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Product Details

  • Series: Top Trails
  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; 1 edition (April 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899974864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899974866
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike White was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He learned to hike in the Cascades and honed his outdoor skills while attending Seattle Pacific University. After college, Mike relocated to the high desert of Nevada, where he was drawn to the beautiful and sunny Sierra.

In the early 1990s Mike began writing about the outdoors full time. He expanded Wilderness Press' Trinity Alps, and then wrote his first guide, Nevada Wilderness Areas and Great Basin National Park. Subsequent books included the Wilderness Press Snowshoe Trails series, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park,Backpacking Nevada, and Top Trails Lake Tahoe, which won the Benjamin Franklin Award in 2005. His most recent works include 50 Classic Hikes in Nevada, and he collaborated on updated versions of Sierra North and Sierra South. Mike has also contributed to Backpacking California and has written for Sunset and Backpacker magazines and the Reno Gazette-Journal. He teaches hiking and snowshoeing classes at Truckee Meadows Community College and is a featured speaker for outdoor groups.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2009
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You might think that a book promising the to list the "top trails" in the Sequoia and King's Canyon, arguably two of the finest parks in the Sierra, would focus exclusively on those two parks. Indeed, that is what I expected after picking up this new book from Wilderness Press. I was hoping to relive some of my fondest memories from my first two summers in California when I worked in these two parks and perhaps find a new route or two to explore. But Mike White's interpretation of his topic includes numerous eastern Sierra trail heads that either barely enter the boundaries of these parks or stay exclusively in adjacent wilderness areas. Indeed, almost half the hikes (23 of 50) start outside the park. Nonetheless, after carefully reading the book and giving full consideration to the author's goal of "beautiful scenery, access, trail quality, and diversity of experience" in selecting the hikes for this guide, I have to conclude this book is indeed a great listing of "top" trails in the southern High Sierra.

Although the parks are managed as a single unit, this book considers Sequoia and King's Canyon separately. Four chapters discuss each park from eastern and western approaches and the book provides 50 hikes. The vast bulk of these are day hikes though several could be made into pleasant overnight backpack trips. I have hiked the vast bulk of the routes White describes in the western regions of the park and have no complaints about his selections. In the eastern Sierra, the book is rather heavily weighted towards King's Canyon, with the trail heads in Onion Valley and outside Bishop commanding more attention than those in the Golden Trout wilderness.

I found very little to fault in this book. I might have included a few more short walks than White did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barkid on September 19, 2011
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This is a great book if you are looking for hardcore hiking, but is not a very good guide if you are looking for day hikes. Beware that a lot of hike require special permits and are outside of the park.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederick G. Rozendal on August 14, 2010
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Excellent introduction to the parks: wide-ranging background information setting the stage; great details about individual trails; easily used with symbols to indicate qualities of various trails; great idea of difficulty levels (elevation profiles; ratings; descriptions.
It was my first trip in many years in the parks; I used the book regularly, both in planning where to go and while hiking. Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Keck on June 1, 2009
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Great description of the trails and levels of difficulty. Well organized book...hikes grouped by areas of the park.
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