Hiking the California Coastal Trail, Volume Two: Monterey to Mexico

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This second volume of the two book series completes the first guide to the California Coastal Trail (CCT), America's newest, most diverse long distance trail. Volume Two describes more than 600 miles of the CCT from Monterey to the Mexican border in 83 accessible sections. Most sections offer easy day hikes, while six sections offer great backpacking, including the dramatic and rugged Big Sur High Route. Concise but thorough descriptions support 65 detailed original maps by artist Marsha Mello. Each section details how to get there, hike distance, elevation gain/loss, cautions, and facilities available including campgrounds, hostels and lodgings. The guide also covers alternate routes, worthwhile side trails, and river, bay, and harbor crossing information. Thirty-three feature articles discuss history, geology, land use and attractions. Volume Two describes such Coastal Trail highlights as the Monterey Peninsula shore, Del Monte Forest/Pebble Beach, Point Lobos, vast Big Sur, the Hearst Ranch, Montana de Oro State Park, Pecho coast, Nipomo Dunes, Mussel Rock Dunes and Point Sal, Vandenberg coast, Point Conception, Santa Barbara beaches, Point Mugu State Park, Santa Monica Mountains NRA, Malibu coast, Venice Beach, Palos Vereds Peninsula, and the Orange and San Diego County coasts.

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Bob Lorentzen began writing and publishing in 1986 because the regional guidebooks people wanted were not being published. His four Hiker's hip pocket Guides have set a new standard of excellence for trail guides. He's been an active Coastwalk volunteer since 1987. Bob and his family love to explore new country and find new trails. He hiked nearly 300 miles on the CCT Whole Hike of 1996 and about 400 CCT miles researching Volume Two. Bob graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in cCommunity Studies. This is Lorentzen's eighth book

Richard Nichols has been Executive Director of Coastwalk since 1991, a Coastwalk volunteer since 1983. He led the CCT WHole Hike of 1996, walking almost 1200 miles from Oregon to Mexico in 112 days. He has worked on environmental issues in his home town of Sebastopol in rural western Sonoma County for 17 years, including instrumental work in wetlands preservation of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and other land issues.

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"A fine addition to the library of anyone who loves the coast." -- Santa Rosa Press Democrat

"Indispensable to the beach-loving hiker. The hand-drawn maps are remarkable--detailed yet clean." -- San Jose Mercury News

"User-friendly maps, precise directions from writers who've walked their talk." -- San Francisco Chronicle, May 2000

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