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San Francisco to Half Moon Bay - Hiking Inn-to-Inn

From San Francisco’s Cliff House, Ocean Beach beckons.  Broad and flat, it stretches as far as you can see, disappearing into the mist.  Stride out on 9 miles of uninterrupted beach to start this 30-mile, 4-day walkabout.  Urban life fades as you hike a coast that is extraordinarily wild.

     Hike miles of…

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Added by Tom Courtney on November 2, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Hiking Carson Pass to Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes

Driving across the Sierra Nevada Mountains and need to stretch your legs?  Take this short and beautiful High Sierra hike to two pretty alpine lakes.

We hiked this trail in late July.  It was still spring time in the high country.  The wildflowers were spectacular, and they should continue into late…

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

Hiking Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is the jewel of the Italian Riviera.  Rugged mountains plunge to the Ligurian Sea where five medieval coastal villages, each with its own dialect and identity, enchant visitors.  Come for the swimming, the sun, the wine, and for hiking.

The car-free villages are connected by a web of trails.  They…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 19, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Kayaking in the Sierra’s Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

Gliding peacefully across Utica Reservoir, high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Boulders, deep below the surface catch the morning sun in the clear waters.  An osprey circles overhead, intently searching for breakfast.  Our kayaks and paddles are all that disturbs the still surface.

Three easily accessed lakes…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 5, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Day Hike Deep Into Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness is a land of spectacular beauty.  Soaring peaks of granite, honeycombed with scores of lakes, it towers over the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe.  This High Sierra Nevada, 7 mile round-trip hike takes you to Lake Aloha and the heart of Desolation Wilderness.

Leave Hwy. 50 at Echo summit and…

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Added by Tom Courtney on June 24, 2016 at 10:59am — No Comments

Hiking el Camino de Santiago de Compostela

At a communal dinner, the night before we are to set out, our host asks us to each say why we are walking el Camino de Santiago. Everyone has a reason, usually a life change – recovering from a recent divorce, mourning the loss of a loved one, frustration with a job and the need for change, trying to figure out what to do with one’s…

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Added by Tom Courtney on May 28, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

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 great dining and entertainment.…

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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 charming inns, and enjoy sumptuous cuisine.…

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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 Mt.…

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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 a short hike, walking south from the parking area to…

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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 Kortum Trail as it snakes for five miles along coastal…

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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 the meadows or the surrounding mountains.…

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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 splayed along the sandy peninsula.…

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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 we were alone.  There is solitude and a deep connection…

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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 season.  The crowds had thinned, the air was clear, and views…

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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 with each days route with a link to walkwithGPS.com and the hotels I stayed at ...I Just dropped stuff off at…

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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

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