California is arguably one of the top destinations for hikers. Simply stated it is a hiker's paradise. Perhaps, no place in the world can boast of such a stunning variety of scenery. From breathtaking alpine landscapes, exotic deserts, lush coastal mountains and pristine beaches, California's incredibly diverse landscape is beyond compare.
California also offers some of the best weather for hiking. It doesn't matter what time of year, you can always find great hiking weather. If its too cold or snowy in the mountains, the Central Valley or Desert regions will provide optimum conditions. When the Desert gets to hot....you can always retreat the cool crispness of the mountains. And almost year round....California's 1000 miles of coastline offer spectacular views of the Pacific.
Californians love and value their coast, and the California Coastal Trail is an expression of the desire for preservation and responsible access. The Trail is a network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians and wheelchair riders and other along the 1200 mile California coastline. It is currently more than half complete. Coastwalk California is a volunteer organization that advocates for completion of the Trail.
California Coastal Trail.info offers a complete Hiker’s Guide including detail maps, information, favorite hikes, ways to volunteer and inspirational stories of 10 hikers that that hiked from Oregon to Mexico in the summer 0f 2003.
Here are quick links for each Coastal Region