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

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...it would be hard to better this series of Lonely Planet National Park guides.' -- Suite101.com, 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The write-ups of trails are pretty good, but there wasn't a map of the trail right there with the description, nor was there any way to quickly link one trail to another. Another complaint about this book is that there wasn't a large map showing insets of the trails. I read about Tuolumne Meadows and of Glacier Point and decided that I wanted to visit them. There was a map of each (somewhere in there) but I couldn't tell how far they were from each other, nor tell what part of the park they were in. Turns out they are about four hours / a hundred miles'drive from each other. I used this book in conjunction with the Falcon's Guide to Hiking Yosemite National Park and found they complemented each other well. A E H
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I bought this book to use it in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, if you intend to use in these parks I did not recommend. I dont know about the Yosemith (thats why I gave 3 star, I would like to gave two and half), but there is little information about S&KC and lack of maps. The part related to S&KC is just one or two stars.
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Lonely Planet produces some of the best all around travel guides. They are detailed and offer good advice on where to eat, stay, camp, and hike. This particular guidebook at once offers both more and less than it promises. Although 3 national parks are listed in the title, it is really a guide to the central Sierra. Readers will not only learn about tourist attractions in the National Parks, but also locations all along the Owens Valley, from super hot springs to backpack trip suggestions for the eastern Sierra. Excursions through Gold country and an extended discussion of some excellent state parks, notably Calaveras Big Trees State Park, round out a very nice book.

On the other hand, Sequoia and Kings Canyon proper receive relatively little coverage, despite appearing prominently in the title. If you are planning to visit these parks in particular, another guide book may be more appropriate. Still in all this is a very nice book. The plates in the front are fabulous. If those photos do not make you want to drop everything and head for California's best mountain range, nothing will. There are lots of fun sidebars covering every imaginable topic, from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail solo to the recovery of Mono Lake. Finally, maps, driving directions, and especially restaurant suggestions, are everything one comes to expect from a Lonely Planet Guide. On the whole then, this one gets two thumbs up.
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