That is great that you are going to hike the Marin Coast Walkabout in March. It is an incredible hike along a beautiful stretch of the California coast stopping at interesting inns with great food. This should be an easy hike for you after your 500 mile trek in Europe.
Here is some information on maps.
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area website provides free maps you can download. They are good for the first two hiking days
Marin Headlands/Fort Baker Map – Marin Headlands to Muir Beach
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Map – Marin Headlands to Stinson Beach
Tom Harrison Maps provides the best maps for hiking days three and four
Point Reyes National Seashore
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sells topographical hiking maps and provides free maps you can download.
http://store.usgs.gov go to map locator
Point Bonita – hiking day one
San Rafael – hiking day two
Bolinas - hiking day three
Inverness – hiking day four
I have heard that the Blue Heron Inn in Bolinas may be closed. Here are some other places to stay in Bolinas.
Red Rabbit Inn Grand Hotel
415-868-0931 15 Brighton Ave
Schooner Saloon and Hotel
41 Wharf Road
Wow! From Venice to Munich - that sounds like an incredible adventure. I'd love to hear more about your trip. Would you consider starting a forum on hiking from inn to inn in Europe? To do this click on the Forum tab above and click the "Add a Discussion" link. We'd love to take a European trip hiking from inn to inn soon.
We did a portion of the Marin Coast trip last March from San Francisco to Stinson Beach, and the wildflowers were at their peak. I highly recommend it. You can find information about the natural history of the area, trails, lodging and dining from my dad's essay on the Marin Coast. If you have any questions feel free to send me a note. Thanks for supporting our project!
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