Hello! Seven years ago I did a week long solo road trip up the California coast from San Francisco to close to the Oregon border. Shortly afterward, I posted a web album with photos and captions ... but the link I posted on this forum is no longer valid because I used Picasaweb and a year ago, Google made that format obsolete. The album is still available via the link provided below. Click on each photo for the caption and if you can't read the entire paragraph, click on the small "i" in the upper right and the whole caption will show up to the right. I give specific advice about several hikes and scenic areas, including the magnificent towering coastal redwoods up and down the North Coast.
Someone doing trip planning just requested that I repost this link ... and with the bridge being out on Highway 1 just south of Monterey, making the very scenic Big Sur drive out of service for an extended time, I assume more people will now be considering the coastal drive north of San Francisco up toward Mendocino and beyond. I think this drive is every bit as scenic as the one further south - I found it breathtaking in many areas!
Shoot me any questions if you have them ... and I'll do my best to answer them.