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Product Details

  • Series: Regional Hiking Series
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: FalconGuides; Second edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762761040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762761043
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Lace up your boots and trek where John Muir, shepherds, cattlemen, and Native Americans once did by sampling eighty-six of the finest trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have to offer. From towering groves of giant sequoia trees, crystalline rivers, cascading waterfalls, and glacially carved canyons to flower-filled alpine meadows and soaring peaks like Mount Whitney, this south-central California region has routes to please hikers of every stripe.

For more than thirty years, FalconGuides® have set the standard for outdoor guidebooks. Written by top experts, each guide invites you to experience the adventure and beauty of the outdoors.
 
Features
• Hikes suited to every ability, from hour-long strolls to ten-day treks
• Directions to the trailheads
• Trail Finder for best hikes to mountaintops, waterfalls, meadows, sequoia groves,or lakes
• Comprehensive trail descriptions with mile-by-mile directional cues
• GPS coordinates
• Difficulty ratings, average hiking times, and best hiking seasons for every hike
• Information on fees and permits, contacts, canine compatibility, and services

About the Author

Laurel Scheidt is a veteran hiker and the author of Best Easy Day Hikes Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

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The whole book has that crisp, glossy feel to it, which I like a lot.
Lilly Koi
Illustrations of altitude, vertical gain, trail markers (or great land marks to watch out for when there are no trail markers).
Chad Magiera
Looking forward to using this guide on a future trip to see more of the parks!
Jase Wells

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Koi on August 18, 2011
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I don't do reviews, so forgive me if I leave out critical information that you would normally expect. I intend this review for those who are wondering about the second edition, whether or not they should purchase it, how it compares to the first edition, etc. This is not a review to tell you whether or not this is the best book on the topic.

*If* like me you enjoyed the first edition and your copy is quickly becoming worn out, buy the new one! It's much better. First off, it has color photographs now. The whole book has that crisp, glossy feel to it, which I like a lot. In other words, it's a higher quality print all around.

The biggest different that stands out to me is the quality of the trail maps. First, they are color, and clearly show the trail in yellow highlighting. The first edition just had thicker, bold dashes, which wasn't good as the other connecting trails were also dashes--just not as thick or bold. This is a tremendous improvement in my opinion.

Also, the maps better show the trail's relationship to other trails in the area. In the first edition, the map would largely show only the given trail, with other connecting trails left out for the most part. For example, if you compare the old Circle Meadow map to the new one, it's now much easier to see how it connects to Trail of the Sequoias and how Trail of the Sequoias connects back to Alta trail. Excellent! This is great if you want to trail hop. I remember with my first edition I had to photocopy several different trails to make a larger one showing all the connections. This may no longer be necessary.

The term "semi-loop" has been replaced with the term "lollipop" which I find amusing, but it actually makes sense if you consider the shape that the trail makes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
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At present, this book is the most comprehensive guide to hiking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Printed on glossy paper with nice two color maps, it features 82 routes through the Parks. These are centered around 11 separate geographical areas. In short, this book explores virtually all the ecosystems found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Fully revised in a second edition, it includes new trail heads and up to date information on backcountry regulations. The author has also made a real effort to provide more natural history comments in her route descriptions.

There is a lot to like in this book. The many full color photos accentuate the text. Based on my experience, the maps and elevation profiles are accurate. The book also offers a nice mix of longer day hikes and backpack trips. I docked it a single star because I would like to see contours on the maps instead of elevation profiles. Topographical maps are simply better for identifying features near the trail. I am also concerned about the number of trail descriptions that were essentially the same route with a destination just slightly further out along the trail. For example, the book lists as separate trips the High Sierra Trail to Bearpaw Meadow, the High Sierra Trail to Hamilton Lakes, the High Sierra Trail to Nine Lakes Basin, and the High Sierra Trail to Big Arroyo. Given the number of trails in Sequoia that could have received additional treatment in a book like this, it would be nice if the author had combined a few of the route descriptions. That said, this is the most comprehensive guide to hiking the parks currently available. If you want to do some extended exploration in Sequoia and King's Canyon, be sure to get this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mattedhairs on July 10, 2013
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Purchased this in advance of our west coast hiking trip and though good found the lonely planet book much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chad Magiera on January 15, 2013
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I learned a ton from this book and one other (Top Trails by Mike White) before heading out to SKCNP. There are so many useful words of wisdom in here. Great lists of "feature hikes" if you just want a quick skim. Or more in depth walk throughs of each area of the park and a heads up of what to expect depending on the season. Some hidden gems.

Perfect trail layouts. Illustrations of altitude, vertical gain, trail markers (or great land marks to watch out for when there are no trail markers). What level of fitness or difficulty is involved in each trail.

Not quite small enough to carry on the trail (as every ounce counts against you) but we had it with us every other second of the day.

Highly Recommend it.
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