Imagine hiking all the way from the sun-soaked sands of San Diego, through the Golden Gate, to the foggy redwood forests of Arcata. That reverie may become reality. Sebastopol-based Coastwalk is a non-profit organization spearheading a charge to complete the California Coastal Trail. Such a route would give backpackers and hikers access to the entire seaboard between Mexico and Oregon—1,200 miles of spectacularly diverse coastline. "This would be one of the greatest long distance trails in the world," says Linda Hanes, a Coastwalk board member. "And it would run right through our backyard." Hanes covered the distance in 2003, blazing pathless parts of the journey along Highway 1. Thanks to Coastwalk and others, the Coastal Trail is 60% complete. You can get a taste of the trail in the Marin Headlands on a 3-mile stretch from Tennessee Beach to Rodeo Beach. Look for new Coastal Trail signs along the way. For information and maps on both existing and prospective trails, click here . Want to help create this California dream? Click here for upcoming volunteer opportunities with Coastwalk.