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Hiking Inn to Inn

Hike inn to inn - Savor the journey and the destination. Leave the car behind, explore the wild and sleep in a comfortable inn each night.

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Take a California vacation hiking from inn-to-inn

Welcome to the Walkabout Community

We invite you to read and share stories about inn to inn vacations, in California and around the world.

With a light daypack and a few reservations you can travel for days on California's breathtaking coastline or in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, each night recovering your energy with a delicious meal, a comfortable bed, and maybe even a hot tub. Hiking inn to inn is an age old tradition. Enjoy and share stories, pictures and resources about human-powered travel from around the world.

Learn more about inn to inn hiking vacations in California, become a member, or purchase Walkabout guides or the books.

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Sierra Foothills - Hiking Inn-to-Inn along the American River

The American River starts high in the peaks of the Sierra Nevada.  It winds and crashes through deep canyons down to the foothills where it eventually is tamed to form Folsom Lake.  Released again, it flows wide and powerful to meet the Sacramento River.  This moderate 66-mile, four-day walkabout starts in the foothill town of…


Posted by Tom Courtney on April 12, 2019 at 1:59pm

Hiking Grizzly Island

A small herd of tule elk bounded out of the trees and into the marsh.  All males with impressive racks, they splashed through the shallows startling egrets and sending a flock of ducks aloft as they raced to an open field and disappeared.

Grizzly Island, 8,800 acres of marshland is a…


Posted by Tom Courtney on February 13, 2019 at 11:30am

The Joys of a Multi-Day Hike from Inn-to-Inn

There is a surge of popularity for hiking from inn-to-inn in Europe, and the same is true in California.  Adventurers hike trails connecting coastal villages along the wild Pacific.  They trek through the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, along the serene beaches of Southern California, and through the parklands around the San…


Posted by Tom Courtney on January 22, 2019 at 10:55am

Hiking the Tahoe Basin - Donner Pass to Lake Tahoe

Hike the spine of the High Sierra along the Pacific Crest Trail on this 3-day, 30 mile walkabout.  This is a challenging hike, but you’ll be rewarded with stopovers at mountain resorts in spectacular settings and with the solitude and pristine beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Start your journey…


Posted by Tom Courtney on October 11, 2018 at 12:30pm


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