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Experience the California Coast

A Guide to Beaches and Parks in Northern California: Counties Included: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin

California Coastal Commission (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 320 pages
ISBN: 9780520245402
November 2005
$34.95, £27.00
The shoreline between California's Golden Gate and the Oregon border offers an endless variety of coastal attractions: soft white sand and coarse pebble beaches, forests of Sitka spruce and fields of California poppies, redwood glades and crashing surf, lighthouses and whales. This easy-to-use, up-to-date, comprehensive guidebook, packed with information on every page, tells you where to go in coastal northern California, how to get there, what facilities to expect, and what you can do at each location. The guide's gorgeous color photographs, topographical maps, and abundant information on natural history and the environment make it the perfect guide to pack along on any excursion to the coast of northern California for hikers, picnickers, campers, surfers, divers, wheelchair users, birders, boaters, kayakers, anglers, and travelers.

* Includes a comprehensive list of more than 300 beaches, parks on or near the coast, and paths to the shoreline

* Features more than 300 full-color photographs, 49 detailed maps, and charts that provide information on facilities, attractions, coastal environments, access for the disabled, and more

* Lists recreational outfitters, including fishing boat services, kayak and surfboard rentals, and riding stables

* Gives information on hostels; campgrounds in national, state, and local parks; and private campground facilities

* Introduces the coast's major environments, including beaches, rocky shoreline, and the redwood forest, and highlights the plants, animals, and birds that can be seen in each

Oregon Border to Point St. George
Smith River Area
Crescent City
Crescent City Harbor
Crescent Beach to Lagoon Creek
Klamath River South

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park/Elk Meadow
Redwood Creek to Big Lagoon
Patrick’s Point/Trinidad
Little River State Beach to Arcata
North Spit/Humboldt Bay
South Spit/Humboldt Bay
Eel River Valley South
Mattole River/King Range
Shelter Cove

King Range/Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
Westport to Seaside Creek
Ten Mile River/MacKerricher State Park
Fort Bragg
Jug Handle State Reserve/Russian Gulch State Park
Town of Mendocino
Van Damme State Park to Navarro River
Elk to Manchester State Beach
Point Arena to Hearn Gulch
Anchor Bay/Gualala

Gualala Point Regional Park to Stewarts Point
Salt Point to Ocean Cove
Stillwater Cove to Russian Gulch
Russian River/Willow Creek
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Bodega Bay

Tomales/Dillon Beach
Tomales Bay/East Shore
Point Reyes Station
Inverness/Tomales Bay State Park
Tomales Point/Point Reyes Lighthouse
Limantour Beach/Olema/Bear Valley
Bolinas Lagoon/Stinson Beach
Mount Tamalpais State Park/Muir Beach
Marin Headlands

Caring for the Coast
Redwood Forest
Redwood National and State Parks
Rivers and Streams
Bays and Estuaries
Geology of the Coast
Cliffs and Bluffs
Ponds and Lakes
Pygmy Forest
Colors of the Coast
The Ocean
Islands and Offshore Rocks
Coastal Prairie
Rocky Shore and Nearshore Waters
Coastal Erosion
Waves and Tides
Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones
National Marine Sanctuaries
San Andreas Fault
Bishop Pine Forest
Protecting Coastal Resources

Coastal Management Agencies
More than thirty years ago California voters approved an initiative that led to the creation of the California Coastal Commission. Later, the California Coastal Act of 1976 established the Commission as a permanent state agency with a mission to protect, maintain, and enhance the quality of the coastal environment. One of the Commission's principal goals is to maintain public access and public recreational opportunities along the coast in a way consistent with environmental preservation. Experience the California Coast: A Guide to Beaches and Parks in Northern California, created with these objectives in mind, will prove indispensable to anyone with a desire to explore the magnificent diversity of California's coast.
“Marvelous. . . . Comprehensive and authoritative.”—Shore & Beach
“A delightful, richly informed, and user-friendly guide to the Pacific shoreline from the Oregon border to the Golden Gate. Nobody who lives in this area or means to visit it should be without a copy. The compact format makes it easy to stash in a glove compartment or backpack. . . . This volume . . . is a treasure.”—RG California Coast & Ocean
“What ultimately sets this book apart from other guides to the California coast are its special features: brief essays and beautiful color photographs on everything from the formation of dunes to the San Andreas Fault. Given that California is a major international tourist destination, this comprehensive, detailed, and informative book should be a primary purchase.”—Library Journal
“Everyone who loves to explore our coastline will want a copy of ‘Experience the California Coast’. . . It’s much more than a guide to where to go and what to see. . . . Its attractiveness makes it easy to page through and dip in here and there for camping trips, cliff hikes and beachcombing. . . . More importantly, it’s packed with just the kind of information you need to make all the correct turns. . . . On the meatier side are the picture-text identification guides to flora and fauna in each section, along with environmental comments and historical remarks. . . . Concise editing and organization make this guide easy to use. . . . It’s so good that if you buy one for a holiday gift, you’ll want a second for yourself.”—Staff Writer Sacramento Bee
"This guide captures the tremendous variety of things to see and do along the dramatic expanse of coastline from Marin County up to the Oregon border. It's presented in a well-written, easy-to-use style, making it a reference that's just as interesting as it is practical. This is a must-have for anyone looking to explore the Northern California coast."—Doug McConnell, Host and Senior editor of KRON 4's Bay Area Backroads

"This book is essential reading for anyone who plans to visit California's northern coast. Whether you're a nature lover or history buff, fascinated by Native American culture or interested in California's complex geology, or if you just can't get enough of the coast, Experience the California Coast has information that everyone can learn from and enjoy. And perhaps most importantly, after reading this book, one can't help but have a greater sense of stewardship for this incredible natural resource."–Mark Gold, Executive Director, Heal the Bay

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