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Año Nuevo State Park – Hiking Among the Elephant Seals

Hundreds of northern elephant seals line Año Nuevo Beach – babies crying, mothers snorting, giant males roaring and defending their territory.  Mostly they are resting between birthing, nursing, mating and fighting, densely…

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Added by Tom Courtney on February 15, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Calaveras Big Trees – Winter in the Sequoias

We glide effortlessly, cross-country skiing in Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  Branches sag, heavy with snow.  The air is crisp, and woods quiet.  After leaving the visitor center parking lot, it took only ten minutes before…

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Added by Tom Courtney on January 27, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Bryce Canyon – a Winter Wonderland

Add Bryce Canyon National Park to your bucket list for spectacular winter beauty, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. We visited in late December.  A blanket of snow brought a peacefulness that was a contrast to the busy summer…

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Added by Tom Courtney on January 12, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cosumnes River Preserve – A Birding Paradise

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.…

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Added by Tom Courtney on January 4, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Marin Coast Walkabout - A Trail Change

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…

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Added by Tom Courtney on December 8, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Inn to Inn Hike around Marin

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…

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Added by Dave Dryer on November 23, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments

from Pacific Beach to Shelter Island Yacht Basin

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…

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Added by Carla E on September 12, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

The hike

tim and i are doing what the book says is the last leg of the 200 mile Southern California coastline, La Jolla to Mexico border. We hiked La Jolla to Pacific Beach today and we're staying our first night in a Hostel that fronts the beach. Of course, we're the oldest people here. Lots of Europeans and all young. We ate at a Thai restaurant we've eaten at before...yummy...and you can bip across the street to buy beer or wine to bring back and enjoy with dinner. Lunch, where the author recommended… Continue

Added by Carla E on September 10, 2015 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Airport to LA Jolla

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

Transitioning to Retirement with a Walkabout

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…

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Added by Marjorie Hurd on July 23, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments

Malibu to Mexico

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

Added by Janene Freitas on August 16, 2014 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

San Clemente to Oceanside

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…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 22, 2014 at 7:55am — 4 Comments

Newport Beach to San Clemente: Hiking Inn to Inn from Malibu to Mexico

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…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 16, 2014 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Santa Catalina to Newport Beach: Walkabout Malibu to Mexico

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.…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 3, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Santa Monica to Santa Catalina: Inn to Inn Hiking on the SoCal Coast

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.…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 2, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Guided Hikes to Truly Experience Yosemite

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…

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Added by Mike Cooperberg on June 23, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments

Mt. Tam

Hi,

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…

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Added by Kathleen Barber on May 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Eastern Sierra

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?

Added by jeff bodington on August 15, 2013 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

Exploring the Malibu Coast

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. …

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Added by Tom Courtney on December 14, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Query re hiking from Truckee to Squaw to Tahoe City

Hi - Any recommendations regarding this hike? How difficult is it? We're planning to do it in two weeks.

Thanks! Katie

Added by Katharine Keller on June 19, 2012 at 9:11am — 1 Comment

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