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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Olympus Press / The Trailmaster; 1st edition (August 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978657527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978657529
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Good directions, clear maps, colorful histories and descriptions." --Sunset Magazine

"A Southern California Classic" -- --Los Angeles Times

"Good directions, clear maps, colorful histories and descriptions." --Sunset Magazine

"A Southern California Classic" -- --Los Angeles Times

"Good directions, clear maps, colorful histories and descriptions." --Sunset Magazine

"A Southern California Classic" -- --Los Angeles Times

"Good directions, clear maps, colorful histories and descriptions." --Sunset Magazine

About the Author

John McKinney is the author of 20 books about hiking, parklands and nature, including The Hiker’s Way: Hike Smart. Live Well. Go Green. For 18 years, McKinney, a.k.a. The Trailmaster, wrote a weekly hiking column for the Los Angeles Times and now writes articles and commentaries about nature and outdoor recreation for both print and online publications. A passionate advocate for the environment and our need to reconnect to nature, McKinney also shares his expertise on radio, TV, in the blogosphere and at www.TheTrailmaster.com. The native Southern Californian particularly likes to share the wonders of hiking around the Southland with his fellow SoCal residents, as well as with visitors from across America and around the world. John McKinney is the author of A Walk Along Land’s End: Dispatches from the Edge of California on a 1,600-mile hike from Mexico to Oregon; Orange County, A Day Hiker’s Guide; Los Angeles County, A Day Hiker’s Guide; Day Hiker’s Guide to California’s State Parks; Let’s go Geocaching, plus many more books about hiking, nature, and outdoors recreation for both adults and children.

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John McKinney is the author of 25 books about hiking, parklands and nature, including The Hiker's Way and A Walk Along Land's End: Dispatches from the Edge of California on a 1,600-mile hike from Mexico to Oregon.

HIKE Smart and HIKE for Health & Fitness are among the debut titles in The Trailmaster's Minibuk series, designed to give hikers the information they need in an engaging and easily accessible way.

For 18 years, he wrote a weekly hiking column for the Los Angeles Times, and has hiked and enthusiastically described more than ten thousand miles of trail across America and around the world. John, a.k.a.The Trailmaster, has written more than a thousand articles about hiking plus numerous trail guidebooks, including Southern California: A Day Hiker's Guide and Day Hiker's Guide to California's State Parks.

A passionate advocate for hiking and our need to reconnect with nature, John McKinney shares his expertise on radio, TV, online, and as a public speaker.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Reeder on December 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I grew up in Southern California, but I still didn't know about a lot of the hikes in this guide. It's fun to discover new hikes when I visit my family!

McKinney is a journalist, so his writing is crisp. I love his dry wit: "Rattlesnake Canyon Trail is serpentine, but otherwise far more inviting than its name suggests." Each region and trail has an introduction that includes historical tidbits, and then the hike itself is described in great detail. He writes helpful hints for families with small kids, suggesting places to turn around and so forth. (I really appreciated his note in the introduction about how hiking with kids can help instill in them a love of nature.)

The introduction helps you decide which hikes to focus on - he covers 150 in the book! He must be in great shape. There's a very helpful "Best Hikes..." section with listings like "For Watching Whales," "With Kids," "For Tree-Huggers," and "For Romance." But its conversational tone makes you want to read every listing!
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I am very pleased with my purchase of this book. It has 150 hikes and has great accounts from the trails. This is a good sized guide and easy to take along or keep in a backpack for the trail.
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By ron on October 11, 2013
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I am sure it will be a good guide for my photographic journies. I specifically wanted to know about the LA River, and it seems to fill the bill.
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This book is full of great ideas for hikes/walks/runs on trails and even frames many areas in very in-depth historical perspective. My only issue is that, in many cases, the actual maps and directions are pretty vague. Good for background and ideas, but you'll still end up googling most of the basics yourself...
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