With its famed foothills, historic Mother Lode region, and picturesque delta, California's capital and its surrounding area are an excellent hiking destination. But where to begin? Using author Jordan Summers' careful, hiking-based research, this useful guide introduces area residents and visitors to an array of the best day-hikes from casual riverside nature walks to rugged foothill treks within roughly an hour’s drive of the city. The book's detailed descriptions help hikers choose routes with concise, at-a-glance information that highlights details such as location, access, directions, distances, and scenery. There's also preparation advice to help hikers get the most from each outing. Extensive and precise maps, descriptive text, a wealth of black-and-white photos, and trailhead coordinates guide hikers on their way and keep them on-route.