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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque: Including Santa Fe, Mount Taylor, and San Lorenzo Canyon Paperback – March 24, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press (March 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897325907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897325905
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have completed two of the hikes so far and found the information provided in the book to be very accurate and informative.
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Maybe the best book of its kind that I've seen.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on April 9, 2008
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Stephen Ausherman's new guidebook, "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque, including Santa Fe, Mt. Taylor, and San Lorenzo Canyon," is, without a doubt, my pick for 2008's Best Book About New Mexico.

I realize that, as I write this, the year has more than eight months left to go, and I'm aware that I myself am planning to publish a New Mexico title before the end of the year, but Ausherman's new book is honestly so good, so quirky, so informative, and so unique, that I feel I can go ahead and declare it as the year's best, without hesitation.

The book, as its title suggests, contains sixty hikes, all within about sixty minutes of Albuquerque--within sixty miles of the Big I, where Interstate 40 crosses Interstate 25.

What the title doesn't immediately reveal, however, is just how amazing these sixty hikes are, just how compellingly readable their descriptions are, or just how transformational this book has the potential to be to anyone willing to go out and experience them.

The book's preface lays out the book's contents, and I challenge any resident of central New Mexico--anyone with even a spark of lust for life or a smidgen of curiosity--to read that preface and not feel overwhelmed with a feeling that maybe this place you've been living has more to it than you thought; in my case, it filled me with an almost caffeinated urge to rush out and see what it described for myself.

The book's sections include:
*The Duke City--featuring urban hikes within Albuquerque's city limits.
*The Salt Mission Trail--venturing down into the Manzano Mountains.
*The Turquoise Trail--heading up into the Sandias and beyond.
*El Camino Real--exploring natural wonders along I-25 toward Santa Fe.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erik Fosshage on August 28, 2008
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I have been an avid hiker in New Mexico for the past 7 years, and own every other hiking guide that has been published for the state. This is by far the best one yet.

Though I have hiked all over the Albuquerque area (including all of the Sandia Mountains trails and about half of the Manzano Mountains trails), of the 60 hikes in this guide I have only visited 17 of them to date. I consider this a testament to Stephen Ausherman's skill in locating unique and unknown trails that can be enjoyed by rookies and veterans alike. Reading through this guide, it's almost as if I'm about to rediscover Albuquerque.

Probably the best feature, however, is the wealth of at-a-glance detail at the beginning of each hike... including (to name just a few) shared use, driving distance, nearest facilities, and trail traffic -- these features are not typically included in other New Mexico hiking guides. The only complaint I could even attempt to make is that there are no specific details on trail access for pets... but none of the other local guides provide this either.

No veteran New Mexico hiker should be without this guide, and for beginners in the area... this is the first one you should buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2008
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Clearly that is the best pace to see the surroundings. The Menasha Ridge Press has developed an interesting concept for a book series - hikes that are within an hour of a given American city. So far, they have published 29 guides, and this guide places Albuquerque "on the map."

Stephen Ausherman has done an excellent job selecting hikes in the Albuquerque area. He is a "citizen of the world," and writes in that style. No doubt he conformed to the publisher's style and format, which certainly works for me, yet his own insights are evident - indicating that a greater danger than bears and mountain lions are other people's dogs.

Suitably, Ausherman starts his preface with an epigraph from Edward Abbey. In the preface he outlines the groupings for his hikes. The introduction covers the basic aspects of hiking, and how the book relates to them - he strikes a good balance in including information for the beginner, yet reminding the most experienced hikers of all the essentials.

As to the 60 hikes, each is described in a consistent, quite readable format. There are even some urban ones, but most are in the area with much elbow room. There is the "Key Information at a Glance," an "In Brief" description of the essence of the hike, directions to the trailhead, which includes GPS coordinates, as well as the longitude and latitude. Each is accompanied by two maps, which Ausherman emphasizes were created based on his GPS coordinates, determined by his own Garmen eTrex unit, one showing the elevation, the other the "plan view." There is a detailed description of the hike, and in most cases, a description of nearby activities. Also, in most cases, there are meaningful black and white photos taken along the hike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly H on December 30, 2009
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I have lived in the Albuquerque area for 15 years and have hiked many of the trails in the state. I bought this book because I saw out of the 60 hikes I may have only been on 4 in the past. I have a goal of doing all 60 hikes in 365 days in 2010. They are all day hikes--some easy some hard but all look very interesting. I have completed two of the hikes so far and found the information provided in the book to be very accurate and informative. I am looking forward to the next 58 hikes!

The information provided in this book is very detailed and the descriptions of the hikes are very enticing - making me want to get out on a trail right now!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys getting outdoors and exploring the community you live in. This book is great for the beginning all the way to the experienced.
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More About the Author

Stephen Ausherman served as an Artist-in-Residence for:
C-Scape at Cape Cod National Seashore, MA (2010)
Blue Sky Project in Woodstock, IL (2008)
Cornucopia Art Center in Lanesboro, MN (2007)

He was also the 2005 Writer-in-Residence for:
Bernheim Forest (KY)
Devils Tower National Monument (WY)
Buffalo National River (AR)

In pursuit of stories as a freelance journalist, Ausherman interviewed witchdoctors in the foothills of Kilimanjaro and crisscrossed Iraq in an Oldsmobile. He also taught English in Korea and China.

Born in China and raised in North Carolina, Ausherman took an unscheduled detour to New Mexico in 1996. He has lived there ever since.

Visit his site:
www.restlesstribes.com


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