Coastal California has always held a special allure for Ibis. From our current digs in laid-back Santa Cruz to the early years in rural Sonoma County, we’ve always been drawn to the rugged coastline and dramatic forests of the West Coast.
For the third Ibis Migration, we decided to bring our extended family – both dedicated Ibis riders and the I-curious – to the place where it all began. Adventurers from all over the map traveled to the Mendocino Woodlands, a historically significant cluster of rustic cabins nestled within the redwood sprawl of Jackson State Demo Forest.
Scot Nicol founded Ibis only a couple miles away from here back in 1981, and indeed some of the trails we rode during the Migration came within hucking distance to the place where it all began back in the day.
There were few trails then, but thanks to the Mendocino Coast Cyclists and the Steam Donkey Trail Crew, that has changed dramatically. These dedicated dirt diggers (digglers?) have carved dozens of miles of sinuous trails that wind among, and sometimes even through, the majestic redwoods.
Photo: All Photos by Bill Freeman
Thanks to all who participated, both campers and guides, with a special shout out to the Steam Donkey Trail Crew for creating and maintaining these top-shelf trails.
If you’ve already drunk the Ibis kool-aid or if you just love riding trails and enjoying the finer things in life, we predict you’ll have a blast at a Migration. The next one is August 16-19th in Mendocino, CA. Read all about it here.