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Product Details

  • Series: Explorer's Guides
  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; Second Edition edition (June 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581571402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581571400
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Open to any page and you'll find a great story, along with details that will inspire travel--and more reading. --Westways Magazine

A great book. I recently culled about 70 percent of my huge library in expectation of downsizing my living space. This made my No. 1 shelf. --Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle Outdoors

A thorough, entertaining guide to the region... unusually detailed... a joy to read. --Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards

The new edition of David T. Page's Yosemite and the Southern Sierra Nevada is quickly becoming a favorite. --Sacramento Bee

No disrespect to all those national park app makers out there, but you just won't find the detail and resources in those apps that Mr. Page has crammed into his 400+-page book. -- National Parks Traveler

From the Back Cover

Explorer's Guide Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada is the only complete traveler's guide to this magnificent area. It covers Yosemite National Park to the eastern fringes of Death Valley, including chapters on Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the Mammoth Mountain/Mammoth Lakes region, the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra, and Death Valley National Park. You'll find invaluable practical information on outdoor outfitters, camping, hiking trails, visitors centers and ranger stations, and weather and road conditions, as well as detailed reviews of accommodations and restaurants, recreational activities, and many points of historic and cultural interest along the way. Everything you could ever want or need to know to plan and enjoy your trip is right here, in this must-have guidebook.

More About the Author

DAVID PAGE has run sled dogs into the Maroon Bells, seined for salmon off the Kenai, hunted for T-Rex eggs in Patagonia, and traveled from the Algerian Sahara to Paris in the back of a Belgian floral delivery van. He has written for the Discovery Channel, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Eastside, Backcountry, Men's Journal, Skiing, and The New York Times. He is a contributing editor at-large for MatadorNetwork.com, editor-in-chief of BETA magazine, and author of the critically-acclaimed Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada: An Explorer's Guide (Countryman Press/W.W. Norton), now in its second printing. He lives on the side of a volcano in Mammoth Lakes, California, with his wife, his two young sons, and their illegal migrant canine.

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Some of us who are visually challenged will be challenged all the more.
Barbara Steinberg - California Travel Insider
Thank you to David Page for including Cort Cottage Bed and Breakfast in the Three Rivers, California, section of the latest edition of this book.
Elsah Cort
Award-winning travel writer David T. Page lives on the side of a volcano.
Dick Jordan

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dick Jordan on July 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Award-winning travel writer David T. Page lives on the side of a volcano. But that doesn't mean that he spends all his nights sleeping in a lava bed. And you won't either if you use the second edition of his An Explorers Guide: Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada to plan your next trip to the mountains and deserts fringing the California-Nevada border.

The book's publisher, The Countryman Press, says that it "is not a guide to the backcountry... but to the spectacular roads, towns and scenic wonders along its edge, with detailed reviews of accommodations, dining, recreational activities, guides, outfitters, provisions, campsites, trailheads, and the many points of historical and cultural interest along the way." In short, it's just the kind of guidebook that should appeal to Baby Boomer "Mountain Men" like myself who want "creature comforts" to go along with scenic wonders.

Page tells you How To Get There From Here, sets out the history of each region covered by the book, includes lists of movies shot on location, and provides recommendations for lodging, dining, and recreation.

As John Muir once said, "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." If he was still tramping around in his Range of Light, Muir would undoubtedly have a copy of An Explorers Guide: Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada tucked away in his rucksack.

Explorer's Guide Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada: Includes Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia, Kings Canyon & Death Valley: A Great Destination (Second Edition) (Explorer's Great Destinations)
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David Page's storyteller voice is clear and one you'll enjoy. For anyone looking to explore the Sierra Nevada - east and south plus Yosemite and all the way to Death Valley - buy this book. In-depth descriptions will guide you to all destinations off-road and on, from the lowest to the highest. The most beautiful sides of California and everything you'll need to get there and back.

All the history, geography and background to explore these incredible landscapes -- some of the other worldly. And inspire you to visit again and again. California has more than its share of National Parks, but none more exceptional than Yosemite, Death Valley, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon. David provides the essentials for first-timers or experienced travelers to these scenic wonders. Trails, lodging, restaurants, landmarks -- it's all there and more. You can use this as a guide, but just as easily read it as a first-person account.

That ribbon of Hwy 395, in and out of the Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes, Mono Lake, and Mt. Whitney, it's magic. Every detail is revealed in the Explorer's Guide Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada: Includes Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia, Kings Canyon & Death Valley: A Great Destination. I do wish fonts were larger and darker. Some of us who are visually challenged will be challenged all the more. There was a lot of ground to cover and this was the only way to get it done. This is the most special side of California and one I know well. And even better now with David's book id in my collection. Though some of my secreted places have been exposed. I like to share but some things I keep close to the vest!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike McKenna on July 28, 2011
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Whether you're a journalist or just like to explore, hike, fish or have a fancy for western history, there's no better source about the heart of the Sierra Nevada than David Page's "Yosemite & the Southern Sierra." Page's writing is crisp, clear and highly entertaining. From my professional to personal life, I've found this book to be invaluable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas (Sherri's husband) on May 7, 2013
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We purchased this book to guide us down 395, on our travels to Yuma, Arizona and it served us well.

We traveled in the first week of November and at this elevation, this time of year, there was snow on the mountain tops and yes, it was freezing cold at night but the landscape was in full Fall color and was nothing short of gorgeous. Watch the snow reports as this time of year, at this elevation, is the cusp between Fall and hard Winter driving conditions and without exaggeration, conditions can change on a proverbial dime.

Coming from Carson City, NV, heading South on 395 into California, we start our sojourn in Bridgeport, stopped and visited Bodie and spent the night in Bridgeport.

It was cold and windy in Bodie. The park closes up early and the last three miles is unpaved and is a slow, ungraded ten/fifteen MPH crawl. Take jackets, water, snacks and get there early enough to see the ghost town and yes, it will leave an impression that will last a lifetime. Well worth the time to visit.

In the morning, continued driving South to Mono Lake and just South of Mono Lake, headed East on 120 to 95 in Nevada on our way South to Yuma, AZ. After visiting in Yuma, we pick back up with a couple nights stay in Death Valley and this book served us well in all it's efforts to inform us of what there was to see.

This is a +400 page travel guide that is well indexed and if like us, you've never been to this part of the world and are clueless what is happening in this neighborhood, this is an indispensable, introductory travel guide one can read at home and do further online research to bring you up to speed before driving along one of the driving wonders of the world, Hwy 395.

Our thanks to the author, David T. Page for his writing efforts and his willingness, via the written word, to share his experience so as to help us with ours.
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