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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Farcountry Press; Updated Edition edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560371579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560371571
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my favorite book of day hikes. The authors, husband and wife rangers, don't just tell you where to go, they help you understand what you are seeing. ---from Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park by Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside magazine

After 25 years of directing tourists and explaining the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, Roger and Carol Shively Anderson have learned a few things about the world's first national park. Now they're sharing a big portion of that knowledge in a new guidebook, one that will help even seasoned park visitors enjoy and appreciate the place. The book is compact enough to slip inside a pocket of a daypack. Doing so could add a lot of entertainment and education to a day in the park. ---Scott McMillion, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes is a handy tool for those considering a walk in the woods. This guide describes each hike concisely, with information about length, difficulty, and what you'll be seeing. ---Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul

After 25 years of directing tourists and explaining the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, Roger and Carol Shively Anderson have learned a few things about the world's first national park. Now they're sharing a big portion of that knowledge in a new guidebook, one that will help even seasoned park visitors enjoy and appreciate the place. The book is compact enough to slip inside a pocket of a daypack. Doing so could add a lot of entertainment and education to a day in the park. ---Scott McMillion, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes is a handy tool for those considering a walk in the woods. This guide describes each hike concisely, with information about length, difficulty, and what you'll be seeing. ---Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul

After 25 years of directing tourists and explaining the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, Roger and Carol Shively Anderson have learned a few things about the world's first national park. Now they're sharing a big portion of that knowledge in a new guidebook, one that will help even seasoned park visitors enjoy and appreciate the place. The book is compact enough to slip inside a pocket of a daypack. Doing so could add a lot of entertainment and education to a day in the park. ---Scott McMillion, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes is a handy tool for those considering a walk in the woods. This guide describes each hike concisely, with information about length, difficulty, and what you'll be seeing. ---Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul

After 25 years of directing tourists and explaining the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, Roger and Carol Shively Anderson have learned a few things about the world's first national park. Now they're sharing a big portion of that knowledge in a new guidebook, one that will help even seasoned park visitors enjoy and appreciate the place. The book is compact enough to slip inside a pocket of a daypack. Doing so could add a lot of entertainment and education to a day in the park. ---Scott McMillion, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes is a handy tool for those considering a walk in the woods. This guide describes each hike concisely, with information about length, difficulty, and what you'll be seeing. ---Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul

After 25 years of directing tourists and explaining the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, Roger and Carol Shively Anderson have learned a few things about the world's first national park. Now they're sharing a big portion of that knowledge in a new guidebo ---Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul

After 25 years of directing tourists and explaining the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, Roger and Carol Shively Anderson have learned a few things about the world's first national park. Now they're sharing a big portion of that knowledge in a new guidebook, one that will help even seasoned park visitors enjoy and appreciate the place. The book is compact enough to slip inside a pocket of a daypack. Doing so could add a lot of entertainment and education to a day in the park. ---Scott McMillion, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes is a handy tool for those considering a walk in the woods. This guide describes each hike concisely, with information about length, difficulty, and what you'll be seeing. ---Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul

From the Publisher

Using this guide is like having your own personal rangers along for a day in Yellowstone National Park. Between them, the husband-and-wife team have 25 years of ranger experience, and they KNOW Yellowstone. Here are 29 day hikes, in all parts of the park, with details about what you're seeing along the way. Each trail includes contoured sketch map.

