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1. Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoer's
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2. Foghorn Outdoors California Hiking:
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3. South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures
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4. Hiking Northern California
$11.95
5. Guide to the John Muir Trail
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6. Foghorn Outdoors 101 Great Hikes
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7. Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon
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8. Starr's Guide to the John Muir
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9. Lonely Planet Hiking in the Sierra
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10. Hiking California's Desert Parks,
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11. Backpacking California (Backpacking)
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12. Best Easy Day Hikes Lake Tahoe
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13. Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles
14. Deco by the Bay: Art Deco Architecture
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15. City Walks: San Francisco: 50
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16. Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead-To-Summit
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17. Deserts Summits: A Climbing &
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18. The Sierra High Route: Traversing
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19. Afoot & Afield in San Diego
20. Stairway Walks in San Francisco

1. Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoer's Guide to Exploring Southern California's Great Outdoors
by St. Martin's Griffin
Paperback (27 June, 2006)
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Isbn: 0312308566
Sales Rank: 123262
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Get Off Your Couch!
Armchair movie aficionados beware! Leave your remote control behind and visit hundreds of famous movie locations in person! This one-of-a-kind travel guide (very few authors can claim that) is the result of exhaustive research covering hundreds of film shooting sites and is a must have for anyone who loves movies and the great outdoors. I liked this book so much, I bought TWO copies - one to keep clean and one whose margins are already filling up with notes as I visit the places featured. Get this book and go touch Hollywood history in person! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. California, Southern    2. Guidebooks    3. Motion picture locations    4. Television program locations    5. Travel    6. Travel - United States    7. United States - Pacific - California    8. United States - West - Pacific (General)    9. Walking    10. Travel / United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)   


2. Foghorn Outdoors California Hiking: The Complete Guide to More Than 1,000 Hikes (Foghorn Outdoors: California Hiking)
by Avalon Travel Publ., Foghorn Outdoors
Paperback (12 March, 2005)
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Isbn: 1566916887
Sales Rank: 94696
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for cross state travel
While the book does not cover every trail in every area, it is a good resource for traveling around the state to many different areas. There are more detailed books for a certain area, but if you need a book that covers the state, this is a great resource. We traveled all over N Cal. with kids in the summer with some unexpected changes in route. We seemed to always find a nice hike in this book and a good campground in its companion book (Campgrounds of California?).

5-0 out of 5 stars The ONE BOOK you need to hike, backpack, or walk California (at any skill level)
Even in the age of the Internet, these is no other resource as comprehensive and user-friendly as the Foghorn Outdoors California Hiking guide. In fact, this resource transcends the paper-and-ink category by incorporating indexes and cross-references that beat hyper-links any day. The book is prefaced with a California state map broken out into grids. Chapters of the book correspond to grid locations, and each chapter opens with an expanded map of the grid at hand. If, for example, you were looking at the Lancaster/Palmdale area in Chapter/Grid, and you noted that your area of interest was just north of this particular map, you follow the North arrow out of the map, which points the reader to page 596. If you want general areas for perusal, you can turn to the sections that comprise Northern California, Central California, or Southern California areas. If you know your geographic region of interest, it is a snap to locate it on the main state map and find the corresponding chapter. For those following the Pacific Crest Trail, a special index and symbol tracks the hikes which make up the overall trail, and guidance is provided about the general direction (south to north) that the trail is hiked.
2-0 out of 5 stars Own it, Own others. Don' t buy it. Here's why.
I ordered this book, used it, and I had to return it. Imagine you work for big guidebook company (Foghorn Outdoors) and your boss gives you, say 3 months, to write an 800 page book with a stupid gimmick like it has "1000 Hikes of California"
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Subjects:  1. Hiking    2. Special Interest - Ecotourism    3. Travel    4. Travel - United States    5. Travel Guides - U.S.    6. United States - West - Pacific (General)    7. Travel / United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)   


