Bay Area Nonprofits - Coastwalk - IMBA - Surfrider


Protecting Our Turf

Who keeps your favorite trails clear, your waters clean, and your sands pristine? These dedicated folks are working hard to ensure we all enjoy the Golden State’s grandeur. Show ‘em some love and lend a hand!

California Coastal Trail

California Dreamin'

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.


Two-Wheel Wonders

According to the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA),
there are more than three million mountain bikers in our state. That's a lot of knobby tires, and balancing demand and supply is not always easy. IMBA works with local clubs like the Bicycle Trails Council of Marin (BTCM) and the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay (BTCEB) to keep responsible mountain biking trails open to the public. In Marin, the Tamarancho Trail—a velvety singletrack loop in the redwood forest by Mt. Tam—is a classic example of the BTCM working with private land owners to develop and sustain stellar riding. Along the Lost Coast, IMBA and Humboldt County's Big Foot Mountain Bike Club are constructing an epic, 45-mile point-to-point trail featuring two overnight campgrounds. And in Sonoma's Annadel State Park, IMBA has worked closely with park officials to shut down illegal trail building so that the park can remain open to bikers. IMBA operates globally to educate people about preservation and improve mountain biking experiences. Join the ride, click here.

Note: Some trails require memberships and/or fees. For directions and more information about specific trails and rides, contact California's IMBA affiliates.


Beauty and the Beach

There are a few unwritten rules in the surfing world: Don't drop in on somebody else's wave, don't reveal sweet surf spots, and make sure you support the Surfrider Foundation. The foundation is "dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people." In San Francisco, this means playing big brother to Ocean Beach. When the city attempted to ban Ocean Beach bonfires last year, Surfrider saved the day by helping establish sensible rules and regulations for designated fire pits. Along with weekly maintenance of the fire pits at Stairway 17, the group cleans different areas of the beach every month. If you want to get involved with the organization's efforts, which include everything from screening films to environmental action, surf over to For information on upcoming San Francisco events, click here

Note: The next Ocean Beach clean-up is scheduled for August 5. Volunteers are always needed. If Surfrider's dates don't fit your plans, they'll provide everything required (gloves, rakes, trash bags, etc.) so that you can put together a clean-up day of your own.

Week 6: Girl's Guide to Serenity in Yosemite

Patagonia has teamed up with Weekend Sherpa to talk about initiatives they support, activities they love, and clothes they dig.

The Plan:
Start your fake-coughing at work late Thursday afternoon.
Call in sick on Friday morning.
Roadtrip to Yosemite National Park with your other sick friends.

Get a camp spot at one of the 7 first-come, first-served sites.
Hike Mist Trail to Nevada Falls and chill out in the wilderness.
Laugh around the campfire at night (and eat plenty of s'mores).
Relax under the stars (and marvel at how your cough has disappeared).

Maximize your bliss in Patagonia's Serenity shorts or tights. Wear them hiking, biking, relaxing, or even doing yoga in the shadow of Half Dome. They're made from soft, organic cotton so that you'll stay cool on hot afternoons. The dash of spandex will give you mobility on the trail and around the camp.

Versatility is the key to Serenity. Available at all Patagonia stores. (Doctor's note not included.)

Patagonia San Francisco, 770 North Point St., San Francisco; 415-771-2050.
Patagonia Palo Alto, 525 Alma St., Palo Alto; 650-329-8556.
Patagonia Outlet Santa Cruz, 415 River St. #C, Santa Cruz; 831-423-1776.

Miss a week? Click here to see an archive of Patagonia's 12 Weeks of Summer.

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