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Skunk Train - 40 Miles of Beauty

All aboard the Skunk Train!
All aboard the Skunk Train!
The Skunk line runs 40 miles from Fort Bragg on the coast to Willits on US Highway 101. Along the way, the tracks cross some 30 bridges and trestles and pass through two deep mountain tunnels. The half-way point of Northspur is a popular lunch spot, giving passengers a chance to snack before continuing to Willits or heading back to Fort Bragg. Along the way, you pass through beautiful stretches of redwoods. Learn more about the train on their Web site.


100 W Laurel St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 866-457-5865

Tracks to Kayak

Tracks to Kayaks – Experience a Wilderness Adventure Mendocino County Style!

Skunk Train Owner Robert Pinoli and Liquid Fusion Kayaking’s founders Cate Hawthorne and Jeff Laxier teamed up in 2010 to create a unique experience for lovers of California redwoods.

Dubbed Tracks to Kayaks, it’s the adventure of a lifetime.

Tracks to Kayaks is a unique way to explore the Noyo River Valley.  Experience the redwood forest and Noyo River Valley aboard the Skunk Train as the train travels its historic route from Fort Bragg to Northspur.  On the return from Northspur, disembark from the train where your Liquid Fusion Kayakingguide will meet you for a 2.5 mile kayak tour on the Noyo River back to Fort Bragg.


The Skunk Train departs at 10am from the Depot in Fort Bragg.  Participants enjoy a scenic trip into the redwoods with a stop at Northspur.  Lunch is available in Northspur.  After lunch, the train turns around at Northspur and journeys back to Fort Bragg.

On the return trip, the train stops before its last crossing of the Noyo River.  Tracks to Kayaks participants are greeted there by their kayak guide (Cate or Jeff of Liquid Fusion Kayaking).  A quick paddle lesson is then followed by a 2.5 mile leisurely paddle down the Noyo River to Noyo Harbor.  While paddling, learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Noyo River watershed.  The 2.5 mile paddle takes approximately 1.5 hours and is then followed by a shuttle ride back to the train depot.  Participants arrive back at the depot around 4:30 pm.

This is a dry and mild kayak tour in tandem kayaks.  No experience is necessary.  Children must be 8 years of age to participate.  Individuals with special needs should contact Liquid Fusion Kayaking about accommodations before purchasing tickets.

Tracks to Kayaks Trips are available on specific dates.  Here is a link for dates and reservations.  Space is limited and the trips often sell out so reserving tickets early is recommended.

Liquid Fusion Kayaking also offers dry and mild kayak tours on Fort Bragg’s Noyo River, wet and wild Whitewater of the Sea Adventures along Fort Bragg’s Coastline, and kayak classes for beginning through advanced paddlers in sea, whitewater, river, and surf kayaking.

Liquid Fusion Kayaking



Check out Cate’s Women on Water blog.

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  1. Karen LaBuda

    Do you know when the full ride from willets to fort Bragg will be back up? I don’t want to drive a state away for a one hour ride

  2. Mary Doak

    Do they offer a dinner train ride

    1. Hi Mary,

      They offer two trips per day at 11am and 1pm for the Pudding Creek Express. Here is the link to their website:

  3. Aurora Gomez

    Are dogs allowed?

  4. Linda

    I will be staying in Fort Bragg and would like to take the skunk train back to Willits just one way. I can’t find where they will let you do that???

    1. Hi Linda, the Skunk Train no longer has one way rides to Willits or vice versa. One of the tunnels collided so it will take awhile for that to be fixed. They do an hour round trip called the “Pudding Creek Express” which takes off from Fort Bragg and turns back 7 miles inland. There is also a ride from Willits to Northspur and back to Willits.

  5. Audre West

    How much does it cost

    1. Hi Audre,
      It’s $25 per adult for the Pudding Creek Express.