3. South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & Around Santa Clara Valley : From the Diablo Range to the Pacific Ocean
by Wilderness Press
Paperback (November, 2001)
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Sales Rank: 324646
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Almost as fun as the hikes themselves!
This is a wonderful book that goes into great deatil about the many trails in and around the South Bay.It breaks down the area by specific parks and then suggested hikes, including mileage, elevation loss or gain, and time.It even has a neat little appendix outlining hikes by category (ie., short hikes, hikes to see spring flowers, etc.)The text is detailed, explaining what you will find around every bend, and the historical information on the parks is very interesting.I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get out and away from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book made better
I just replaced my battered copy of the first edition with the latest, third one, and it's a real winner! These authors' books are always educational, interesting and complete. And best of all they lead one into many fine hiking adventures around the bay. I've spent many a fine summer day following their instructions. It's about time they put out a new edition, because of all the new parks and trails they had to cover. Recommended! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. California    2. Guidebooks    3. Hiking    4. Parks    5. Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clar    6. Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County)    7. Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.)    8. Travel    9. Travel - United States    10. United States - Pacific - California    11. United States - State & Local - General    12. United States - West - Mountain (General)   


4. Hiking Northern California
by Falcon
Paperback (01 July, 2000)
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Sales Rank: 388069
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for getting you started in hiking California
I hiked 5 trails from this book so far, and all of them have been spectacular. The rating and description of the trails are very accurate. I'm currently in the process of planning more hikes from this book. My only complaint is that the map of all the hikes does not contain and road information, so it was a bit of a pain to try to place where exactly the hike is. We were in Yosemite this past weekend, and had to cross reference the trail map to our road map to determine if the trail was nearby yosemite or inside. Other than that, the hikes were great (in the bay area and the sierra nevada). I'm thinking about buying a couple of falcon guide specific to certain places. If you just getting into hiking, I would definitely recommend this book. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. California    2. Guidebooks    3. Hiking    4. Sports    5. Sports & Recreation    6. Travel - United States    7. United States - Pacific - California    8. Travel / United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)   


5. Guide to the John Muir Trail
by Wilderness Press
Paperback (July, 1998)
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Isbn: 0899972217
Sales Rank: 240076
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Old Reliable
In 1981 I took the first edition of this book on a traditional north/south thru hike of the JMT and found it generally accurate and, most importantly, reassuring about the day(s) ahead.In preparation for a 25th anniversary reprise (this time south to north) I got the latest addition.About the only real difference is that the format is a little larger and the small inset maps are a little easier to read.
3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Guidebook
A disclaimer: I have not used this book to hike the JMT.
1-0 out of 5 stars WORST GUIDEBOOK EVER WRITTEN-DANGEROUS!
DO NOT EVEN LOOK AT THIS VILE,PESTILENT BOOK!IT WILL GET YOU LOST IN THE WILDERNESS!The author may be a very fine fellow, and is probably a better backpacker than I am, but he can NOT tell anyone how to get from point A to point B.I wasted days getting lost from this awful book, as he yakked endlessly about flora, fauna, and geology.Meanwhile, you the sucker stand there at unmarked trail intersections getting no help.Do NOT follow the author's dangerous contention that you don't need maps if you buy this book-its maps don't show you the OTHER trails, and get you lost. The Tuolomne and Devil's Postpile sections just may constitute the worst writing of all time. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Backpacking    2. California    3. Guidebooks    4. Hiking    5. John Muir Trail    6. Reference    7. Travel    8. Travel - United States    9. United States - Pacific - California    10. United States - West - Pacific (General)    11. Travel & holiday guides    12. Walking, hiking, trekking   


