416 pages, 367 colour photos, 172 colour maps
From the majestic redwoods and rocky shores in the north to the palm trees and wide, sandy beaches in the south, the California coast, is an area of unsurpassed beauty and diversity. This thoroughly revised and expanded 7th edition of the California Coastal Access Guide is an essential travel handbook for both new and seasoned visitors exploring California's majestic 1,271-mile shoreline. With up-to-date maps and information, it is an invaluable travel guide for all coastal visitors – beachgoers, hikers, campers, swimmers, divers, surfers, anglers, and boaters – detailing where to go, how to get there, and what facilities and environment to expect.
The 7th edition features:
- Information on more than 1150 public access areas
- Descriptions of campgrounds, trails, recreation areas, and visitor centers
- Addresses, directions, and phone numbers
- Information on wheelchair-accessible trails and facilities
- Easy-to-read charts listing facilities and amenities
- More than 170 color maps showing roads, trails and topography
- More than 360 color photographs
"Nothing less than a bible [...] The guide is no doubt the most comprehensive look at California's coastline published to date."
– Oakland Tribune
"Wonderfully detailed maps. The graphics are clean, the design so clear that the book is splendidly easy to use."
– Los Angeles Times
"A mandate becomes a masterpiece."
– Santa Barbara News Press
"If you love to hike the coastline, visit tidepools, or simply get your feet wet in the surf, make a place on your shelf for the latest edition [...] "
– Bay Nature
"The release of the latest book comes as welcome news [...] an invaluable resource."
– Sunset Magazine
"This mainstream publication does a good job of integrating access information throughout the book."
– Emerging Horizons
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The California Coastal Commission was created by the voters of California, who adopted an initiative measure in 1972 that formed the Commission and gave it broad powers to plan and protect the coast. 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 maximize public access and public recreational opportunities along the coast in a manner consistent with environmental preservation.