We spotlight what is going on up and down the California Coast to complete the CCT, to provide public access and recreation, and to protect the coastal environment. We invite coastal trails and open-space organizations to submit their news as well.

Read here about current progress in posting signs marking the CCT, up and down the state.

Completing the California Coastal Trail Report--two years in the making--available as a download from the State Coastal Conservancy. The 60-page report, mandated by SB 908 of 2001, sets objectives, lists priorities, provides maps and estimates costs for the completion of the CCT by 2008.  Coastwalk played an important role in the report's generation with the Conservancy, Coastal Commission and California State Parks.  Read a synopsis or download the report as a PDF file on this web site; or obtain a copy from the Coastal Conservancy by e-mail to coastaltrail@scc.ca.gov .

Note: for some of the newspaper/media websites, a free registration is required.


Coastal Trail on scenic west bluffs of UCSB campus rebuilt
Santa Barbara Independent  April 24, 2011 

New South Coast Marine Protected Areas report
California Fish and Game Release   January, 2011 
Map of Region

Ventura deals with California's coastal erosion
Los Angeles Times   January 15, 2011

Malibu homeowners' group sues to stop trails and camps
Malibu Times   December 22, 2010

Hike San Diego's San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
SignOn San Diego  November 29, 2010

Coastal Commission and cities at odds over night-time beach curfews
New York Times  November 24, 2010

Private beach easements--maintain them or loose them
Malibu Times  November 24, 2010

Recovery funds & youth used to upgrade 200 miles of Pacific Crest Trail
BLM Press Release November 24, 2010

World trail net begins with Korean Coastal Trail 
The Jeju Weekly November 19, 2010

Rancho Palos Verdes gets grant for 9 miles of Coastal Trail
Contra Costa Times  October 26, 2010

More than 700 people weigh in on So. Cal. Marine Protected Areas
North County Times October 20, 2010

Coastal Commission approves Malibu camping and Public Access Plan
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Press Release  October 2010

The Malibu Times   October 18, 2010 

Progress Report -- Filling the gaps on the Oregon Coastal Tail

Mail Tribure Sept. 2010

Driving (RVing)  the Oregon Coastal Trail -- a personal account
Kelownacapnews.com Sept. 3, 2010

Sections of the Coastal Trail between Tennessee Valley and Muir Beach, south of Pirates Cove, will be closed for several days starting August 30-October 5. The Coastal Fire Road between Coyote Ridge and Pirates Cove will be closed weekdays September 20-28th .  For more specifics

San Diego County moves forward with Coastal Trail
County of San Diego U-Tube release, July 2010

Read the blog of solo CCT hiker Judy Kincheloe

Humboldt County's Hammond Trail officially part of the CCT
Times Standard June 13, 2010

Surfrider Foundation calls for moritorium on off-shore drilling
Foundation action page May 19 2010 

Conserving what's been protected
Santa Rosa Press Democrat April 28, 2010

Montaña de Oro may add Wild Cherry Canyon
San Luis Obispo Tribune April 27, 2010

Santa Barbara County may buy Point Sal Beach land
Lompoc Record April 20, 2010

Stewart Udall dies at 90 -- protected the redwoods and Pt Reyes
Los Angeles Times Mar 21 2010   New York Times Mar 20 2010

Denver-based driller wants Carpenteria voters to overrule city's opposition
The Denver Post Mar 3 2010

State to Dana Point: Take down beach gate

The Orange County Register February 25 2010

New beach hours at Dana Point development alarm users
The LA Times February 15 2010

Habitat Restoration at Coal Oil Point (Santa Barbara) -- volunteer opportunities
Daily Sound January 19 2010

Long awaited stretch of CCT in Fort Bragg one step closer

Ukiah Daily Journal January 11 2010

Port of LA releases waterfront redevelopment timeline, including CCT component
The Log News January 7 2010

Sonoma Land Trust acquisition includes future stretch of CCT
San Francisco Chronicle December 18 2009

Ballona Lagoon Grand Canal restoration -- Volunters getting it done!
Daily Breeze December 26 2009

Take a funicular to the beach?  Yes! -- in Dana Point. 
Orange County Register December 24 2009

Report dismisses problems with building a Santa Cruz coastal rail-trail:
San Jose Mercury News December 23 2009

Laguna Beach receives unexpected gift of 98 acres of Aliso Canyon coastal parkland from Laguna Vista LLC! 
Laguna Beach Independent December 4 2009

Funding sought to expand Montaña de Oro State Park!
San Luis Obispo Tribune November 23 2009

