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The Why and How
Californians love and value their coast, and the California Coastal Trail is an expression of the desire for preservation and responsible access. Read about the efforts to complete the Trail and how  you can get involved today.
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News articles about the California coast and CCT from the current media.

Coast and Ocean magazine ceased publication with its Autumn '09 issue.  Visit the archives of  25-years' articles from California's outstanding coastal news source.

Blog: California Coastal Views
   Visit the blogosphere for articles, hikes and photos along the California coast and Coastal Trail. 

Guides to the California Coast from Del Norte to San Diego, coastal guide books from the California Coastal Commission.

Photos of the coast from the California Records Project. New, Northern California survey and Pt. Reyes lighthouse.

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Completing the California Coastal Trail-SB908 Report
Try one of our favorite hikes along the coast.This month's featured hike is the Montaña de Oro Bluffs Trail.
California Coastal Trail markerMarking the California Coastal Trail.  Coastwalk, in partnership with the California Coastal Conservancy and California State Parks, has launched a major effort to mark the California Coastal Trail with its new insignia (at left).

See information on where the Trail has been marked, how many miles have been marked and more, here.

Building community support for the Trail is a central goal of the Insignia Project.  Trail markers provide, in many cases, an invidual's first inkling that a beloved local trail is part of the larger network of trails comprising the California Coastal Trail.  Signage events can also be community-building events, where locals come together to celebrate and steward their stretch of Trail, while meeting like-minded neighbors.

To date, insignia have been installed in San Luis Obispo at the Fiscalini Ranch’s Bluffs Trail, on portions of the Trail in the Lost Coast area of Mendocino and Humboldt, on the Kortum Trail in Sonoma County, on the Hammond Trail in Humboldt and at MacKerricher State Beach and Pudding Creek Trestle in Fort Bragg, Mendocino County. 

California Coastal Trail Planning & Project Manager Rue Furch will focus primarily on insignia installations over the next year. She plans to sign local segments of the Trail up and down the entire state and is currently working out the details for signage events in Southern California, Del Norte and the Central Coast.  Check this page and the Coastwalk website for more information as plans become solidified.

Now is the time to contact Rue Furch if you are interested in getting a segment of the CCT signed in your community next year. You can also check the Coastwalk website for more information.

Photo courtesy Phil Hann


Photo courtesy Big Bottom Photos

Sam Schuchat
Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer, California Coastal Conservancy cutting ribbon at trailhead of the newly completed Fiscalini Ranch's Bluffs Trail(Photo courtesy San Luis Obispo Tribune

About the insignia: In its basic form, the iconic wave in a circle of blue is imprinted on 4 inch by 4 inch squares of aluminum. These will be set on posts or incorporated into informative trail signs posted along the Coastal Trail by State Parks and others agencies. Other forms of the emblem can also be used in special circumstances. The Conservancy has prepared a brochure that explains the choice of the spiral-symbol and provides guidelines for its use; it can be read here as a PDF document. For more information about the Conservancy’s posting of the signs, one can contact Tim Duff (tduff@scc.ca.gov).
For more information about the Conservancy’s role in completing the California Coastal Trail and posting of trail signs, contact Tim Duff, Project Manager, California Coastal Conservancy, 1330 Broadway, 13th floor, Oakland, CA  94612; (510) 286-1015; tduff@scc.ca.gov.

Coastwalk thanks the California Coastal Conservancy, Coastal Commission and State Parks for their encouragement and support.
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