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Yosemite & The Southern Sierra Nevada: A Complete Guide, Including Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Death Valley & Mammoth Lakes (Great Destinations) Paperback – April 17, 2008


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“David T. Page presents a thorough, entertaining guide to the region. It contains an unusually detailed section on the natural history of the area, sure to appeal to Page’s outdoor-minded readers. It’s a joy to read.” (Society of American Travel Writers Foundation)

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This is the only complete traveler's guide to California's Southern Sierra Nevada, covering the region from Yosemite National Park to the Kern River Plateau. Includes chapters on Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks (and the newly-created Giant Sequoia National Monument), the Mammoth Mountain/Mammoth Lakes region (including Mono Lake), the Owens Valley & Eastern Sierra, and Death Valley National Park.

Author David Page chronicles the roads, towns and scenic wonders within the national parks and along the edges of some of the most spectacular wilderness in North America, with detailed reviews of accommodations, dining, recreational activities, guides, outfitters, provisions, campsites, trailheads, and the many points of historic and cultural interest along the way. With stunning photos and detailed maps throughout, this guide is a must-have for your trip.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; 1st edition (April 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581570775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581570779
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

Bravo, David Page!
Jean Keely
In each chapter he describes lodging and dining options, popular and less well known tourist destinations.
Fritz R. Ward
Highly recommended if you plan to spend some time in this beautiful region!
Johnny Vigneux

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
David Page may have invented a new genre - the literary travel guide. His book starts with natural and cultural history - "Contexts" - the back-stories to the remarkable places he describes in graceful language.

Page has skied, climbed, walked or driven to all of these places and this shows in the how-to-get-there chapter called "Into the Hills".

Each area chapter, Death Valley, Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia Kings Canyon and Yosemite, has more context stories and exhaustive listing of places to eat and stay, and things to see and do. The book is crammed with details: you can get rattlesnake empanasas at the Furnace Creek Inn, the location of the only Indian restaurant between LA and Carson City in Nevada, where to check the white-water flows on the Kaweah River, the temperature of Keogh Hot Springs and much more.

Describing the highest, lowest, snowiest, driest, sunniest, and arguably some of the most beautiful places in the US, this book is a splendid resource for exploring a remarkable land. This is a book worth reading, even if you never get to visit these places. But I hope you do.
- Bill Becher
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on June 28, 2008
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David Page openly admits that no writer will ever compete with John Muir when it comes to describing the Sierras. So Page wisely decides against even attempting to do so. However, he notes that Muir had little, if anything, to say about accomodations, meals and travel routes, so Page modestly addresses his book to these topics. For the most part, he does a very fine job. He divides the southern Sierra region into chapters covering Death Valley, the Owens Valley, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite, and the Sequoia/King's Canyon National Parks. In each chapter he describes lodging and dining options, popular and less well known tourist destinations. (I was pleased to find Buck Rock Lookout and Saline Valley Hot Springs listed along with more popular locations like Moro Rock and Badwater.) I would have included a little more information on Giant Sequoia National Monument, but that is my only criticism.

Page's writing style is also enjoyable. His prose, even when discussing the most mundane of topics is often blunt and never boring. For example, he claims the breakfast buffet at Stovepipe Wells "evokes something recently reconstituted from ancient stores on the planet Tatooine." Having sat for a meal there many years ago, I see my own impressions of the place are still valid. But the best part of the book are the many sidebars and discussions of local history. Page actually went to the trouble of researching his subjects, rather than simply accepting today's politically correct judgements. As a result, people like James Savage emerge from today's fairy tales into the complex characters they really were. I doubt even a fraction of historians, much less the general populace, is aware of the degree to which Native Americans held Savage in high regard.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jean Keely on March 11, 2008
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I just finished David Page's book. After spending over forty years of my life enjoying the wonder of the Sierras, it is time we had a book so full of information and so well written. It should be a "must" for anyone who appreciates this area and all that it has to offer. The photographs, both old and new, bring another wonderful dimension to the book. Bravo, David Page!
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By BRNN on November 3, 2010
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Positives:
Well written
Good background information
Much more detailed in terms of the natural history
Negatives:
Not really very useful for walks, or for mundane matters

I think this book has been caught between two stools. It cannot decide whether to be a popular guidebook with useful information such as where to walk or where to eat, or whether it wants to satisfy the intellectual curiosity of the visitor. As a consequence it doesn't really do either particularly well: it leans towards the latter but comes up short.
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Not sure why others gave this good reviews. When I purchase a travel book I want to know where is a good place to stay or what's a good hike, other helpful tips, etc...I don't need a bunch of history on the locations. Just tell me if the beds are comfy, rooms clean, food good/bad, etc. I can get my history lesson of who walked here before me on my actual trip...
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The southern Sierra Nevada is a complex place with lots of things to do and see! The guide encompasses many different aspects of our road trip out there and answered many questions that we had. Highly recommended if you plan to spend some time in this beautiful region!
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