San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide: 2nd Edition
State Coastal Conservancy
University of California, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
f you enjoy outdoor activities in the area that borders San Francisco Bay or know anyone who does, you'll want to get the new, updated, second edition of
San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide
his user-friendly guide fits easily in a backpack and his filled with information about everything from points of historic, natural and cultural interest to where to locate biking and hiking trails.
ou'll discover maps tracing more than 325 miles of the shoreline Bay Trail which is now open to the public, plus directions on how to locate 130 parks and wildlife preserves that are located around the bay.
he book is divided into well-illustrated sections that offer maps and icons that indicate sites for suitable activities for various activities such as boating, fishing, biking, hiking, bird watching, picnicking and wheelchair riding.
hese individual chapters cover
on the upper northern reach of San Francisco Bay. On the other end the
San Lorenzo/San Leandro
areas are covered.
he remaining sections of the book look at
North San Mateo
South San Mateo
, and the
his is as comprehensive a look at the greater Bay Area as you are going to find in a guide book of this nature. With 380 color illustrations, 48 black and white photos, 53 line illustrations (plants and wildlife) and 14 maps, the book is as attractive as it is a valuable resource.
ince this guide was first published in 1995 an additional 150 miles have been added to the San Francisco Bay Trail. The new sections that you may enjoy visiting include a segment along Oakland's working waterfront, a restored wetland area in Sonoma and a Marin multi-purpose path.
ventually the Bay Trail will stretch for 500 continuous miles around the entire bay, though that day is still years away. But there is still much to see and enjoy in what is now open and accessible. This is the book that will not only get you to this unique urban shoreline but also explain what sights and activities will make the visit memorable.
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