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Northern California Coast Walking & Hiking Tour
Northern California Coast Walking & Hiking Tour

California's north coast will delight you. From the remote shores of Tomales Bay and rugged beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore to the sparkling waters of San Francisco Bay. One day you'll hike in a natural cathedral of ancient redwoods. The next, through windswept native grassland and lush fir forests. The churning Pacific spreads out before you. The region's natural splendor is all around you. View it. Breathe it. Taste it. Will it be the succulent Tomales Bay oysters or a phenomenal farm-to-table dinner you'll love most? The very best of the region in six days: we make it happen.

Days 1-2 Discover the stunning natural diversity of Point Reyes National Seashore  Journey north over the Golden Gate Bridge for a hike amid Douglas fir and towering redwoods What's better than sublime ridgetop views of Tomales Bay? Savoring the bay's famous oysters!  Walk along the water's edge on a sandy beach and through a valley teeming with willows and birdlife  Enjoy a tour and farm-to-table dinner at a working dairy and cheese farmstead.

Days 3-4 Ramble the trails of Mount Tamalpais  Get set to be wowed by some of the most jaw-dropping views in northern California  From Stinson Beach, hike on Mount Tamalpais through the fern-lined canyon of Steep Ravine The evening is yours to explore the chic-meets-woodsy town of Mill Valley Ascend the Dipsea steps, a famous section of the Dipsea Race, the oldest trail race in the country In Muir Woods National Monument, walk in the shadow of redwoods before sitting down to an authentic English pub lunch at the Tudor-style Pelican Inn.

Days 5-6 Epic vistas of San Francisco Bay greet you in the Marin Headlands Experience the sights and sounds of the Golden Gate Bridge and bayside Sausalito Dinner at Murray Circle Restaurant might well be a trip highlight  Enjoy a short boat ride across the bay to history-rich Angel Island - once an immigration station, it's now a hiker's paradise boasting million-dollar views Say goodbye at San Francisco's iconic Ferry Building.


Trip Highlights
  • Delve into the natural diversity of Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Ramble in Muir Woods, declared a national monument by Theodore Roosevelt a century ago
  • Savor a phenomenal dinner at Murray Circle Restaurant
  • Angel Island, a hiker's paradise with million-dollar views
  • Epic vistas of San Francisco Bay and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
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Premiere Inns

Nick's Cove (2 nights): Beautifully restored by legendary San Francisco restaurateur and designer Pat Kuleto, this 1930s fish house and cabins offer stunning views of the bay.

Mill Valley Inn (1 night): Tucked in the redwoods at the foot of Mount Tamalpais, this chic European-style hotel is just steps from the galleries, boutiques and restaurants of Mill Valley.

Cavallo Point Lodge (2 nights): Luxurious and impeccably restored military officers' quarters of Fort Baker, nestled under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 3* 400 4* 500 7* 900
2 6 400 8 1000 10 100
3 5 1900 8 200 10 2100
4 6* 200 8* 600 11* 1200 15* 1800
5 5 800 7 100
6 500
6 5* 900 6* 1800
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 7/27-8/1 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $690 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/31-9/5 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $690 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $690 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/12-17 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $690 for sgl. occ.)
  • 11/2-7 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $690 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $2,998 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

Our leaders were great, accommodating, friendly guides. Made us feel like VIPs from minute one. Amazingly beautiful locations. Deep Jurassic Park-like valleys one minute, high mountain peaks with 30-mph fog the next, giving you the feeling you may be on an alien planet the next.
Richard Ramsey - Charlotte, NC

Wonderful trip - I had no idea there was so much to see and experience just across the Golden Gate Bridge! This was my ninth trip with Backroads and each time I have had nothing but an outstanding experience. I tell my friends that at this point I know I could just throw a dart at the Backroads calendar and be pleased with whatever trip is selected.
Laura Bohls - Austin, TX

I am not just being nice or lazy giving all 10s. It was a fabulous trip from top to bottom and not only met, but far exceeded my expectations. And I had high expectations! I have traveled with several other active travel companies and this was at the top. I will definitely be using Backroads again and will tell everyone I know!
Leigh Pozas - Bakersfield, CA