Our Mission

To ensure the right of all people to reach and responsibly enjoy the California coast.

Our Vision

A well-stewarded California coast, highly prized as an irreplaceable commons, open to all. 

The California Coastal Trail Association

Connecting Trails and Communities along the California Coastline.

Our Work

To complete the California Coastal Trail, a ribbon of coastal protection stretching over 1,200 miles of coastline.

California Coastal Clean Up Day





Thank-you to all our Volunteers!

The 2019 Coastal Cleanup Day

was a HUGE Success!




California Coastal Cleanup Day 2019

The 35th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day was a wonderful success and volunteers in Sonoma County contributed mightily to the effort of removing harmful trash from our coastlines and inland waterways, to the benefit of our environment and wildlife that calls it home.​

On Saturday, September 21st, supported with clear skies and calm wind, nearly 700 volunteers collected 1,665 pounds of trash including over 130 pounds of recyclables from our Sonoma County coastline in the span of 3 hours. The waste came in all sizes and our volunteers were meticulous in doing their best to ensure our beaches were free from debris for both humans and animals alike.

In just one half-day, over 19 tons of waste was removed from our coastline and inland waterways. Imagine how much cleaner and safer these spaces would be if cleanups were a quarterly or monthly effort and not just yearly! It would make us all extremely happy if next year we collected less waste on our shores, so we ask everyone to please do their part to be conscious of what they throw out and where. Be aware that when you throw something away, that’s not the end of the story. Stewardship of the environment is all of our responsibility.

Our volunteers provided an amazing service to the community and we want to extend our sincerest appreciation for their effort. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Learn more about the incredible 35 year history of Coastal Cleanup Day with this amazing  CLEANUP STORY MAP

Maps and More

View detailed Maps of the California Coastal Trail, a network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the 1200-mile California coastline.

Coastal Podcasts

Learn more about the history of the California Coast through stories and a recent interview with the late Peter Douglas with our Stories of the Coast Podcasts.

Coastal Trail Videos

Watch videos on various segments of the the California Coastal Trail produced by KCET with support provided by the California Coastal Commission

Imagine a ribbon of protection...

stretching along the coastline from Oregon to Mexico, that is the California Coastal Trail. The coastal trail would not exist without the support of individuals like you, who care about coastal preservation and access.