Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico

Bill Thorness (Author)


  • Covers the entire 2,000-mile route from Canada to Mexico, including alternate and side-route options
  • Information on lodging, camping, loading the bike, safe cycling, road conditions, weather, and more
The Pacific Coast route is the most popular bike touring route in the U.S., according to Mountaineers Books' non-profit partner, the Adventure Cycling Association. And for 33 years, our very own Bicycling the Pacific Coast was the most popular guidebook to this venerable route--until now Cycling the Pacific Coast continues the trusted legacy with an all-new, completely re-ridden, and fully comprehensive guidebook from Bill Thorness, featuring the most current, up-to-date beta on this amazing route.

Cycling the Pacific Coast is organized in five sections--Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Central California, and Southern California--and is useful to riders who plan to do the trip as one epic ride, or break it up to peddle sections at a time. Features include:
  • Suggested itineraries for the entire ride, or for one- and two-week trips
  • Logistics for getting to/from ride sections
  • Airport and train-station connections in all major cities (Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego)
  • Alternate routes to take on Vancouver Island (Canada), Washington's Olympic Peninsula, and Northern California's "Lost Coast"
  • Interesting and fun side trip destinations in 5 cities, on 2 islands, and in 2 wine country regions
New bike tourers will find equipment information, packing advice, and safety tips, among other helpful trip suggestions. And all riders will find the guidance to experience the trip of a lifetime.

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
Mountaineers Books
Publish Date
September 27, 2017
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

BILL THORNESS is the author of Biking Puget Sound as well as a prolific gardening writer. His work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Metropolitan and more. He is the editor of the Seattle Tilth newsletter and served as president of Seattle Tilth's board of directors. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.


"Previously the author of Mountaineers Books' "Biking Puget Sound," Thorness' mind for detail and eye for what's best about the West makes him an adviser you can trust as you venture two-wheeled out on the sometimes perilous but frequently rewarding tour of coastal byways."--Cantwell J. Brian "Seattle Times "
Cycling the Pacific Coast is great as a standalone guide or as a companion to your map set. It has detailed route information, tips for loaded touring, and tons of information on what to see when you get where you're going.--Dan Meyer "Adventure Cyclist "
"...nothing less than the definitive guidebook for those traveling the 2,000 miles from Vancouver, BC, to the Mexican border."--Gene Bisbee "Biking Bis "