change & environmental issues.

Secondarily, I was very impressed by how the Climate Ride team worked to make Green Fondo successful and make the Climate Riders feel welcomed, comfortable and supportive. I felt everyone in your team was friendly and pleasant to make the weekend enjoyable for the riders seamlessly. I’d like to thank each of your team members to make Green Fondo successful and helped my 1st Climate Ride experience spectacular.

I’m looking forward to participating in another Climate Ride trip in the future.

Nicole Ver Kuilen
California Central Coast Ride

Grassroots advocacy and policy work takes a tremendous mental and emotional toll on nonprofit leaders. Having the opportunity to join Climate Ride on their Big Sur ride as a result of their Community Award was the best thing for my organization’s success in 2019! Riding with like-minded advocates, environmentalists, and value-driven individuals was refreshing, rewarding, and left me rejuvenated to tackle the biggest issues facing my community. I arrived knowing no one and left with over 100 new friends and allies in the fight for a better world. I am so grateful to Climate Ride for this opportunity. Thank you Climate Ride!

Allison Smith

On Climate Ride I met experts from every field of work and climate enthusiasts from every state. Together we brainstormed how to solve climate change–while taking in the beauty and challenge of transporting ourselves, carbon-free, from New York to DC! Once there, I had a chance to meet my U.S. Senator. We had a half-hour one-on-one conversation that confirmed that our ride did raise awareness, that politicians are listening, and that we can work together toward a clean energy future.