CALIFORNIA COASTAL TRAIL ASSOCIATION
In 2013, Coastwalk California, with help and funding from the State Coastal Conservancy, launched the California Coastal Trail Association (CCTA). The Association will work to develop a collaborative network of cities, counties and other agencies that own a strand of the California Coastal Trail. Coastwalk is also receiving technical assistance from the National Park Service for this project. This network will share Trail information and resources, working together to ensure that the Trail has the wherewithal and plans needed to realize its completion. This step is absolutely necessary not only to manifest the vision of a continuous unbroken trail, but also to ensure the long term protection of California’s coastline.
The Association will bring together everyone who owns a segment or has a stake in the CCT— cities, counties, local agencies, land trusts and other stakeholders.
The Purpose of the CCTA is to:
Expand awareness and use of the CCT
Promote tourism and economic development related to the CCT
Help CCT owner/managers with information, mapping and support so they can be
successful in funding, completing, managing and promoting their trail segment.
The CCTA will promote tourism and publicize the CCT as a destination by:
Showcasing the trail to the public on web sites, social media, and general publicity,
Providing maps and trail resources for the public, promoting its use,
Featuring individual community events, businesses and destination points in its Association promotions.
The CCTA will provide many other benefits to its members including:
An Annual CCT conference for information sharing, staff education, and development of regional strategies,
Information and mapping tools to track CCT progress in local areas,
Facilitating collaboration between public agencies,
Identifying funding sources and enabling CCT owner agencies to act as a coalition,
Connecting stakeholder groups with local government to facilitate public support and Trail promotion,
and much more….
CALIFORNIA COASTAL TRAIL
The California Coastal Trail – a magnificent trail stretching from Mexico to Oregon – was mandated by Proposition 20 in 1972. That Proposition provided that “a hiking, bicycle, and equestrian trails system shall be established along or near the coast” and that “ideally the trails system should be continuous and located near the shoreline.” The Coastal Act of 1976 required local jurisdictions to identify an alignment for the California Coastal Trail in their Local Coastal Programs.
During the 1980′s as Coastwalk grew, it gradually took on the challenge of seeing the Trail through to completion by leading camping and hiking trips along the coast.
In 2008, to reflect our statewide work, Coastwalk renamed itself Coastwalk California.
Our work to complete the Coastal Trail takes many forms. We currently have a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy to help jurisdictions connect their local trail to the statewide California Coastal Trail system.
This work includes not only mapping the trail, but also gathering information, assessing routes, and installing official CCT signage. We work with the California Coastal Commission to have these routes designated as official California Coastal Trail.
We are also building a database of coastal information for Coastwalk Stewards to use in continuing to work for completion of the CCT. Interested volunteers and organizations can contact the Coastwalk office to find out more about how to help with this effort.
Want to find out more about the California Coastal Trail?
Go to our website at www.californiacoastaltrail.info
The Coastal Trail signage has begun!
Since approval of the official CCT insignia (right), 549 signs have been installed along over 198 miles of the coast: in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Sonoma County, Orange County, Humboldt, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Mendocino and the Mendocino/Humboldt Lost Coast.
Coastwalk’s California is focusing much of its work on creating signage events and opportunities up and down the coast. If you are interested in getting involved, or want to get your local stretch of trail signed, contact us via email or at the Coastwalk office: (800) 550-6854. Download a copy of the signage guidelines.
Read more about the CCT signage effort.