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Product Details

  • Series: Top Trails
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; Second Edition edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899974848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899974842
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Weintraub is a writer, editor, and photographer. His other Wilderness Press titles are North Bay Trails, Monterey Bay Trails, Top Trails: San Francisco Bay Area, Afoot & Afield San Francisco Bay Area, and Adventure Kayaking Cape Cod and Martha's Vinyard.

Benjamin Pease is a cartographer and trail advocate based in San Francisco. He has explored Bay Area parks and trails for more than 30 years. Ben has created countless maps for Wilderness Press books, and he publishes a series of Pease Press trail maps, which champion lesser-known Bay Area parks.


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David Weintraub is a writer, editor, photographer, and educator based in Myrtle Beach, SC. He is the author of eight travel books and many articles for publications such as Photo District News, Outdoor Photographer, and Hemispheres. David has a master's degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina, where he is a full-time instructor teaching visual communications.

David has a Vimeo site for his photography and video, http://vimeo.com/weintraub/albums

David's blog site is http://davidweintraubblog.wordpress.com

David's archived articles for the online magazine Black Star Rising are at http://rising.blackstar.com/author/davidweintraub

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2009
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I think one could plausibly argue that San Francisco and the surrounding Bay area offers more immediately accessible outdoor recreation than any other metropolis in the country. Between the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, numerous state parks, Point Reyes National Seashore, and perhaps the best regional park system in the country, the Bay Area offers the best in hiking. Several years ago, David Weintraub wrote the first edition of Top Trails San Francisco and it quickly became one of the most sought after guides to the region. Now Ben Pease, a local cartographer, has updeated the original Weintraub book and the result is even better than the first edition.

Like all books in the Top Trails series, this guide is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of trails in the Bay Area. Instead, this book aims to describe the best routes and introduce hikers to as many ecosystems found within the Bay Area as possible. The book, like most Bay Area hiking guides, is divided into 4 chapters: Marin and North Bay, Peninsula, East Bay and South Bay. Each chapter begins with a short snapshot of hikes covered so one can quickly find a route that suits ability and interest. All 44 trail descriptions found in this book can be done in a single day though a few (Sky Trail in Point Reyes, Frog Lake in Henry Coe State Park) allow for overnight options. Each trail then receives an extensive write up followed by a two color map, elevation profile, and list of significant milestones.

Of the 44 hikes listed, I have taken five exactly as described in this book. However, I have also explored several portions of other routes. Based on what I have seen, the authors succeeded in identifying some truly choice trails in the Bay Area. The maps and mileage are accurate and the black and white photos complement the text nicely. I plan to take this book with me on my next vacation to the Bay Area. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Fischer on August 16, 2004
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This is an awesome book. It is very well organized-clearly the result of a lot of thought put into it by folks who have had the frustrating experience of struggling through poorly written or poorly organized guide books-and informative, while at the same time being concise and user friendly. It does a great job of including a wide variety of fabulous hikes, from short, leisurely walks to strenuous hikes for those up to a challenge, and a whole lot in between. An excellent addition to the Top Trials series. You won't be disappointed, and you will get good use out of this book no matter what your skill level or interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jarvis on March 17, 2008
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This book continues to be a valuable resource for planning hikes for my scout troop. I used it to plan a hike at Wildcat Canyon, in the east bay.
It was easy to improvise from the pre-planned hike in the book because the maps were very good. I added a few miles to the hike presented in the book with no problem.

The starting points are well marked, and the textual description was very good. Trail references were superb. Driving directions to the trailhead were adequate but could have been a little clearer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric on October 18, 2010
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Wilderness Press Hiking guides are my absolute favorite. Descriptions of trails are always very detailed and easy to follow. Outstanding features in this book (and other guides I own from The Wilderness Press) include detailed maps with easy to locate trail key, trail grid (making it easy to compare trails) describing features such as dog allowance; biking accessibility; viewpoints; difficulty; length; altitude change; wildlife patterns; terrain type; waterfall and stream features; altitude track, landmarks for on-the-trail quick references, alternate route options, and seasonal descriptions about various parts of each hike. Bottom line: this is a great tool for both novice and beginner hikers or anyone else wanting to get out and explore the SF bay area's beautiful natural landscape and wildlife. Enjoy!
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