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Oceanside to La Jolla, Hiking Inn-to-Inn

Take an easy three day, 28-mile hike along this beautiful stretch of Southern California Coast from Oceanside to La Jolla.  You will join scores of beach lovers on lively, popular strands, then hike long, quiet, and secluded beaches.  Along the way, you’ll visit fun seaside towns with…

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Added by Tom Courtney on April 22, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments

Walkabout the Mendocino Coast

The Mendocino Coast is a land of extraordinary beauty.  Take a romantic two-day, 14.1 mile hike, and explore the lush forests of the coastal range and the headlands on the edge of the rugged, wild Pacific.  Along the way, you’ll visit interesting coastal villages, stay in…

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Added by Tom Courtney on April 20, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Wildflower Hike in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve is a land of rolling hills, forested valleys, beautiful vistas, and in the spring, a magical wildflower wonderland.

The 5,000 acre park connects…

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Added by Tom Courtney on April 1, 2016 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

Hiking Death Valley’s Dante’s Ridge

Our trail snakes along Dante’s Ridge following the crest of the Black Mountains.  Death Valley is a land of contrast.  It is hot in the valleys below but pleasant up here in the mountains.

Many people drive to Dante’s View (5,475 ft.), and some take…

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Added by Tom Courtney on March 22, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hiking the Sonoma Coast

There are few better ways to nourish the spirit than to stroll a hidden beach while the powerful Pacific pounds offshore outcroppings, sending cascades high into the air.  And there are few better places to savor this experience than California’s spectacular Sonoma County Coast.  Take the…

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Added by Tom Courtney on March 7, 2016 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Skiing Mt. Rose's Tahoe Meadows

If you are in the Tahoe-Reno Area and looking for a great place to cross-country ski or snowshoe, it’s hard to beat Tahoe Meadows.  Park your car and head out on a long gradual descent through the wide valley.  You can follow trails made by others or blaze your own, exploring…

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Added by Tom Courtney on February 19, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments

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

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

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