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Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Paperback – April 1, 2008

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Review would be hard to better this series of Lonely Planet National Park guides.' --, March 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: National Parks
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741045592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741045598
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By 410 on December 30, 2005
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A very well assembled collection of recommendations and facts for planning a trip to Yosemite. If you want to get the most of your trip to the region, planning is essential. Just showing up will severely compromise the options you have available. If you are planning to also visit Sequoia/Kings Canyon, you might want to opt for the Frommer's Guide or Lonely Planet's "Hiking In The Sierra Nevada." Personally, I think this guide has a little more detail and better organization than the Moon guide, with the maps being far better.

Planning: The book does a very nice job giving you phone numbers, camp locations, amenities, and tips on which sites will fill up first. This really is the most important, especially if you want to camp at a popular location or want to do overnight hikes in one of the more popular destinations. If you want to stay in one of the valley hotels think a year in adavance (at least), camping in the valley needs reservations 6-8 months in advance.

Trip descriptions: For the places I visited the descriptions were thorough but not overwhelming in detail. The book has both short trips (1-3 days) as well as longer excursions, but many of these can be abbreviated to suit your needs.

Maps: You will certainly need your own big topo map when on the hike, but the maps here (and in other Lonely Planet guides) are among the best you will find in this sort of guide. First they are topographic, which helps you with overall planning, even if you will eventually make use of a big map later on. Second, the maps are in two colors, which facilitates reading immensely. Finally, the printing is fine and crisp. Some other guides have blurry reproductions of USGS maps that look like they were printed onto a paper towel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By beesknees on November 7, 2006
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I've lived in California for 3 years and have been to Yosemite at least 5 times. We have gone for backpacking trips, car camping trips, and stayed at Curry Village. We always bring this book with us. You need to have a book like this with you when you are there so you can both plan ahead and do things on the fly. It's a great book that highlights all the must-see spots. Yosemite rarely disappoints.. even if some spots are crowded, once you get there, you can understand why! Lonely Planet books in general area always well organized and have great maps. I like how this book had both short hikes as well as some longer overnight backpacking trips. It also does a good job of detailing all the campgrounds. If you want more detail (or a little different perspective) on hikes and backpacking trips, get "Hiking in the Sierra Nevada" by Lonely Planet.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Griffin on September 23, 2005
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I enjoyed this guide for the easy to find information and easy to read maps. It gave good hike descriptions and the list of spotlighted activites was right on target. I do use this regularly to create my plans for the park. This did lack the personal touch that I found in some other references and found myself picking up other guides to go with the maps in this book. The Moon guide was by far my favorite. But do check it out if your going to Yosemite. More information is always better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Felicia W on September 17, 2010
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I bought this book for a trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon and was rather disappointed at the paltry coverage given. Honestly, after having done a 8-day trip in these parks, it felt as if the author(s) of these sections did not personally visit the parks, or even if he/she/they did, they probably just breezed through and/or got information from the Rangers stations instead of actually experiencing the parks for themselves.

Descriptions are brief to the point of inadequacy for many of the sights. Take Hume Lake, for example. If we had just based our decision whether to visit or not on the guidebook, we would have skipped it, because it's two-sentence description stating the obvious: a) it's a lake; b) they have a campground, a shop, phones yadda yadda.

We were glad we made the stop anyway, and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable parts of our trip. There's a lovely little area called 'Sandy Cove' which the book makes absolutely no mention about, and neither did it point out, that despite rambling off a bunch of amenities, there are no showers at Hume Lake.

I find it disconcerting that the major sites in the parks get a one or two line mention, but the lodges and restaurants in the park get long detailed descriptions. This is a beautiful National Park in the Sierra Nevadas, a showcase of nature's wonders. Surely the focus should NOT be on how awesome a lodge is or how great it is to find a pizza parlor in the National Park. Missing the point much?
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2003
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I bought this book and was given a copy of the Moon guide to Yosemite. The Lonely Planet guide has color photos but what I really needed was help in planning a big family and friends camping trip. The Moon guide had a lot of information about different ways to "do" Yosemite, it was more like a guide tha Lonely Planet's book. The outdoor recreation coverage was better too.
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