Now with 32,000 copies sold, our most popular book details all public trails on and near the coast between Gualala/Sea Ranch in northwestern Sonoma County and Chemise Mountain on the southern Lost Coast. Thirty-two years after our first edition, a wealth of new trails and abundant changes on the original trails make this the most essential new edition in years. Includes all the classic hikes, plus essential updates to our marvelous Mendo coast cornucopia of trails.
The new trails covered include Fort Bragg's Coastal Trail at Noyo Headlands State Park, four trails in the vast Big River State Park, new trails at Montgomery Woods State Reserve, Usal’s fine new Peter Douglas Trail at Shady Dell, Caspar Uplands Trail, Cypress Abbey Trail north of Pt. Arena and Stornetta Ranch units of California Coastal National Monument, many other short links in the Mendocino Coast Coastal Trail: Newport/Kibesillah Trail, Caspar Headlands to Caspar Beach, Navarro Point Preserve, and many more updates and changes.
The "What Kind of Trail Are You Looking For?" section after the Contents makes it easy to find the hikes you want: Fifteen Trails Not to Miss, Trails with Wheelchair Access, Trails Where Dogs Are Allowed, Trails for Backpacking, Trails for Mountain Bikes, Trails for Equestrians, Trails for Joggers, and Canoe/Kayak Access. Appendix includes Common & Scientific Names of nearly 300 Plants Along the Trails.
Includes trails from easy walks to challenging backpacks and everything in between. Many more trails open to dogs, improved ADA access, improved easy-to-read maps.
About the Author
Bob Lorentzen has written several acclaimed books on California and its trails. He is the founder of Bored Feet Press, which has published all of his books, plus trail guides by Sharon Giacomazzi and Ken Stanton. Lorentzen still loves to find new trails and explore new country. His home for the past 25 years has been at the headwaters of Digger Creek on the Mendocino Coast. Spiritually, the Sierra Nevada is his second home.
"Trail guides are a literary form all their own. Most will get you where you want to go. The most artful of the genre, however, will change your perception of a place for forever. You may even find yourself reading an especially inspired trail guide over and over like a beloved novel. ...
With 33 years of sharing his passion and thousands of miles under his boots, it is no surprise that Lorentzen has the heart of a poet. Thanking the late Edward Abbey for his inspiration, Lorentzen echoes Abbey’s insistence that experiencing and loving the natural world is “the elixir of happiness, a key to a long and happy, rewarding life.” Mother Nature awaits, he reminds us, “and in her embrace, we can be healed.” Jeanne Wirka, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 9, 2019.