Experience the California Coast: A Guide to Beaches and Parks in Northern California

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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

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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

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Editorial Reviews

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The California coast between San Francisco and the Oregon border offers some of the most dazzling scenes on the Pacific shoreline. This information-packed, fully illustrated guidebook provides essential information on North California coastline facilities, attractions, hostels, campgrounds, coastal environments, access for the disabled and much. With more than 300 full-color photographs and 49 detailed maps and charts, Experience the California Coast points the way to more than 300 beaches, parks, and paths.
Shore & Beach
“Marvelous. . . . Comprehensive and authoritative.”
Library Journal
Despite their location in the nation's most populous state, the beaches of many Northern California counties are still havens of peace and solitude. This outstanding guide describes in detail many of the beaches, parks, and nature preserves found in the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, and Marin. Names such as Horse Mountain Beach, Jug Handle State Reserve, and Little Jackass Creek recall the Wild West days of California, but the areas listed nonetheless offer plenty of contemporary amenities (comprehensively detailed here): kayak rentals, picnic facilities, equestrian accommodations, and much more. Also included here are driving directions, telephone contacts, and information on handicapped accessibility. But 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.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520245402
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2005
  • Series: Experience the California Coast Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,484,170
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

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

HUMBOLDT COUNTY
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
Eureka
South Spit/Humboldt Bay
Eel River Valley South
Mattole River/King Range
Shelter Cove

MENDOCINO COUNTY
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

SONOMA COUNTY
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

MARIN COUNTY
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
Bolinas Lagoon/Stinson Beach
Mount Tamalpais State Park/Muir Beach
Marin Headlands

FEATURES
Caring for the Coast
Redwood Forest
Redwood National and State Parks
Rivers and Streams
Bays and Estuaries
Geology of the Coast
Cliffs and Bluffs
Dunes
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
Beaches
Protecting Coastal Resources

Afterword
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Coastal Management Agencies
Bibliography

Index

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