California is the star of this journey! With turn-by-turn directions for an 800-mile itinerary that transits 14 California counties this book captures a fascinating slice of California’s unique landscapes, people, history, and cultural heritage. The book offers a sensitive retelling of the history of the 17th-18th century Spanish missions in California, highlight the stories and monuments of the Native Americans whose rich cultural heritage is often neglected but whose tales are full of heroism and hope. Full of helpful tips to prepare for the journey, Hiking and Cycling the California Missions Trail includes packing lists, accommodation suggestions, and information on public transportation. Each stage is preceded by a stage summary, providing an overview of terrain, distance, and total ascent and descent. Scale maps offer helpful orientation, and an accompanying appendix displays distance intervals between lodgings.