Hiking Inn to Inn
It is dusk, and the pale December sun dips toward Mt. Diablo. A guttural, trumpeting call comes from a group of sandhill cranes. They glide in V-formation, long necks extended, legs stretched behind. Descending to the harvested cornfield, they slow and break formation. An abrupt turn, wings flapping to slow down, feet hit the ground with two awkward steps, wings fold, and they join hundreds of compatriots for the night.…Continue
Added by Tom Courtney on January 4, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
The Marin Coast Walkabout is a 4-day hike from Marin Headlands to Point Reyes National Seashore. There has been a major trail change on Day Three – from Stinson Beach to Bolinas. The route starts out unchanged, leaving Stinson, climbing to Bolinas Ridge and hiking the Coastal Trail to Bolinas-Fairfax Road. Bourne Trail is now neglected and overgrown. Here are two alternative routes.
First Alternative: Cross Bolinas-Fairfax Road and hike Bolinas Ridge Trail. It starts in…Continue
Added by Tom Courtney on December 8, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
marin%20headlands%20start%20at%20Mountain%20home%20inn%20october%2019th%20Rev%201.%20docx.docx Tom, read your book several years ago and put together a hike similar to yours in Marin ....it was a great time ....Next stop the Cotswalds in England . I have attached the file…Continue
Added by Dave Dryer on November 23, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments
Great place to swim would be Ocean Beach before you leave the coast to go inland. We had a great time, great waves:) We did exit this area where the book says and then you end up along come cliffs overlooking the ocean. We didn't exit that area where the book says, we continued along the Sunset Cliffs Blvd to enjoy the overlooks and then navigated our way inland to our hotel. Lots of available eateries at OB. We ate at Bravo Mexican Food and it was okay. We're getting unseasonably hot, humid…Continue
Added by Carla E on September 12, 2015 at 9:06am — No Comments
Added by Carla E on September 10, 2015 at 8:53pm — No Comments
Save big bucks, take the bus, 993, from the airport. Only 1 bus exchange gets you to LA Jolla to begin one of the sections. Only $5 total if you're under 60.
Added by Carla E on September 10, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments
SLO CSF FOUNDER MARGIE HURD WALKS THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO CELEBRATE AND REFLECT ON RETIREMENT
Hurd explained, “To get my head wrapped around retirement, I decided an Inn to Inn trek through the towns of my childhood would help. The trip was inspired by a Sunset Magazine article from last fall which highlighted the books by Tom Courtney. They are par t of a Walkabout California…Continue
Added by Marjorie Hurd on July 23, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments
When will this book be available? I plan on walking from Mexico border to Laguna Beach and I'm sure this book will help me route it out. Thanks, Janene
This one day, 23.8 mile “bridge hike” connects two multi-day walkabouts. There are no inns or restaurants, but the inn-to-inn hiker is rewarded with the longest stretch of accessible uninterrupted, undeveloped shoreline for over 200 miles. Hike miles of plateau between coastal mountains and the sea. Walk through Camp Pendleton where you will experience an active Marine Corps base at two miles an hour. This is a challenging hike. Be sure to bring your driver’s license. They will check it as…Continue
This moderate four day, 27.3 mile walkabout hikes some of the most alluring swimming and surfing beaches in the world as well as rugged rocky shores under steep cliffs that you will share with sea birds, seals, and dolphins. You’ll visit lively classic beach towns, step back in time in the beautifully restored cabins of Crystal Cove, and savor the fine cuisine and arts scene of Laguna Beach. This is my favorite walkabout on the 200 mile hike from Malibu to Mexico.
Explore the Southern…Continue
This easy three day, 23.5 mile walkabout starts on the beautiful island of Santa Catalina. Enjoy the slow pace of island life. Explore Catalina’s shoreline by kayak, and hike its rugged mountains. Then take the ferry to Long Beach and hike three days to Newport Beach, strolling on classic Southern California surfing and swimming beaches. Along the way, sample the delights of interesting seaside towns – good food, fun bars, live
music, and unique inns.…
Added by Tom Courtney on July 3, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
This moderate three-day, 38 mile adventure hikes a Pacific shoreline that varies from wide Southern California swimming beaches, to paths along coastal bluffs, to boulder hopping under steep cliffs where few hikers venture. It passes through sections of deep urban development as well as untouched wilderness where your only company will be sea mammals and shore birds. Along the way you’ll visit delightful beach towns, a luxurious resort, and the beautiful island of Santa Catalina.…Continue
Added by Tom Courtney on July 2, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
There’s nothing better than exploring the gorgeous Yosemite area than by hiking through it to get closer to nature and the spectacular surroundings. With guided Wawona hiking tours from the Redwoods in Yosemite, you’ll be able to learn about area…Continue
Added by Mike Cooperberg on June 23, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments
This past weekend, Memorial Weekend, my husband and I did the Mt. Tam Circumabulation Inn to Inn. Fantastic.
One quick comment, on the hike from Stinson Beach to Olmea, we encountered some difficulty on the final 1.5 miles. The distinct trail is no longer and after wandering up a hill following the fence, we found a crag outlayer. We turned around and proceeded down the highway into Olmea. Fortunately we stayed at the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge which is located at the…Continue
Added by Kathleen Barber on May 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
There is a string of resorts down the eastern Sierra. Lee Vining to June Lake to Mammoth Lakes to Convict Lake for example. Walkabout, have you considered finding a route over there? Or, do trail (not direct enough) and lodging (booked a year in advance or several-night minimums) limitations make that route unrealistic for now?
The Santa Monica Mountains soar to the sky. The wild beauty of the Pacific and its shoreline fills the senses. Hike rocky shores below steep cliffs, unpopulated secluded beaches, and popular Southern California strands on this 3-day, 32-mile Walkabout. …Continue
Added by Tom Courtney on December 14, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
Hi - Any recommendations regarding this hike? How difficult is it? We're planning to do it in two weeks.
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. The discovery of gold on the American in 1848 brought a…Continue
Added by Tom Courtney on April 16, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments
The guidebooks warn of the fierce weather in Galicia. Storms blow in from the Atlantic bringing wind, cold, rain, and snow. But, the weather for us, in late October, is ideal for hiking - crisp, cool mornings; warm, sunny afternoons. In fact, I had only taken my rain jacket out twice during the six week pilgrimage because of slight drizzle. Now, with the short autumn days, the leaves of oaks, maples, and chestnuts are turning yellow and orange.…Continue
Added by Tom Courtney on November 2, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Leaving the plains of north-central Spain, the pilgrim climbs and decends through the mountains of eastern Leon and into Galicia. As each day passes and the Atlantic Coast draws nearer, the terrain becomes more lush and verdant. Ascending out of Rabanal for 1,000 feet, we reached the highest peak on the Camino, Cruz de Ferr, at 4,938 feet. The trail passes through dense forests of oak, eucalyptus, birch, chestnut, and pine. Climbing out of Villafranca, the trail ascends 1,200 feet, drops…Continue
Added by Tom Courtney on October 29, 2011 at 11:29am — No Comments