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Product Details

  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; 3rd edition (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899972292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899972299
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For hiking in San Diego county, this book can't be beat.
JS
Schad makes every effort to anticipate your tastes when he describes a trail, when it's best to go, what you'll get most out of a hike.
A Reader
From simple, family accessible hikes to challenging overnight treks, the information is accurate and well written.
Brian Horsley (budley@pacbell.net)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sinkovits on February 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had received this book from a friend before I moved to San Diego three years ago, and started hiking here the weekend I came out for a job interview. Even being completely unfamiliar with San Diego county, I found it easy to choose some great hikes. The descriptions, mileages, and directions to trailheads are all quite useful. Difficulty ratings are accurate - very important when choosing hikes to do with kids, parents, spouses, etc.
The only reservation I have about this book is that it is so comprehensive that a very small number of hikes have slipped in there that I would not consider doing again. One in particular involved hiking along a poison oak covered trail that was littered with broken beer bottles and old tires. I'm almost reluctant to bring up this point since the vast majority of the hikes are truly wonderful.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brian Horsley (budley@pacbell.net) on April 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you have any interest in getting to know the natural side of San diego County, this book is a must have. From simple, family accessible hikes to challenging overnight treks, the information is accurate and well written. I personally have completed over 50 of the hikes included and have never found any wrong information.
Jerry Schad's style of writing is clear and informative. He is also very accessible, as I have e-mailed him to ask a detailed question about a particular hike.
Believe me, if you want to hike in SD County, this book is your indispensable starting point. support this treasure and buy now!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Absolutely the best guide to San Diego exploration on foot. One of an excellent series of books on San Diego trails. Covers both urban and wilderness hiking. Informative and very clear. Includes hiking distances, times, and level of difficulty. Don't leave home without it :>]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on September 5, 2005
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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.

This may be the only book you'll ever need on the subject, but it's not the only thing to take on a hike: you'll need that most uncommon of things, common sense" -- and that means you'll also need to bring a MAP and water, and the rest of the "Ten Essentials."

Remember, it doesn't replace a USGS or topographic map, let alone good hiking sense. It's "just" a trail guide, albeit the best one the county has had for about 20 years. And frequently and responsibly revised, too. No guidebook, or map, is of much use unless you know how to use it: a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, right?

Don't expect too much. With San Diego's exploding population, your enjoyment of trails can alter seasonally with use, let alone by weather. Schad makes every effort to anticipate your tastes when he describes a trail, when it's best to go, what you'll get most out of a hike. You'll learn how to make your hikes match your tastes the more you use this excellent book. And you'll learn to appreciate, up close and personal, the scenery of the climate you moved here for.

San Diego county has great places to explore, and a wide range of habitats: from coastal to montane, to high & low desert. Most of it makes great scenery, but up close it can be intimidating. Schad's book won't let that stop you.

Most trails, even those in state or county parks, are not well marked except at trail heads (about what you should expect when park budgets are so meager these days).

This book and a topographic map are just the things to reawaken a sense of purpose, and to give our desires a sense of direction. And these, in turn, unlock our sense of beauty and wonder.

San Diego deserves nothing less from its inhabitants, and they and it deserve nothing less than such a resourceful book as this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JS on August 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Lets put it this way. On the San Diego bulletin boards for hiking enthusiasts looking to get together for hikes, they discuss the hikes by referencing page #s from this book. They don't bother naming the book because it is understood that everyone owns a copy. No book achieves that level of acceptance unless it is thorough and useful.
For hiking in San Diego county, this book can't be beat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on October 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Author Jerry Shad has over the years compiled in book form( he also write articles for various publications) the best throughly life experienced hikes for the outdoor enthuisiast. This is the only book you'll need to explore San Diego's trails, both popular and less traveled. His explanations and advice for options on the trails are invaluable and accurate. I have two copies of his book , a vintage edition(still good information) and the current publication, one in the vechicle and one for home reference. Take a look at the index in the sample pages and you'll see that all of the points on the county compass are covered. This is an essential tool for the hiker. The organization of the book is simple , concise and specific covering all areas of the county. The photographs and illustrations are helpful too. As stated by others this is the only book you'll need to explore San Diego on foot. Buy this classic and you'll get years of pleasure from the advice before you hit the trail.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
Mr. Schad has spent a lot of time on the trails of San Diego county and it shows in this book. Why not learn from someone else the great trails instead of hit and missing on your own.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By andre carrington on June 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is great in that it shows you so many areas of San Diego you would have never found without it. I personally have enjoyed the book and used it so much that all the pages are falling out. The only problem my husband and I have found with the book is that we have gotten lost using Jerry's directions many times (ie Black Mountain). His directions to the trails are unclear and very brief. He mentions how to get to a trail and where to go when on the trail, but often he leaves out important information (such as trail intersections) that makes finding your way around very confusing. You might want to buy additional maps when using this book. Also, erosion, time and usage makes trails ever changing, so the book directions get out dated. I hope he comes up with a new edition soon! The fires that happened down here have also changed a lot of the trails.
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