The "other" Coastal Trail (Bay Trail) celebrates 20 Years!
Peninsula -- Palo Alto Daily News November 11 2009

Fishing limitations for So. Cal. Coast - a mixed bag 
Los Angeles Times November 11 2009

Volunteers needed, Nov. 21, for trail work near Vallejo
Contra Coasta Times November 8 2009

Bikeway Village proposed on CCT in San Diego
Sign On San Diego September 3 2009

Wild Cherry Canyon acquisition to add 20 miles to CCT
San Luis Obispo Tribune August 26 2009

Leaders on right path to build CCT
San Diego News Network August 12 2009

Brothers hike CCT to raise money for unemployed
Yuma Sun July 19 2009

State Parks, and CCT, grow with acquisition
San Luis Obispo Tribune December 6 2008

Hiker offers Oregon Trail solutions
Statesman Journal November 27 2008

Pismo Beach homeowner blocking beach access
New Times November 25 2008

Montana de Oro acquisition paves way for 20 miles of CCT
New Times November 13 2008

Del Norte bridge a step towards another stretch of CCT
The Triplicate November 7 2008

Coastal Conservancy expected to approve acquisition for CCT in Avila Beach
San Luis Obispo Tribune October 29 2008

Coastal Trail work raises concern in Moss Beach
Half Moon Bay Reporter October 23 2008

Historic $36 million deal to preserve land in Jenner includes 3 miles of Coastal Trail 
Press Democrat October 10 2008

San Clemente Coastal Trail wins cheers around state
Orange County Register October 3 2008

San Clemente Coastal Trail ten years in the making
San Clemente Times October 2 2008

Work starts on Crescent City stretch of CCT
Daily Triplicate September 27 2008

Humboldt Rail-Trail effort gets infusion
Eureka Times Standard September 26 2008

Conservancy funds expansion of Humboldt stretch of CCT
Eureka Reporter September 25 2008

CCT makes inroads in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Sentinal September 16 2008

First stretch of Bodega Bay CCT opens
Press Democrat September 2 2008

Homeowners dispute potential CCT link in Half Moon Bay
San Mateo County Times  August 4 2008

Plans for 20 Miles of CCT from Los Osos to Avila Beach
SanLuisObispo.com August 4 2008

Nine miles added to CCT in Pismo
Times Press Recorder July 31 2008

Local link in the CCT dedicated
SanLuisObispo.com  July 27 2008

CCT takes a big step
Times Press Recorder July 27 2008

PIsmo Beach signs the CCT
KSBY.com July 25 2008

Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail
Statesman Journal  July 17 2008

Mori Point rehabilitation in progress
Pacifica Tribune  July 16 2008

PG&E opens Pt. Bouchon trail
SanLuisObispo.com July 11 2008

New SLO boardwalk will be link in CCT
SanLuisObispo.com  June 8 2008

Opening of public lands includes plans for link in CCT
Coastal Living  April 30 2008

Chico man dreams of Coastal Trail
ChicoER.com April 29 2008

GGNRA sued for trail access
New York Times  March 18 2008

Sonoma trail access in mediation
Press Democrat  March 16 2008

Hermosa Beach signs the CCT
Daily Breeze March 15 2008

Completing the Coastal Trail in Monterey County
Monterey Herald  February 16 2008

Deal will allow blufftop home to be built if CCT can run across it 
San Luis Obispo.com  January 12 2008

CCT in San Mateo to be extended by Post acquisition
Inside Bay Area December 19 2007

State beach off limits
Los Angeles Times  December 11 2007

San Luis Obispo harbor upgrade involves CCT 
San Luis Obispo.com  November 17 2007

Hammond Trail link in CCT ready
Eureka Reporter October 26, 2007

Mendocino receives grant for Gualala, in line with CCT plan
Eureka Reporter October 21, 2007

Public acquisition of Piedras Blancas adds another link in the CCT 
San Luis Obispo.com  October 20 2007

California Coastal Trail in San Francisco
Sacramento Bee October 18, 2007

Malibu Planning Commission endorses plan for Coastal Slope Trail
Malibu Times October 17 2007

Governor signs bill to name Humboldt trail after Senator Wesley Chesbro
Eureka Reporter October 13, 2007

Schwarzenegger signs AB 1396 - Coastal Trail
The Salinas Californian October 11, 2007

Goleta open space acquisition adds length to Coastal  Trail
Santa Barbara Independent September 20, 2007

Peninsula Open Space Trust buys Half Moon property that includes vital link in Coastal Trail
Coastsider.com August 16, 2007

Locals squabble with State over Big Sur Coastal Trail planning process
Monterey County Weekly August 16, 2007

