The California Coast

It’s the most spectacular trail in the state. It leads from one miraculous vista to another: a mountain peak shrouded in morning mist, a lighthouse poised vigilantly on a promontory, the ocean’s energy vented on coastal cliffs. When storms stream in off the Pacific, this trail never gets muddy. You can take it for hundreds of miles in hideous weather and never get your feet wet. It’s the trail known as Highway 1.

The Pinnacle, Point Lobos State Reserve.

Purple-colored ochre star, Moss Beach.

Mt. Diablo at sunrise viewed from East Peak, Mt. Tamalpais.

Mt. Tamalpais State Park.

The Slot, Point Lobos State Reserve.

Ready for a hellacious hike? Test your mettle on the paved but precipitous hills of San Francisco.

A breaker smashes against the rocks at Sand Hill Cove, Point Lobos.

Coast live oak, Mt. Tamalpais.

Sunset at Stinson Beach.

Mt. Tamalpais State Park.

Cypress Cove, Point Lobos.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

A family takes the plunge at Stinson Beach

Giant green anemone, Moss Beach.

Pescadero State Beach.

Muir Woods National Monument.

Boogie boarders ride the foam onto the Stinson beach shoreline.