Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors
Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors is far more than a hiking guide to the best of San Diego County outdoors. It is a trail guide designed to teach appreciation and understanding for the region, considered one of the 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world.
This book is written by the Canyoneers, who are citizen scientists trained by the San Diego Natural History Museum to lead free public walks throughout the county, which they have done since 1973. Now, with this new trail guide, one can go on a hike with their own “virtual Canyoneer” to explore all areas of the region—from coastal shores to urban parks, backyard canyons to rural foothills, and from forested mountaintops to desert badlands and washes. As a Canyoneer would, this book encourages the user to look at the surroundings to see what makes it special—to stop, look, listen, touch, smell, and examine—to understand the interactions in nature.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support the San Diego Natural History Museum.
- More than 250 hike options with full-color maps and photos, distances, elevation gain/loss, difficulty rating, GPS/directions to trailhead, trail use, and full description of the hike and natural features of the area.
- Detailed descriptions of more than 500 different species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates, including their scientific names, from the most common to endangered species.
- A listing of all regional trails and watersheds within the county.
- Organized geographically using natural boundaries and major routes of travel for Coast, Inland, Mountains, and Desert. Individual maps show hikes found in each geographical area.
Written by: The Canyoneers of the San Diego Natural History Museum
Edited by: Diana Lindsay, Paula Knoll, Terri Varnell
Managing Editor: Diana Lindsay
Published by: Sunbelt Publications, Inc. San Diego, California
Release date: September 2016