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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Pr; 2 edition (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899972675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899972671
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All Jerry Schad books are the best!
movinon
It has a large variety of routes, all the relevant information, clear descriptions, good maps, and a very easy to read format.
Gregory John
Keep this book away from friends though.
Heidi Halsey

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Buchheim on June 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
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.
The descriptions of the hikes are wonderful (such as the mention of the "Darth Vader house" at Solstice Canyon) but are a bit too wordy to follow while on the trail.
You will definitely need a separate map, as the maps in this book are too small and lack necessary detail. For many of the shorter hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains or Griffith Park you can find nice maps in the book Day Hikes Around Los Angeles, which makes a nice companion to this book. For longer hikes, get a good topographical map. (Watch out, some of the USGS maps of the LA area are pretty bad, including many of the maps of the Santa Monica mountains.)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Halsey on November 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
My sister got me this book when I first moved to LA and I was so excited after browsing the book that I made a goal to go on one of the listed hikes every other weekend. One of the hardest parts about hiking in LA is finding the trail. Afoot and Afield provides detailed driving instructions needed to reach the trailhead as well as directions once you are on the trail itself (which is very helpful considering sometimes the hike is not really even a trail). I often take the book with me on the hike to make sure I don't get lost. The book also lets you know what the best times of the year and the day (i.e. make sure to go at sunset) are for the specific hike and it estimates the difficulty and duration of the hike..which i've found to be quite accurate. Readers will be amazed at how many diverse & interesting hikes there are in LA. And it always is amazing how going on one of these hikes makes you totally forget that the big bustling city of LA is just minutes away. Keep this book away from friends though. You'll never get it back, they'll love it so much! In fact, you really can't be a hiker in LA without it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent guidebook for both beginners and experienced hikers. The way Schad has organized the 175 hikes into more than 30 subsections complete with accurate trail maps, directions, and the length and difficulty of each hike makes this an easy to use book. His knowledge of the geology, topography, history, and flora and fauna of the regions and trails he describes is excellent. The index, complete with his choices of best hikes (for mountains, canyons, suburbs, views, waterfalls, etc...), provides a list other recommended readings, local organizations, agencies, and information sources. This is a must have book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2002
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This book is indispensible to me. I moved down the LA area after living in a rural forested area of northern california for many years. Needless to say - I greatly missed the outdoors, and I got this book to get acquanted with my new surroundings. I try to go on a hike every other weekend, and right along with me is this rumpled, wrinkled, dogeared, inked-on book. There are hikes for everyone, some appropriate for children - some catering only to the experienced hiker, and everyone in between. So, wether I feel like going on a 2 mile hike - or a 12 mile hike....this book is straped to my daypack. The author has covered every hike in good detail - there are, of course, a few exceptions - but in general, the directions and writing are reliable. He also provides interesting histories of some trails, appropriate times of the year for maximum enjoyment, and little hints on things to pay attention to or watch out for. Buy this book - then get out and use it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kyle D. Macdonald on April 9, 2002
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregory John on April 8, 2006
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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.
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