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California Coastal Trail

Border to Border: A Quick Overview of the California Coastal Trail

Depending who you are, the California coast can mean many things: a weekend spot for rest and relaxation, a view that offers beauty and drama bundled into one, an opportunity to disconnect from technology and ride some waves. No matter your reason, visitors have probably crossed one of the state's most notable trails on the way to the sand, whether they knew it or not.

The California Coastal Trail got its start over four decades ago when voters approved a ballot measure protecting the Golden State's largest asset: its coastline. That resounding "yes!" paved the path for more protection, including one that formally set sights on the longtime dream of many to build a trail along the whole coast.

Still a works in progress, the CCT may someday become as recognizable as other American routes that don recognizable acronyms, like the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) and AT (Appalachian Trail). It deserves that even if it's not in the rugged backcountry with snow-capped peaks to climb. After all, some 1,200 miles within the sight, sound, or smell of the Pacific Ocean, flanked by hundreds of unique communities and an unending amount of enthusiastic visitors, is a worthy trip for anyone's bucket list.

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Crescent City Harbor Trail
Episode
6:28
California Coastal Trail

Crescent City Harbor Trail

Del Norte County is home to the cleanest river in the continental U.S., the Smith River.
Season 1 Episode 44
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Episode
5:26
California Coastal Trail

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park hosts sea-side bluffs above ancient redwoods.
Season 1 Episode 43
Connecting Communities on the Humboldt Bay Trail
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6:03
California Coastal Trail

Connecting Communities on the Humboldt Bay Trail

The Humboldt Bay Trail is a network of trails that will connect Humboldt's largest cities.
Season 1 Episode 42
Haul Road: MacKerricher State Park
Episode
5:59
California Coastal Trail

Haul Road: MacKerricher State Park

The Fort Bragg Coastal Trail sees as many as 12,000 people per day on holiday weekends.
Season 1 Episode 41
Restoring Coastal Access at Noyo Headlands Park
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6:48
California Coastal Trail

Restoring Coastal Access at Noyo Headlands Park

In Fort Bragg, California, an industrial mill site closed off the coastline for 150 years.
Season 1 Episode 40
Pelican Bluffs and The Art of Trail Design
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6:55
California Coastal Trail

Pelican Bluffs and The Art of Trail Design

The Mendocino Land Trust has just completed the two-mile Pelican Bluffs Trail.
Season 1 Episode 39
The Sea Ranch: An Environmentally-Planned Community
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7:58
California Coastal Trail

The Sea Ranch: An Environmentally-Planned Community

The Sea Ranch is an environmentally-planned private community along the Sonoma Coast.
Season 1 Episode 38