Trail on Diablo Canyon lands now open to the public
San Luis Obispo Tribute July 14, 2007

Humboldt Bay Trail would close a gap in Coastal Trail
North Coast Journal July 5, 2007

San Leandro gets grant for bay trail
San Jose Mercury News July 5, 2007

Opinion: Community parks for everyone
Half Moon Bay Review June 28, 2007

California rejects Monterey golf course
Los Angeles Times June 14, 2007

Newly accessible Whalers' Cove open to the public
CBS5 June 13, 2007

Port San Luis to link to Coastal Trail
San Luis Obispo Tribute June 3, 2007 

Property owner wins key decision on access
Malibu Surfside News  May 31, 2007

Coastal ranch to stay rural
San Luis Obispo Tribute May 24, 2007

Assembly approves Chesbro trail
Eureka Reporter May 11, 2007

Coastal adventures
Sacramento Bee  May 3, 2007

Feds plan review of coastside lands
The Half Moon Bay Review February 15, 2007 

Enjoying the beach is still easier when you're rich
Torrance Daily Breeze  November 6, 2006

Peninsula group buys land for ridge-to-coast trail
CBS5.com November 4, 2006

New fence blocks coastal access
Coast.com  September 7, 2006

Bay to ocean trail closer to reality
San Jose Mercury News  September 7, 2006

Reclaiming the Hearst coast
San Luis Obispo Tribune August 27, 2006

Ocean water floods Southern California wetlands in restoration effort
San Jose Mercury News  August 24, 2006

Miles of coast given to state for public use
San Francisco Chronicle  July 28, 2006

Coast to crest trailway project in Del Norte County
Coast Curry Pilot July 26, 2006

Kayak trails make backwaters accessible
Desert.com  July 6, 2006

Coastal Conservancy considering funding closure of Hammond Trail gap
Eureka Times-Standard  June 27, 2006

Bulldozers breaking ground in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands
Orange County Register  June 24, 2006

Man travelling coast in boat made of garbage to highlight coastal refuse issues
Orange County Register  June 19, 2006

Pebble Beach golf course plan to be revised
San Jose Mercury News  June 14, 2006

Coastal Commission gives green light to GP permit for old mill site in Ft. Bragg
Fort Bragg Advocate News  May 18, 2006

Half Moon Bay farmer buys coastal acreage from Peninsula Open Space Trust
Inside Bay Area April 18, 2006

Coastwalk receives national grant for Coastal Trail connector
Eureka Times Standard  April 19, 2006

Point Arena becomes Collaborative Partner with California Coastal Trail Monument
BLM California  March 17, 2006

Report could limit Pebble Beach development plans 
Monterey County Herald  March 5, 2006

Coastal Conservancy gives money to acquire Mt. Diablo's Mangini Ranch
East Bay Business Times March 3, 2006

Bolsa Chica Wetlands restoration near completion
Public Affairs Newsline  March 3, 2006

Peninsula Open Space Trust acquires Green Oaks Ranch
POST Website February 21, 2006

Hikers protest Pebble Beach redevelopment project
Monterey County Herald  February 19, 2006

Environmentalists fight spread of vineyards to coast
Napa Valley Register  February 16, 2006

Santa Barbara surfers demanding local beach access
KSBY  February 14, 2006

POST acquires Bluebrush Canyon
POST Website February 6, 2006

Solana Beach to seek local coastal plan
North County Times  January 11, 2006

Monterey beach resort plan faces big hurdles
Monterey County Herald  January 12, 2006

Orange County proposing freeway through San Onofre State Beach
North County Times  December 17, 2005

Sea wall fee is labeled unfair tax
San Diego Union Tribune December 14, 2005

Santa Cruz local transportation district to buy old Union Pacific Rail Line - possible trail
Santa Cruz Sentinel  December 11, 2005

Marin hikers want a trail easement
Pt. Reyes Light  December 8, 2005

Congress expands Golden Gate National Recreation Area on San Mateo coast
San Jose Mercury News  December 7, 2005

Golden Gate National Recreation Area coastal trail receives grant 
San Francisco Examiner  December 5, 2005

Congress approves $750,000 for Ft. Bragg to build Coastal Trail
Fort Bragg Advocate News November 23, 2005

Money allocated to coastal preservation in Santa Barbara County
Lompoc Record  November 20, 2005

New section of Coastal Trail open at Pigeon Point
 San Jose Mercury News, November 5, 2005

Sea to Desert Trail shaping up 
San Diego Union Tribune  November 4, 2005

New Coastal Trail at Pigeon Point brings fears of too much interest
San Mateo County Times November 3, 2005