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This book was my constant companion in my day pack and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Yellowstone.
T. H. Curry
The information on each trail is completely accurate with respect to distances, maps, directions, etc., and the naturalist notes are very informational.
Panky2
And the hikes are the things we enjoyed the most- I can't wait to go back to yellowstone in a few years so we can try some of the longer ones.
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful By adamgator on November 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
This guide was an invaluable resource for making the best of a week at Yellowstone. It was like carrying a park ranger in your pocket (just much less weight). First of all, the first few pages have trails listed by both (1) location in the park (Yellowstone is LARGE) and by difficulty. These lists include highlights of each trail. Approximately 30 trails are described in detail. For each trail, roundtrip distance, elevation change, difficulty level, and expected duration (hours) is listed along with a brief description, potential hazards, direction to the trailhead, and best times of year to hike. Subsequently, a detailed naturalist's description of the trail is provided. These notes are perfect for planning your hikes of using as a step-by-step guide for reading as you hike. The authors provide details about wildlife, flora & fauna, geology, history, and scenery along each trail. Each trails has a full-page easy-to-read contour map that provides the hiker with information on elevation changes and other useful details. As if the trail descriptions didn't already make you want to hike every trail, the guide provides a color photo from each trail making me wish I had time to hike the entire guide. The Anderson book also provides lists of what to bring on day hikes as well as tips for hiking in grizzly country. If a day hike for you is 15-20 miles or more, consider the Marschall book on Yellowstone trails (keep in mind, the first description of a trail often comes 5-10 miles into it). Trails you don't want to miss: Mt. Washburn, Storm Point, Avalanche Peak, Yellowstone Grand Canyon Rim (either or both), Pelican Creek, Trout Lake. We had the pleasure of meeting Ranger Carol Anderson (co-author) at the Lake Visitor Center - she spent an hour reviewing hikes with us. These folks know their stuff - I highly recommend this book for the average day hiker.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on October 26, 2004
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This guide includes 29 day hikes, well organized by park region. Its 28 pictures also provide a nice glimpse into some of the terrain you'll see on those hikes. It's small and easy to carry in your pack, but it covers a relatively small number of hikes in the park.

Each hike listing provides the usual driving and hiking directions found in guide books. Unlike the other guidebooks here, each hike also includes a topographical map of the hike. (The Falcon Guide includes elevation information on a separate chart but I still find the topo easier to use.) This makes the book very useful for armchair planners who haven't yet taken my advice to buy the Trails Illustrated map.

In addition, each hike includes a brief "special attention" section that is surprisingly helpful. For example, if a given trail is closed in early summer for bear management, you'll see that fact highlighted here instead of being hidden in the text.

The best part of the book is the "naturalist notes," however. The selling point of this book is that it is written by two rangers who are used to sharing their knowledge along a trail. That's exactly what they do here. As a result, it is easier to visualize the trail experience from this book than from any of the other guides I've seen.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steve Horstmeyer on October 27, 2007
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As a veteran of more than 35 years of wilderness backpacking in all kinds of weather and every season of the year my brother-in-law and I decided to shoot HD video in Yellowstone.

We did not want to do a wilderness trek on the first time out with all new video gear so decided day hikes were best. We did 20 of 29 of the hikes in "A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes" in 7 days and covered 70 miles on foot.

This is a great book, one of the best I have seen in my years of hiking and backpacking. Each trail is unique and amazing. Some are tough but even the steepest trail was not so bad for a 54 year old with 35 pounds of video gear on his back. Trail ratings are true, so you will NOT be surprised by a gargantuan climb that is rated as moderate. Strenuous ratings wisely reflect both length and elevation change.

If you have room for only one day hike book in your travel gear this IS the book. If you are a seasoned backcountry expert or a beginner you will not be dissapointed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pat McMahon on November 2, 2010
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I bought this book along with the Top Trails Yellowstone and Grand Tetons and would up using this one more often. I was frustrated by one hike, though, when the description of the trail was insufficient and I finally turned back. The author should use terms like "east" and "south" instead of "by the trees" because there were trees in every which direction! It seemed at times that he was so familiar with the trails that he assumed too much instead of looking at it from the eyes of someone new to the area. It was good for organization of the trails and for helping me to figure out which ones to consider and which to pass by based on the time of year or the weather conditions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Longtime editor on August 1, 2007
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The twenty-five years of cumulative ranger experience of the authors really shows. Yellowstone hiking guides by Bill Schneider and Robert Stone contain more hikes (with much briefer descriptions) and guides by Tom Carter and Mark Marschall are fine books rich in description but the Andersons' book of 29 hikes is the "gold standard." It combines accuracy, useful topographic maps, interesting naturalist information, and excellent color photographs at a great price. It even makes a good souvenir to keep after you've hiked.
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