Free with $50 Contribution | Book Available Autumn 2022
California is the star in the upcoming guidebook, The California Missions Trail: From Sonoma to San Diego. Jam-packed with all the information a walker or biker needs to know about this epic route, the full-color, official, the guide will unveil this spectacular 802-mile route in all its glory — from its coastal mountain ranges, tall forests, and vast farms to its quaint towns, rugged coastline, and vibrant cities.
Created in collaboration between Cicerone Press — one of the foremost publishers of outdoor guides in the world — and the California Mission Walkers, California Missions Foundation, and the Santa Barbara County Trails Council, the book will feature over eighty full-color maps, fifteen detailed city maps, twenty elevation profiles, over 100 accommodation listings, detailed walking and biking directions, and important historical and cultural information that will tell the fascinating story of the places and people that made California what it is today.
With a collection of international pilgrim trekking guidebooks already to his credit, the book’s author, Sandy Brown, sees this volume, the California Missions Trail: From Sonoma to San Diego, as a way to celebrate his native state. Over 150 years ago Sandy’s family emigrated from Mexico to California, settling at Mission San Juan Capistrano in Southern California, and Sandy spent his early childhood in the San Diego area. So far, this labor of love has led him onto three journeys over the route’s entire span, accumulating over 2,400 miles on foot and by bicycle as part of his research.
The route begins in Sonoma, a site important to California history and home to the newest of the twenty-one Missions from the Spanish era. From there it is organized in a southbound, Mission-to-Mission format. Hotel, hostel, and camping information will be provided at walkable or bikeable intervals. As it guides the walker along the way, the book will share background information about geology, Indian history and culture, first contact with Europeans, the Spanish and Mexican eras, the inclusion of California into the United States, and much, much more. As the route spans its 802-mile scope along sidewalks, bike trails, country roads, highways, and dirt pathways of California, readers have at their fingertips all they need to have an unforgettably deep, rich, and rewarding experience.
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