6. Foghorn Outdoors 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area
by Avalon Travel Publishing
Paperback (May, 2003)
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Isbn: 1566915783
Sales Rank: 72145
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Pass
I'm not enamored by this hiking series.I think it could go into more trail detail.Some of the trail descriptions were real fuzzy and oftentimes wrong.An overall good map is sadly missing.Not a bad book but choose another if you're looking for accuracy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pass
For advanced hikers this book misses the mark. I would have liked more detailed hiking descriptions and more off the beaten track destinations. Longer distance hikes are also needed in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy the second edition of this great book!
I owned the first edition of this book (the one with the Golden Gate Bridge on the cover) and I just loved it. It completely changed the way I feel about living in the Bay Area. There are so many wonderful trails around here and this book takes you to the best of them. I just recently bought the second edition (the one with the red cover) to give to a friend, but I wound up keeping it for myself because I saw that the author added trail options for every single hike in the book, so now there are really 202 hikes in the book and not 101! I can't recommend this book highly enough to anyone who lives in the SF Bay Area. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Hiking    2. Travel    3. Travel - United States    4. United States - Pacific - San Francisco    5. United States - West - Pacific (General)    6. California    7. Caravan & camp-site guides    8. USA    9. Walking, hiking, trekking   


7. Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Hiking Guide Series)
by Falcon
Paperback (01 March, 2002)
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Sales Rank: 194276
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Falcon Guide
My wife and I have hiked most of the major national parks in the U.S. over the past 20 years.As a result, we have purchased many hiking guide books.We've found that the Falcon Guide series tend to be best overall.Their detailed (but not cluttered) trail maps are always excellent, the elevation profile charts are a huge help, and their standard format across all books makes it easy to go from park to park without re-learning a new system.
3-0 out of 5 stars Clarification:A Review of 'Best Easy Day Hikes Seqoia and Kings Canyon'
I normally would not review a book that already has eight extended commentaries which cover every positive and negative aspect of the author's text, but there is apparently some confusion among either reviewers, Amazon editors, or both as to which book is actually under review.Laurel Scheidt is the author of two books on hiking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon.The first is a comprehensive hiking guide to the parks and the second is a guide to short day hikes in the region.For whatever reason, all the reviews posted for the latter, 'Best Easy Day Hikes:Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' are actually of the larger comprehensive work.I'm not sure why this occured, but the result is a misleading impression of what 'Best Easy Dayhikes' is all about. (Hopefully my review of 'Dayhikes' will not also be posted under the 'Hiking Sequoia' title as well.) This little book does not talk about the ascent of Mt. Whitney (thank goodness), is not a comprehensive guide to the parks, and the controversy about maps and backpacking routes is simply not applicable to this book at all.
1-0 out of 5 stars Considerations to ponder
I don't like giving bad reviews. In fact, I hate it. However, I'm indebted to give an honest appraisal of this book and explain why my wife and I agreed on a one-star rating. I've read the mostly glowing reviews from others and based my purchase of this book on them. One reviewer however, Candace Scott, gave only two stars. I now agree with her that the descriptions of each trail are flat and uninformative. The author makes some comments that space is limited and certain information is required -- both credible arguments. However, each hike has overly repetitive information. For example, each trail used by horses is prefaced by a rather lengthy section on horse etiquette. In my opinion, repetition like this can be written once in the beginning and referred to if needed. Other similar examples abound. The most glaring problem with this book it the repetition of the trials. For example, hike # 16 through 22 all begin using the same trail, each one being lengthened a bit to another destination -- leading to highly repetitive information and the unfortunate perception that you can go on essentially 7 different hikes. Clearly, this can be condensed. Lastly, there is little information of why you should go on a hike. What are you going to see? What is special about the destination? What special features of the widely varied terrain can you expect? I read this book cover-to-cover, hoping to get some useful information out of it. However, once in Sequoia, my wife and I found ourselves hiking a number of truly outstanding trails not referenced to in the book, and we went on a beautiful semi-loop backpacking trip over two passes and through some of the most interesting geographical terrain I've ever experienced in one area. This 30 mile backpacking trip is referenced, in parts, in the book, as day hikes to various destinations, again duplicating trail information, but the loop (conspicuously absent from this book are loop hikes) is not mentioned and many of the trails are not mentioned. Also lacking is some of the grand highlights, such as two passes we crossed and the startling scenery we witnessed. I highly recommend Sequoia as a grand destination. However, as the author states, we are entitled to our own opinions and my wife and I give this particular guide a very poor rating. It is the only guide book we have thrown away. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. California    2. Guidebooks    3. Hiking    4. Kings Canyon National Park    5. Sequoia National Park    6. Sequoia National Park (Calif.)    7. Travel    8. Travel - United States    9. United States - West - General    10. United States - West - Mountain (General)    11. United States - West - Pacific (General)    12. Travel / United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)   


