The mission of the California Missions Trail Alliance is to support all initiatives to scout, map, mark, certify, sustain, and promote 800-miles of a long-distance hiking and cycling route that connects urban and rural communities, all cultures, and sweeping landscapes, thereby providing spiritual, recreational, and economic benefits to California residents. There are many dimensions to this project and a long timeline. We are looking for community members who want to volunteer for this monumental project. Given the scope of the project, we can support a wide range of interests.

Steering Committee

The California Missions Trail Alliance steering committee is an informal association of organizations with interest in the California Missions Trail. Together with the supporters, the California Missions Trail Alliance seeks to provide project leadership, formalize and certify a route, develop a County by County program support, raise funds as needed, sustain the project into and beyond the foreseeable future. The California Missions Trail Alliance is an unincorporated association, with the Santa Barbara County Trails Council as its fiscal sponsor.

The goal is to have 12-15 steering committee members with a person representing each county.

Cultural Resources Committees:

Committees organized around Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and other interest groups who have a historical and/or modern-day role in the development of the California Mission Trail and the Missions along the route.

Natural Resources Committees:

Committees organized around human interaction with the flora and fauna of the urban and rural landscapes along the California Mission Trail.

Technical Committee:

A committee overseeing print and digital mapping, GIS, Field surveys, Message schedules, and locations

Communications Committee:

A committee overseeing branding, marketing, outreach, and tourism

Content Development Committee:

A committee overseeing research and writing natural, cultural, and historical stories associated with the trail.

Regional Committees

Over time, we anticipate creating a committee for each county with recreation, business, health, education, and government representatives.

  • Sonoma
  • Marin
  • San Francisco
  • Alameda
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • San Benito
  • Monterey
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Ventura
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • San Diego