Coastal Issues

Day Hike Calendar


    After years of hard work by the Coastwalk Board, volunteers and staff, the California Coastal Trail has attained national recognition as the official representative for California as a Millennium Legacy Trail.
    The Millennium Legacy Trail Program recognizes one trail in each of the 50 states to represent the essence and spirit of that state.
    To celebrate the Millennium, the White House, under First Lady Hillary Clinton, created a series of cultural programs to take place through the year 2000. The Millennium Trails Program, a partnership of the White House Millennium Council, Department of Transportation, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, recognizes the value of trails, their contributions to America's history, and the legacies they create for future generations.
    The Coastwalk Board of Directors, supported by State Parks, the Coastal Conservancy and Coastal Commission, nominated the California Coastal Trail as the state's representative. On September 2nd 1999 Governor Davis selected the CCT to represent California as the Millennium Legacy Trail.
    To celebrate this wonderful recognition for the CCT, Coastwalk will sponsor a variety of special events during the coming year.
    The first event "Stepping out for the California Coastal Trail," is on June 3rd in San Francisco.


    Celebrate designation of the CCT as California's MILLENNIUM LEGACY TRAIL with walk across GOLDEN GATE and Events at Baker Beach ON SATURDAY, JUNE 3---National Trails Day.
    All the information below under San Francisco Day Hikes!!

    Richard Nichols
    Coastwalk Executive Director


    PARK BOND BILL Approved by California Voters on March 7th---$5 Million for CCT!!: Congratulations to everyone for a very successful effort on the largest park bond in California's history. Thanks to your support, the $2.1 billion Park and Open Space Bond Act (AB 18-- Villaraigosa-Keeley) passed. Thanks to your grassroots support, this bill has bi-partisan support.

    This bond act will help reinvest in protecting California's environment by making park, coastal, river and wildlife funding a priority for the state. The preservation of California's open space directly benefits each Californian and our economy. General obligation bonds have been indispensable to our State Park system during the past three decades. Accelerating land values in that period would have put many significant land acquisition opportunities beyond the state's reach were it not for the voters' repeated willingness to authorize bond financing. Bond financing is a way of assuring that the State Park system expands to meet demands created by California's population growth.


    CALIFORNIA COASTWATCHER--meetings of the Coastal Commission.
    CoastWatcher is a monthly publication that chronicles the proceedings of the California Coastal Commission. Written by Mark Massara, it is a publication of the Sierra Club's Coastal Program.


  • Day Hike Calendar


    Stepping out for the California Coastal Trail

    SATURDAY, JUNE 3---National Trails Day---celebrate the naming of the California Coastal Trail as California’s Millennium Legacy Trail. Coastwalk is leading a walk from the Marin headlands, across the Golden Gate Bridge, to Baker Beach on the San Francisco headlands. Bring a lunch to eat at Baker Beach during the festivities. Listen to speakers, poets and music. Beverages and light refreshments will be provided.

    Speakers: incl. David Brower, former head of the Sierra Club and a proclamation sponsored by California State Representative Virginia Strom-Martin),

    Live music: by folksinger Joanne Rand

    Poetry and prose readings: a.o. reading from Robinson Jeffers by Michael Shorb, sponsored by the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, by the San Francisco poet Maya Khosla, and by Rebecca Solnit, author of Wanderlust, A History of Walking. Ms Solnit is one of the founders of Walk San Francisco.

    Gather at 9:30 a.m. at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. from the junction of Conzelman and McCullough Rds on the Marin Headlands. It moves across the GG bridge on the east sidewalk to the south plaza, crosses under the highway, and continues west along the Coastal Trail to Battery Chamberlin at Baker Beach. The walk reaches Baker Beach at noon and the proclamation ceremony begins at 12:30, after lunch. Participants receive refreshments. The event ends at 2:00 p.m. after which walkers may walk back across bridge to cars or board a bus.

    TRANSPORTATION: Private cars may park at the north end of the bridge in parking lot on west side of the bridge. Walkers then walk up the hill to beginning of the hike, or can get a shuttle to starting point

    Buses: Coastwalk is reserving buses, to run from three locations: Santa Rosa, Oakland, and San Mateo. For $7, ride a bus and get a free commemorative T-shirt! To reserve your space on a bus telephone the Coastwalk Office at 800-550-6854.

    COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRTS: T-Shirts specially designed for this occasion will be on sale at Baker Beach. Bus riders receive a free T-shirt.

    SPONSORS: Thanks to our sponsors, AMEX Corporation, California Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Coastal Conservancy and the California Coastal Commission. The Robinson Jeffers Reading is sponsored by the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation.



    Sunday, May 7, 10am, 5 miles. Torrey Pines Reserve bluff hike will feature the beautiful flowers and gorgeous bluff habitats of the rare Torrey Pine. Meet at the Torrey Pines Golf Course parking lot. For information and confirmation call Charlotte at 858-755-3699.



    Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16. Marin Trail Maintenance weekend at Point Reyes National Seashore. Meet Saturday at 9 am at the red barn at Point Reyes Visitor Center for a day of trail maintenance. Bring lunch and water; gloves and tools will be provided. If you want to camp, bring camping gear and a potluck dish to share. BBQ oysters will be provided. On Sunday meet at Tomales Bay State Park at 9:30 am for a half day of trail work. Come for one day or both days. For information and RSVP call Lou Wilkinson, 415-332-0206, or e-mail Lou at



    For these hikes, call the listed hike leader for information and confirmation about the hike, or call Zeno Swijtink at (707) 823-1726 or email him at Hikers need sturdy shoes, no sandals; bring lunch and water. Binoculars are suggested as well.

    Sunday, June 4, 10:00 am. Goat Rock to Gleason Beach. Park along Hwy 1 at Gleason Beach for a leaderless carpool to trailhead at Goat Rock. Explore picturesque Blind Beach and hike the Kortum Trail along the marine terrace with interpreter Richard Nichols and hike leader Beverley Backstrom. For hike information and confirmation call Zeno Swijtink at (707) 823-1726.

    Thursday, June 8, 8 am. Doran Beach to Estero Americano. For an adventurous early morning hike at low tide as far as one can go along the beach with interpreter Kelly Kjeldsen (SSU algologist), meet at Doran Beach. Parts of this hike are accessible only at low tide. For details and confirmation call hike leader Linda Hanes at (707) 823-9781 or e-mail to



    Saturday, June 3 at 9:30 AM: Solstice Canyon hike (S.M. Mountains). Easy but with some moderate-steep climbing; 2 hrs. Hike through chaparral, along a stream to a trickle of a waterfall, past two quite different historical sites. 4 mi. Bring water and good shoes. Optional picnic at end of hike. Turn right from Pacific Coast Highway, 2.2 mi. north of Malibu Canyon Rd into Corral Canyon Rd. Park entrance is 0.4 mi on left; meet at picnic area. Free. Rain cancels. For info., Ed, (818) 349-5755.