8. Starr's Guide to the John Muir Trail and the High Sierra Region
by Sierra Club Books
Paperback (12 June, 1982)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pete Starr
My dad and I hiked the length of the JMT many years ago. At that time Starr's Guide was invaluable. In terms of its accuracy, we encountered only one minor hiccup and it was probably our own fault. We didn't recognize Senger Creek when we passed it and we kept looking for it for a few miles when it was actually behind us. Hiking a few extra miles at the end of the day was hard but it all worked out as we took a layover day for some fishing on the middle fork of the San Joaquin River.
4-0 out of 5 stars As history, a must, but not up to date
There's no doubt that Robinson's guide is one of the great books written about the JMT, no one disputes this. It's nicely written, informative and gives background on the trail not found in other guides. However (and this is a huge "but"), this book is *not* useful for planning a present-day thru hike of the John Muir Trail. It was written in the mid 1930's and so much has changed in the intervening 70 years. Locations to trailheads, water sources and resupplying points and all drastically changed since 1936. 5-0 out of 5 stars The best JMT guide--ever
Having grown up in the John Muir Wilderness as a Boy Scout, I can attest to the greatness of the guide. Its size and intricate, step ny step trial guidance is second-to-none. An absolute must-read for anyone even remotely contemplating a trek between Mount Whitney and Yosemite. Despite the fact that the information in the guide originates in the 1930's, it is still relevant today and provides a very sound planning tool for Scouters and "civilians" alike. I recommend it highly for another reason: It fits in the outer pocket of my backpack! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Guidebooks    2. Hiking    3. John Muir Trail (Calif.)    4. Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev    5. Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)    6. Travel - United States    7. United States - Pacific - California    8. California    9. Sports & Recreation / General    10. Travel & holiday guides    11. Walking, hiking, trekking    12. Western & Pacific Coast states   


9. Lonely Planet Hiking in the Sierra Nevada
by Lonely Planet Publications
Paperback (June, 2002)
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Sales Rank: 242489
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Best (and most crowded) Parts of the Sierra
This guidebook really is worthy of the award it won.It describes over 60 hikes in the Sierras the bulk of which are long day hikes or backpack trips.Each route has a topographical map included, detailed descriptions and alternative routes or side trips included.What makes this guide fairly unique are the many (very beautiful) color plates and some wonderful sidebars on local history, including a discussion of arborglyphs left by Basque sheepherders and the fight by the climbing community to save "Camp 4" in Yosemite Valley.
5-0 out of 5 stars Winner, 2002 National Outdoor Guidebook Award
"Hiking in the Sierra Nevada is a user friendly, rock-solid guidebook with clearwriting, useful topographic maps, inviting photos, and it's conveniently sized to fitin the side pocket of your pack." - NOBA award reviewRead more

Subjects:  1. Hiking    2. Travel    3. Travel - United States    4. United States - Pacific - California    5. United States - West - Pacific (General)    6. California    7. Nevada    8. Travel & holiday guides    9. Walking, hiking, trekking   


