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Afoot & Afield in San Diego County Paperback – September, 1998
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The only reservation I have about this book is that it is so comprehensive that a very small number of hikes have slipped in there that I would not consider doing again. One in particular involved hiking along a poison oak covered trail that was littered with broken beer bottles and old tires. I'm almost reluctant to bring up this point since the vast majority of the hikes are truly wonderful.
That's the only reason I dropped star... it's not the books fault, it's mine. I may pick up the other one as well (it's actually cheaper; go figure).
This may be the only book you'll ever need on the subject, but it's not the only thing to take on a hike: you'll need that most uncommon of things, common sense" -- and that means you'll also need to bring a MAP and water, and the rest of the "Ten Essentials."
Remember, it doesn't replace a USGS or topographic map, let alone good hiking sense. It's "just" a trail guide, albeit the best one the county has had for about 20 years. And frequently and responsibly revised, too. No guidebook, or map, is of much use unless you know how to use it: a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, right?
Don't expect too much. With San Diego's exploding population, your enjoyment of trails can alter seasonally with use, let alone by weather. Schad makes every effort to anticipate your tastes when he describes a trail, when it's best to go, what you'll get most out of a hike. You'll learn how to make your hikes match your tastes the more you use this excellent book. And you'll learn to appreciate, up close and personal, the scenery of the climate you moved here for.
San Diego county has great places to explore, and a wide range of habitats: from coastal to montane, to high & low desert. Most of it makes great scenery, but up close it can be intimidating. Schad's book won't let that stop you.
Most trails, even those in state or county parks, are not well marked except at trail heads (about what you should expect when park budgets are so meager these days).
This book and a topographic map are just the things to reawaken a sense of purpose, and to give our desires a sense of direction. And these, in turn, unlock our sense of beauty and wonder.
San Diego deserves nothing less from its inhabitants, and they and it deserve nothing less than such a resourceful book as this.
San Diego County is an amazingly diverse area of natural wonder. To discover it without Jerry's help would be very difficult. I strongly recommend his book for anyone interested in such a discovery.
However, I do recommend that you take several 1-star hikes before going on to a 2-star, and several 2-stars, before a 3-star, etc., primarily to learn how to read and use the book most effectively. Picking up the book and planning a 5-star hike before going through the rest of the process is NOT recommended.