A 400 mile kayak trip along the California coast
S.F. Chronicle, continuing series: October 2005

Pristine land to open near San Luis Obispo nuclear plant
San Jose Mercury News (subscription)  October 16, 2005

Turnstiles approved for Santa Cruz Boardwalk coastal access
Santa Cruz Sentinel  October 15, 2005

The fate of bluffs and beaches redifined in U.C. San Diego study
 Report--October 12, 2005
 The Los Angeles Times  October 13, 2005

Old saviors of the California coast
San Francisco Chronicle  October 12, 2005

SF Bay water trail
Sacramento Bee  October 11, 2005

Preserving open space in Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz Sentinel  September 30, 2005 

Georgia Pacific returns Indemnity draft for old Ft. Bragg mill site
Fort Bragg Advocate  September 29, 2005

Malibu City Council found to violate Brown Act in development project
The Malibu Times  September 28, 2005

Montara's old Devil Slide road being replaced; it will become coastal trail
The Oakland Tribune  September 19, 2005

Opinion:  Line in the Sand - treating LA's beaches like the public space they are
New York Times  September 14, 2005 

Local group gets $1 million to preserve San Mateo coast
Monterey Herald September 9, 2005

Conservationists vow to keep fighting for Playa Del Rey's West Bluffs
DailyBreeze.com September 9, 2005

Green open spaces valuable to Bay Area
The Epoch Times  September 6, 2005

Local environmentalists eye Tomales Bay RV park
Pt. Reyes Light  September 1, 2005 

San Diego seawalls not needed if beach sand repleneshed
SignonSanDiego.com August 31, 2005

Florida fishing industry "going down fast," thanks to coastal development
Monterey County Herald  August 23, 2005

Lighthouse access trail, beach access permitted
San Mateo Daily Journal  August 11, 2005 

Coastal rail trail to open in Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz Sentinel August 7, 2005

Local road work includes building coastal trail around Monterey Bay
Santa Cruz Sentinel  July 30, 2005

Possible sale of Oceanside city beach property causes concern
North County Times  July 15, 2005

From Rhode Island:  a perspective on public access to the shore
The Narragansett Times July 13, 2005

Coastal Trail plan held up by farmers nervous about public access
San Francisco Examiner July 10, 2005

San Luis Obispo lighthouse renovated in hopes of increasing public access to it
San Luis Obispo Tribune July 7, 2005

Work begins on Sonoma County's Willow Creek trails
Long Beach Press Telegram  June 29, 2005

Cartoon:  Broad Beach homeowners are kicking public's sand into public's eyes
LA Weekly June 24, 2005

Coastwalk's hikes excel at revealing coastline
San Francisco Chronicle June 26, 2005

Local praise for Coastal Commission
SanLuisObispo.com June 24, 2005

Coastal Commission survives challenge to it
San Francisco Chronicle June 24, 2005

Ocean Revolution: Opinion
Santa Cruz Sentinal June 5, 2005

Heal the Bay's 15th Annual Beach Report Card for '04 - '05
Heal the Bay May 26, 2005

Officials grapple with Santa Barbara's crumbling seaside cliffs
UC Santa Barbara Daily Nexus May 25, 2005

Expanded public access on Orange County's Irvine Ranch
Yahoo News May 26, 2005

Conservancy votes to buy back old Ft. Bragg mill site
Ft. Bragg Advocate News May 19, 2005

Barrio residents losing beach access
North County Times May 16, 2005

New section of CCT on Mendocino's Stornetta Ranch
San Francisco Chronicle May 13, 2005

Agreement brings CCT in Trinidad closer to completion
Eureka Times Standard April 15, 2005

Preview of PGE's Diablo Canyon public access trails
Santa Maria Times April 13, 2005

Mid-Peninsula Open Space District's moves to coastal acquisitions may join Bay Area Ridge Trail with California Coastal Trail
San Jose Mercury News April 5, 2005

Plans target Gaviota coast for 20 new homes
Santa Barbara News Press April 4, 2005

Important victory for beach access in New Jersey
Asbury Park Press March 31, 2005

Keeping a balance at Elkhorn Slough
San Francisco Chronicle March 31, 2005

California creates new council to protect ocean
Sacramento Bee March 22, 2005

Funding released for controversial Devil's Slide bypass through mountains
Half Moon Bay Review March 16, 2005

Walking San Francisco's perimeter
San Francisco Chronicle March 13, 2005

U.S. groups decry overfishing in Gulf of California
San Diego Tribune March 8, 2005