10. Hiking California's Desert Parks, 2nd: A Guide to the Greatest Hiking Adventures in Anza-Borrego, Joshua Tree, Mojave, and Death Valley (Regional Hiking Series)
by Falcon
Paperback (01 September, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 318996
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Hiking Opportunities in Southern California's Desert Wilderness
I have a real fondness for books by Bill and Polly Cunningham.Their 'Best Easy Dayhikes: Anza Borrego' introduced me to desert hiking and has left me with an abiding love of California's desert regions.The off season recreational opportunities in these areas:Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, the Mojave National Preserve, and Anza Borrego State Parks are seemingly endless and this book provides a good introduction to these places.The 114 hikes described in this book range in length from short leg stretchers of 1/4 mile (or less) to all day rambles over difficult terrain from 10 to 16 miles.Each hike description includes a list of key points, mileage between these points, a hypsometric map (GPS compatible) and decent black and white photographs of the area.
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Subjects:  1. Hiking    2. Travel    3. Travel - United States    4. Travel Guides    5. United States - Pacific - California    6. United States - West - Pacific (General)    7. Walking    8. Travel / United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)   


11. Backpacking California (Backpacking)
by Wilderness Press
Paperback (May, 2001)
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Sales Rank: 93875
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Backpacking Trips
I've been a fan of Wilderness Press since the early 70's. This book presents some of the best trips in California, several of which I can personally vouch for.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Premier, Single Reference, CA Backpacking Guide
After several years of planning trips with topos, multiple books, websites and word of mouth recommendations I discovered this book.It turned out that every trip I had done, heavily considered, or that was on my "to do" list was included.Any book that tries to cover a topic as broad as "Backpacking California" is going have limitations - but the authors pick the absolute best of the coast, Desolation, south Cascades, Tahoe, Yosemite, Kings/Sequoia, Ansel Adams, Inyo and more.There is also good variety of distances and almost a third of the trips are loops.The maps are very good and trail statistics are helpful.My only complaint is the absence of elevation profiles (a total gain/loss number is offered) so the "Sierra South"/"Sierra North" books make good companions to this one.However, if you are going to own just one backpacking guide for your first 5 years of backpacking in CA or are just visiting and want to pick from the best, this is the book to have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!
I've always been a fan of Wilderness Press books and this one won't disappoint!I used this book to help plan a trip to Lost Coast (Oct '02), but had to change plans at last minute when I got to Calif. We did the Lassen Loop also described in the book and it was great.Highly recommend this book. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Backpacking    2. California    3. General    4. Guidebooks    5. Trails    6. Travel    7. Travel - United States    8. United States - Pacific - California    9. United States - West - Pacific (General)   


12. Best Easy Day Hikes Lake Tahoe
by Falcon
Paperback (01 May, 1999)
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Sales Rank: 108162
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this book.
We just returned from our trip to Tahoe and used this trail guide on the Grass Lake hike. It is obvious that the writer actually hiked the trail to write the directions. It was very descriptive of every step of the way. It also fits in the back pocket very nicely. ... Read more

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13. Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles (Afoot & Afield)
by Wilderness Press
Paperback (September, 2000)
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Sales Rank: 94012
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what we were looking for
We've just started hiking and this book was exactly what we were looking for. It has a large variety of routes, all the relevant information, clear descriptions, good maps, and a very easy to read format. My only wish would be a summary of all 192 trips so we could quickly scan for specific criteria like difficulty and time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful descriptions, but too wordy for use on the trail
This book covers most of the important hiking areas in Los Angeles County.There isn't room in the book for every hike at each of these areas (partly due to the long descriptions of the hikes which are in the book) but the author covers a good variety at each site, including most of the best hikes.4-0 out of 5 stars It will get you there.
A good source. Missing many many hikes in the L.A. area.Fewer words and more hikes would have been better, but this is good and accurate.You will not get lost and if you do not know L.A. you can see some amazing things. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. California    2. Guidebooks    3. Hiking    4. Los Angeles County    5. Los Angeles County (Calif.)    6. Travel    7. Travel - United States    8. United States - Pacific - California    9. United States - Pacific - Los Angeles    10. United States - West - Pacific (General)   


