Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Californiaâ€™s Central Coast is a treasure of beaches, poppy-dotted meadows, and countless lakes and streams. This region offers a nearby destination for adventurers coming from both Northern and Southern California. Outdoor writer and lifelong Central Coast native Brian Milne has selected his favorite 46 trips for hiking, running, horseback riding, and mountain biking. From easy beach strolls to inland treks, trails range from a half mile to 18 miles, covering the mainland and the Channel Islands. At-a-glance information shows which trips have the best fishing, bird-watching, camping, running, and other activities.