Officials discussing linking Monterey public park lands
Monterey County Herald March 3, 2005

Local Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club chapters file lawsuit challenging the Coastal Commission's approval of Dana Point's Local Coastal Plan Amendment
Global Surf News March 1, 2005

Carlsbad trying to put dollar figure on beach use as leverage for federal grants
North County Times February 26, 2005

Peninsula Open Space Trust purchases San Mateo property
Palo Alto Online News February 24, 2005

Fort Bragg, CA wants Coastal Trail to attract tourists
San Francisco Chronicle February 16, 2005

Ranchers not part of CCT land planning
Point Reyes Light February 17, 2005

Wes Chesbro proposes $3 billion bond to improve California parks
Eureka Times Standard, February 12, 2005

Coastal environment website launched by State Resources Agency and Corps of Engineers
California Sediment Management Workgroup

Deal struck to buy former Gillette Ranch - "gateway to Santa Monica Mountains"
Los Angeles Daily News, February 13, 2005

City of Pacifica may receive grant to build bluff-top trail and park
Pacifica Tribune, January 26 2005

Legislative Analyst's Office report offers way to improve coastal access
San Diego Union Tribune, January 20 2005

Congressman Lantos bill would increase San Mateo portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a national park
San Mateo County Times, January 25 2005
 
Monterey County's Pebble Beach plan revisited
Monterey Herald News, January 24 2005

The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival takes a look at the world's oceans and their inhabitants from a variety of perspectives.
San Francisco Chronicle, January 23 2005

Officials and an environmental group want to purchase only private development along Hearst oceanfront
San Luis Obispo Tribune, December 3 2004

Electorate votes $2.4 billion for land use protection
  USA Today, November 11 2004

Coastal panel may reject Bolsa Chica deal
  Long Beach Press-Telegram, September 29 2004

Pair's 1,800-mile coastal trek nears end
  Contra Costa Times, September 27 2004

Couple walks entire Pacific Coast trail. 
  Long Beach Press-Telegram, September 22 2004

Reflections of a coastal stakeholder. 
 Sacramento Bee, Opinion, September 19 2004

High-rises planned on Richmond toxic site near shoreline.
  San Francisco Chronicle, August 31 2004

Purchase preserves 120 acres in coastal San Mateo County.
  San Jose Mercury News, August 24 2004

Wildlife Conservation Board approves Hearst Deal.
  San Francisco Chronicle, August 13 2004

Hiker walks California Coastal Trail from border to border.
  Curry Coastal Pilot, August 14 2004

Hikers speed, fires retard spread of sudden oak death, researchers report.
 
New Scientist, August 10, 2004

Wave-action power generation may be tested on Humboldt coast.
  
San Francisco Chronicle, August 3, 2004

First public presentation of the State's acquisition of Heart Ranch property earns mixed reviews. 
  Monterey Herald/Associated Press, July 16, 2004

Pelicans starving along the Southern California coast. Unknown cause creates emergency situation.
 
eMediaWire, June 15, 2004

Can you afford a night on the coast?  And other provoking articles in the new issue of Coast & Ocean

High tech mapping of the California Coast.  As reported by KSWB, April 15, 2004.

Coastal Commission approves $5.5 million plan for coastal trail through San Clemente. 
  Associated Press, April 15, 2004.


 L
and trusts and non-profit foundations preserving the California coast for the public. 
  Contra Coasta Times, Mar. 21, 2004

Planners remove coastal access from Diablo project.   In a 3-0 vote, with two members absent, the [San Luis Obispo County planning] commission removed requirements to enhance public access to the coast around the plant as a condition for building the waste facility.  Planning staff proposed requiring the utility to pay $12 million for improved coastal access at Port San Luis and guarantee further coastal access after the plant closes in 20 to 40 years.   David Weisman of Morro Bay, representing the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, said the group will appeal the decision to the Board of Supervisors and eventually to the state Coastal Commission.  SLO Tribune, February 27, 2004.

Group sues to remove western snowy plover from endangered species list.  
  San Jose Mercury News, February 5, 2004

Fines from 1998 oil spill off San Mateo to aid restoration of coastal trail.  
  Oakland Tribure, February 4, 2004 and view the case record.

Global Warming--coastal planners and advocates need to be aware.  This century will see a 1-3 foot increase in the ocean's height.  This will affect the coastal landscape, wetlands and habitat, structures, parks and trails, and even our water supply.  These factors are all considered in the Autumn 2003 issue of Coast & Ocean Magazine, the second issue of the magazine--the first was in 1989--entirely dedicated to this problem.  The issue, gu

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