14. Deco by the Bay: Art Deco Architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area
by Studio
Paperback (February, 1995)
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Isbn: 0525486216
Sales Rank: 748032
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable intro to Art Deco and record of SF architecture
This is my first Art Deco architecture book and I found it to be a perfect introduction to this design movement. The book has multiple color photos on almost every page and is organized nicely. A few of the photos are fuzzy, but this did not detract from my enjoyment. In fact it inspired me (as a novice) to go out, look up, and photograph the architecture around me. And I find myself looking at buildings that I admired prior to reading the book in a new light. Read more

Subjects:  1. Architecture    2. Art deco    3. Art deco (Architecture)    4. California    5. Criticism    6. Decoration and ornament    7. Guidebooks    8. San Francisco Bay Area    9. U.S. Architecture - South    10. Walking   


15. City Walks: San Francisco: 50 Adventures on Foot
by Chronicle Books
Cards (10 November, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 194799
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars walks aren't very interesting
I was disappointed with this product.The format is convenient, but the walks they recommend aren't real intersting.Most of the walks are very short (usually only a few blocks) and are mostly in the touristy edges of the city.I much prefer "Stairway Walks in San Francisco" which has longer walks (a few miles each) and focuses more on the more diverse interior of the city.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scale Issue
Though there is no scale bar on the maps themselves, these decks come with an info card that explains that these maps ARE drawn to scale. Most cards are drawn at a scale where one inch equals a 1000 feet, and a few marked with white borders have scales where one inch equals 2600 feet.
3-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful BUT no info on Distance
I was born and raised in San Francisco and I am delighted and impressed with my recent purchase of the City Walk series for SF, however there is one major drawback. There is no way to judge the length of the walk. Not only is there no mention of distance, but the maps of the walks are not consistently to scale. Meaning the maps simply show the rout as it will fit on the card so an inch can be a block or a quarter of a mile and this is NOT indicated on the card.
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16. Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead-To-Summit Hiking Guide
by Mountaineers Books
Paperback (April, 2001)
list price: $14.95 -- our price: $10.61
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Isbn: 0898867665
Sales Rank: 234647
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Whitney guide available
The author, Paul Richins, Jr., starts off this excellent back country guide with a brief introduction to the region, some cautionary commentary, and some real world common sense recommendations on what, and what not to bring on your trip(s).He then describes useage of the book and proceeds to detail the various routes. He covers the basics of getting to the trailheads, details various legs of the routes with common stops and starts and points out areas of risk where appropriate.Unlike other reviewers, I found his approach to be accurate on the trails I am familiar with, but I would caution anyone attempting these trips to thoroughly map out their trek using the most current topographic maps available.
4-0 out of 5 stars Let's Climb NOW!
Excellent book - material presented in a totally unbiased and honest way. No sugar coating! Should be required reading before you are issued a wilderness permit. Thanks!

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of options
I actually purchased this book after I summitted Mt. Whitney.I wished I had found it ahead of time.Lots of great information.I had no idea how many trail heads there are.We backpacked on our trip and used the Main Mt. Whitney Trail, but I would really like to try out some of the other trails Paul suggests.Even if you don't plan to go all the way to the top of Whitney, many of the trails described in this book would be wonderful day or backpacking adventures.I found the Appendix information very useful, too, particularly the food and gear suggestions.The facts and figures section made me fully appreciate the accomplishment of reaching the summit, especially when I discovered that only 1/3 of all hikers reach the top.My only disappointments with the book are that I wish there were color photographs and more information about Mt. Whitney itself (such as history and factoids).Otherwise, this is an extremely practical guide for preparing and planning a trip to the tallest peak in the continental U. S. ... Read more

