Guess Who is Walking the Trail from Sonoma to San Diego?

El Camino de Santiago Guidebook Author Takes on Historic Trail.

In his latest project, travel guide and author Sanford “Sandy” Brown is making preparations to write a guidebook for the California Missions Trail, the 800-mile walking/biking itinerary connecting the 21 historic Spanish missions between Sonoma and San Diego.

Missions Route in 1821
200 years ago the route was a horse and mule trail.

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Sandy set off on foot from Sonoma, California, and will arrive in Santa Barbara on April 12th, then on to San Diego, California, by the end of April. He will be on the trail for 40 days and average over 20 miles per day over a six-week period.

Sandy is posting notes from each day’s walk on Facebook.

With support from the California Mission Walkers, California Mission Foundation, Santa Barbara County Trails Council, and other organizations, Sandy is writing a pocket-sized guidebook with crystal-clear mapping, cultural and visitor information, and inspiring photos for cyclists and walkers who want to experience the historical link between 21 Missions and California’s urban and rural landscapes.

[11/01/22 UPDATE] The California Missions Trail guidebook was published in late 2022 by Cicerone Press, the internationally recognized guidebook publisher. Brown is also the author of a guidebook for walking the 784km Camino Frances from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in southern France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, as well as guidebooks on the Via di Francesco in Italy and the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome. The book is an imprint of Cicerone Press.