Margaret Leonard, a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz, is Slow Adventure’s founder and owner. Margaret has hiked extensively throughout the world, including Nepal (The Annapurna Sanctuary), Peru (The Inca Trail), New Zealand (The Milford Track), Switzerland (The Haute Route), Patagonia (Torres del Paine), Croatia (The Dalmatian Coast) and Spain (The Pyrenees). Slow Adventure was born out of her desire to create inn-to-inn self-guided walking experiences on the California coast to equal any of the great walks around the world.

At the finish
Margaret has worked tirelessly to assure that all Slow Adventure travelers have an unforgettable experience they will remember for years to come. To do this she has been personally involved in planning every aspect of the self-guided walking routes. She has walked every trail to assure the most accurate and memorable routes and stops. You will be following her special maps and notes. She works with only the best and most reliable innkeepers to assure that every walker has a first class experience.


croatia-guy05xWe work with local guides and specialists to assure your Slow Adventure is the best possible experience.  In Croatia, our representatives are available to assist in all aspects of the planning of your trip, including before and after the walk.  In California, your local guide will be available 24/7 by phone as you navigate from inn to inn using our custom maps and instructions.  Our birding trips feature Alvaro Jaramillo, a world renowned ornithologist and author of “Birds of California.”