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I have the 2011 printing of Walkabout California and want to plan the walk from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay. In the nine years since the printing are there any drastic (or non-drastic) changes to the route or places to stay? We plan to go this next early fall-September/October, 2019

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great question.....since I'm planning to walk early April - about a month from now.

Have you done these walks before? That first section is too far for us so are considering starting at some place near the Environment center after the beach 

this is all new for me -- I've not been on the route previously and am planning to do the entire days' walk as outlined

Helen and Colleen,

There have been lots of changes in the eight years since the 2011 edition of Walkabout Northern California: Hiking Inn to Inn.   Fortunately, a new 2019 edition has just been released!  There is also a new guide for the San Francisco to Half Moon Bay Walkabout.  There are new restaurants and inns and old ones have changed hands or closed.  The trails leaving Pacifica and Montara have changed in small ways.  The most important item that I didn't emphasize enough in the first edition is that the approach to Mussel Rock beach can be blocked by high tides.  This comes at the end of Ocean Beach as you approach Pacifica.  Plan to arrive at this section at least a few hours before or after high tide.  

The inn-to-inn hike from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay is beautiful and extraordinarily wild for being so close to urban centers. Enjoy your walkabout.


Thank you so much, Tom. I'll get the new book. 


Very excited about this walk. Question: I bought the digital San Fran to Half Moon Bay late dec 2018 and can't find an edition year, but assume this relates to the 2011 edition? Please confirm the updated digital version is what I want.


You just missed the new version.  I'll send it to you.


thank you very much 


Do you mean there is a new separate guide just for the SF to Half Moon Bay Walkabout specifically?

We are in the throes of planning that section for October. And eagerly looking forward to it.

Helen Bodington 


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