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17. Deserts Summits: A Climbing & Hiking Guide to California & Southern Nevada
by Spotted Dog Press
Mass Market Paperback (01 September, 2006)
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Isbn: 189334312X
Sales Rank: 267618
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18. The Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country
by Mountaineers Books
Paperback (May, 1997)
list price: $16.95 -- our price: $11.53
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Isbn: 0898865069
Sales Rank: 201017
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful off-trail hiking in the Sierra
This book is the ideal companion for everyone who likes walking off-trail on uneven terrain with a heavy pack. We used it last summer to hike a section of "the high route" (from devils postpile to tuolumne meadows) and it was so marvelous, we are going back this summer for another section. Roper gives exactly the amount of indications needed for a successful trip, although some experience in off-trail mountain-hiking is required. The high route is not trivial, even if no technical climbing is involved. The only thing: for most people it doesn't matter to have a single connected route. It would be nice to have other (shorter) routes in the same style, which are not necessarily connected. Maybe in another book? I don't know of anything comparable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for the strong willed
My girlfriend and I recently took some of Ropers advice on a Mt. Conness Loop 5 day hike in Yosemite.It was an increadible trip.Roper gives just enough hints to get you there but few enough to make it still feel like exploring.Be advised however when he referes a section of your hike as 'adventurous' or 'exciting' he means it.We pushed ourselves to the physical and mental limit on this trip.

5-0 out of 5 stars practical guide to an undescribable experience
This book outlines a magnificent experience following an off-trail, higher version of the Muir Trail through the High Sierra.We have followed most of Roper's route over several years:sometimes we thought we were lost oroverwhelmed, but it always turned out fine, and usually excellent.Hetreads a fine line between complete instructions that would allow nomistakes, and an experience that gives the hiker their own opportunity forroute-finding, discovery, and growth.This is one of our favorite books,and we keep an intact copy plus another one torn apart for each journey andsometimes given away to people met along the way who need it.We stilltravel the trail some of the time, but genuinely value this alternativefarther away from the crowds. ... Read more

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19. Afoot & Afield in San Diego (Afoot & Afield)
by Wilderness Press
Paperback (December, 1998)
list price: $16.95 -- our price: $11.02
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Isbn: 0899972292
Sales Rank: 21615
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best "one-stop-shop" for hiking
This book is the best hiking book I have come across, and I have many.Not only is it well planned out, with attached maps, and hikes separated by areas, but it also grades the level of difficulty very accurately.As for the comment on this book being old and vague on location... well, it's not designed to be an all encompassing guide, and you will have to dust off your map or Map Quest the locations.
5-0 out of 5 stars good guide to have
My co-worker was telling me about all the wonderful waterfalls and boulders that he saw when he was hiking, and he told me that he learned about the trails from this book.I immediately ordered it, and so far, it has been handy to have.
5-0 out of 5 stars Afoot and a Feel for San Diego County
Exhaustively researched, comprehensive, with good descriptions of why you'd want to pick a certain hike, so you'll know what you've got to look forward to.
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20. Stairway Walks in San Francisco
by Wilderness Press
Paperback (October, 2001)
list price: $13.95
Isbn: 0899972756
Sales Rank: 540370
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great lady and a great book!
I've lived in SF since 1970 and I have had all the editions of this book since she first wrote it many years ago.SF is one of the greatest walking cities in the world, and this book will take locals and visitors alike to some of the most enchanting locations we have to offer.Put on your walking shoes, get a copy of this book, and clumb all the stairways you can manage!

4-0 out of 5 stars So far so good
Was inspired to buy this book as a tourist who ALWAYS walks the stairway to Macondray Lane having seen "Tales of the City."Just did the first walk yesterday and can't wait for the next.AMAZING that there are actually homes alongside the stairways.
5-0 out of 5 stars Intimate Treasures of San Francisco
Stairway walks in San Francisco brings an intimate glance at the historic and modern relics of the city. If you live or visit San Francisco often ... hop on the BART and walk around the stairways to the elegance that is unique to San Francisco. ... Read more

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