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Day Hikes on the CA Central Coast

The California coast has some of the most diverse and scenic geography in the state. Day Hikes on the California Central Coast is a comprehensive guide that provides access to 120 of the most picturesque and rewarding day hikes in the coastal counties of Monterey (including Big Sur), San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. Emphasis is placed on outstanding views and the incredible diversity of scenery along this section of the scalloped California coast.

Highlights include oceanfront bluffs and rocky promontories, coves and tidepools, white sand beaches, sand dunes with freshwater lakes, cool stream-fed canyons and waterfalls, redwood forests, mountain peaks and ridges, wildlife sanctuaries, historical sites, and a cliffside lighthouse.

Both visitors and residents will benefit from this guide’s clear directions to the area’s best day hikes. Easy to moderate hikes accommodate every level of experience.

Each hike includes:

  • detailed map
  • accurate driving and hiking directions
  • distance/time/elevation statistics
  • list of relevant maps
  • summaries to help hikers find a trail appropriate to their ability and desire
  • several overall maps to show the hikes in the greater area




Last Updated: Thursday, August 7, 2014