Sonoma-Marin Coast Map
Coastal California Series
Sonoma County and Marin County combine nicely on one map because they are small and compact counties, nestling snugly together. In fact, they're so compact that it leaves room for most of the western half of Napa County and the southern portion of Lake County as well as about two-thirds of San Francisco, the north half of San Francisco Bay and the urban East Bay from Oakland north. This coverage gives great perspective to Sonoma's and Marin's physical proximity to the rest of the North Bay Area and North Coast.
This handsome map covers Marin, from the upscale urban areas of Mill Valley, Sausalito, Corte Madera, San Rafael, San Anselmo and Novato to the hilly green dairy lands between Point Reyes and Petaluma and the steep and scenic Golden Gate and Marin Headlands, so much of which is included in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. One of the map's most prominent and spectacular features is the Point Reyes Peninsula and its Point Reyes National Seashore. Other Marin public lands shown include Mount Tamalpais State Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Angel Island State Park, Samuel Taylor State Park, Tomales Bay State Park, China Camp State Park and Rancho Olompali State Park. Also shown are about two dozen of Marin's smaller communities.
Another prominent feature of this particular Coastal California map is the abundance of ocean and bays. While every map in the series has significant ocean, the marine features on this map are especially striking, including the Farallon Islands, Cordell Bank, Bodega Bay, Tomales Bay, Drakes Bay, Duxbury Reef, and Potatopatch Shoal outside the Golden Gate, plus many notable features in San Francisco Bay.
The map shows Sonoma County's abundant plains and hilly grasslands plus its eastern and northwestern forests, not to mention the vast wetlands near San Pablo Bay and abundant vineyards scattered all around. Major towns include Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg and Cloverdale, plus more than three dozen smaller towns and communities, from Sea Ranch and Stewarts Point in the northwest to Shellville, Agua Caliente and Glen Ellen in the southeast. The Russian River is prominent as is the tidal Petaluma River and its mouth in San Pablo Bay near Black Point. Abundant Sonoma County state parks on the map include Salt Point State Park, Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve, Fort Ross Stat Historic Park, and immense Sonoma Coast State Beach on the coast and Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, Austin Creek State Recreation Area, Annadel State Park, Jack London State Historic Park, and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park inland, plus Lake Sonoma Recreation Area and abundant regional parks.
Napa County parks include Robert Louis Stevenson State Park (with the North Bay Area's highest peak, Mount St. Helena) and Bothe-Napa Valley State Park near Calistoga, plus natural features like The Palisades, Table Rock and Mount Veeder. Lake County parks and natural features include Boggs Mountain State Forest, Boggs Lake, Cobb Mountain, Harbin Springs, Cache Creek, Putah Creek and abundant small lakes east of Middletown.
With the world class wine regions of Sonoma and the Napa Valleys, the rugged coastline north of Jenner that is a paradise for abalone divers, mushroom hunters and couples on romantic getaways. If you like oysters there are plenty of oyster farms to be found along the shores of Tomales Bay. The list goes on and on. This map covers the coast from Anchor Bay in southern Mendocino County to San Francisco and inland from the southern end of Clear Lake to Sonoma, Yountville, Angwin, Pope Valley and Berkeley and Oakland in the south. If you're familiar with Bob Lorentzen's Hiker's hip pocket Guide to Sonoma County, this gorgeous map covers virtually all the great places in that book plus many of the places in Ken Stanton's Great Day Hikes in & around Napa Valley, plus a few of the places in Lorentzen's Hiker's hip pocket Guide to the Mendocino Highlands.
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