Year Round 10/13 km Volkswalk

Lompoc, CA

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Sponsors: Placer Placers Volkssport Club (AVA 686/CA 46)
Sanction Nr: YRE 430
Location: South Side Coffee Company
105 South H Street, Lompoc, CA  93436 
Phone 805-737-3730.
You may only walk from dawn to dusk. The South Side Coffee Company's hours are:
  • Sundays  8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Mondays - Thursdays  6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Fridays  6:00 a.m. - midnight.
  • Saturdays  8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight.
  • Days Closed: New Year's Day; Easter; Thanksgiving; Christmas Day & the day after Christmas; close early on July 4 and Christmas Eve.
    The basic 10 km (6.2 mile) trail wanders through the Lompoc civic center, downtown murals, residential areas and by flower fields.  It is flat and on pavement, earning it an AVA rating of "1A."  It is suitable for strollers, though wheelchairs will have difficulty at some intersections.  Pets must be leashed.  Public restrooms are available along the route at both Ryon and Beattie Parks.

    Because the extra 3 km option is up a steep dirt trail, it earns an AVA rating of "3C."  However, hikers who chose it are rewarded with a beautiful panorama of the valley at the turnaround.

    MapFrom the south, take US-101 to CA-1 (just after the tunnel at Gaviota).   Turn left (west) to Lompoc.  The highway will dead end at a "T" intersection with CA-246 just outside of Lompoc.  Turn left.  The combined CA-1/CA-246 turns into Ocean Avenue.  Park in the city parking lot at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and G Street.  Walk one block back to H Street and turn right to the Start/Finish Point.

    From the north, take US-101 to the Betteravia Road exit in Santa Maria.  Turn right (west) to Broadway (fifth light). Go left (south) on Broadway as it merges with CA-1.  Take CA-1 to right to Lompoc, turning left at light at Vandenberg AFB Main Gate and right at the next light several miles later.  Road becomes H Street.  Turn right on Ocean Ave. and park in city lot at G Street and Ocean.  Walk one block back to H Street and turn right to the Start/Finish Point.

    Picture Gallery To see a photo album of our walkers from visits to this walk (including the view from Inspiration Point) taken in 2000 and 2002, click here.

    The Pooter Patches from years past are available as "B" awards. 

      Yes - Southern California.  This event walks to the Site of Original Mission and Remaining Ruins of Buildings of Misión la Purísima Conceptión de María Santísima (California Historic Landmark #925).  The site is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
    IVV Credit: You are eligible for IVV Individual Achievement Awards program event credit every time you complete the course and pay your fee.    Of course, you also earn distance credit every time you complete the course.
    Fees: Ask for the "volksmarch book" at the coffee shop customer service counter.  Every participant must register, sign the liability waiver, carry a start card, and turn the start card in at the end of the event.  Fees are:     
         *   "B" award  $4.00      
         *   IVV/AVA Credit Only  $3.00 
         *   Participation Only Free 
    Note:  Awards are not kept at the start/finish.  They will be mailed to you at no additional cost.
    Proceeds: Starting in 2001, part of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.  This walk, which features teams walking for 24-hours to raise funds and awareness about cancer, and which celebrates area cancer survivors, is held each year in Lompoc (as well as other cities nationwide).
    Miscellaneous: Dogs Welcome w/Clean-UpWater and restrooms are available at the start/finish, and at a couple of public parks and buildings along the trail.  Pets are welcome, but should be kept on a leash.  Please clean up after them.  Children under 12 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.  Every reasonable effort has been taken to make this event safe and enjoyable for everyone.  However, the Central Coast Peregrine Pathfinders cannot be held responsible for any lost of stolen articles, accidents, or injury of any kind.
    Weather: We won't try predicting the weather for your walk.  However, if you would like information on current conditions and a five-day forecast, visit the Lompoc page of The Weather Channel.
    Trail Master: Annette & John Fletcher, 1700 Sheffield, Lompoc, CA 93436, phone 805-736-8531, e-mail

    The completion of the coastal railroad between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1901, and the subsequent extension of a spur into Lompoc (pronounced LOM-poke), provided the impetus for growth in the Valley.  Fields were cleared and leveled for agricultural production of specialized crops including flower seeds.  The flower seed industry so dominated agricultural production that the area was dubbed the "Valley of Flowers." The Johns-Mannville Corporation and others began the mining of diatomaceous earth in the southern hills. The mining industry continues to be major employer.

    In 1941, Camp Cooke was established as an Army training base.  Later turned over to the USAF, it was renamed Vandenberg Air Force Base in 1958.  The Base was the first missile base of the United States Air Force.  The Space Shuttle program was slated to begin launches in the late 1980's.  However, the when the Challenger exploded during take-off in 1986, the West Coast Shuttle Program was terminated, leaving Lompoc in a severe recession.

    The Lompoc Valley responded to the Shuttle disaster by focusing on tourism as a means of fighting its way through the recession.  By focusing on the natural beauty of the Valley, its flower industry, the pristine Central Coast, and by developing a successful downtown mural program, the City of Lompoc has built an excellent tourism industry that is to this day a primary component of the Lompoc economy.  Today, the City of Lompoc is dubbed The City of Murals in the Valley of Flowers.

    You can find out more about Lompoc by visiting

  • the area's unofficial home page, or
  • the Chamber of Commerce's home page
  • the city government's official one
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    Even though this event just opened in January 1999, walkers from far and wide have come to enjoy it.  In 2000 and 2001 it attracted over 100 participants. 
    • Canada  (Victoria BC)
    • Norway (Porsgrunn)
    • Alabama (Wetumpka)
    • Arizona (Surprise, Tucson)
    • California (Atascadero, Auburn, Bakersfield, Banning, Benicia, Cherry Valley, Chino, Colton, Corona, Cypress, Dana Point, Davis, Escondido, Fallbrook, Fairfield, Fountain Valley, Fresno, Garden Grove, Granada Hills, Grover Beach, Hawthorne, Huntington Beach, Ione, Irvine, Kings Beach, Lakewood, Lemoore, Lompoc, Los Osos, Martinez, Meadow Vista, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Orinda, Oxnard, Meadow Vista, Mission Viejo, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Nipomo, Norco, Pasadena, Paso Robles, Perris, Pismo Beach, Port Hueneme, Redlands, Roseville, Sacramento, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Shandon, Sherman Oaks, Soledad, South San Francisco, Temecula, Templeton, Thousand Oaks, Tracy, Vacaville, Valencia, Vandenberg AFB, Ventura, Victorville, Whittier, Wildoman, Windsor)
    • Colorado (Aurora, Boulder)
    • Connecticut (Danbury)
    • Florida (Palm City)
    • Illinois  (Goreville)
    • Maine (Yarmouth)
    • Maryland (Catonsville, Laurel, Severna Park)
    • Michigan (Birmingham, Sterling Heights)
    • Minnesota (Eagan, Mankato, Northfield)
    • New Mexico (Albuquerque)
    • Nevada (Reno)
    • New Mexico (Albuquerque, Deming)
    • Ohio (Springfield)
    • Oregon (Hammond, Milwaukie, Newport, Portland, Seaside)
    • Texas (Austin, Wichita Falls)
    • Washington (Lynnwood, Vancouver, Walla Walla)

    If you have questions or wish to find out more about our club or about volkssports, you can e-mail us by clicking here.

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