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East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties Paperback – June 2, 2005
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- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0899973722
- Item Weight : 13.5 ounces
- Product dimensions : 6 x 0.65 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Wilderness Press; Second edition (June 2, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #324,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, the point of this book is that all that research has been done for you. You can pick up this book and get good ideas for simple hikes and much of the pertinent information without having to spend time doing all that work yourself. If this book were $50, then maybe I'd think twice, but for under $20, I have used this book many times to get general ideas of areas/parks/trails to hike. I usually supplement this book with a better trail map, but having information about much of the east bay in one concise book is very nice.
-simple guide, with breakdown of distance, approximate time, and a decent trail map
-nice range of east bay trails/parks covered
-good descriptions of the hikes, with more than just factual "data" type information.
-takes the hard work out of reseraching various EBRPD parks or other east bay parks and planning out routes, etc.
-trail maps are just ok. No distances are given on the maps, and lacks a lot of detail.
-no elevation profiles. In today's age of GPS and topo software out there, I almost expect books nowadays to have elevation profiles, or at least the amount of elevation gain.
-more of a "general idea" guide than a specific trail guide/map.
As it turns out, CA. State Parks have chosen to price them self out of the business requiring a thousand dollar donation in return for an annual parking pass, hard for a senior like me living on SSI to come up with that kind of money and I don't patronize these parks (beautiful as they are) much any more. I organize and lead hikes for the "East Bay Boomers,Take a Hike" group every Monday and Mount Diablo used to be one of my favorite destinations. With a membership of around 35 hikers and weekly participation roughly 25% State Parks are only hurting them self's by not being affordable to us. I also organize and lead weekly bird watch walks on Wednesdays for Lamorinda Seniors, (Lafayette, Morga, Orinda) a group with 60 or more persons and the participation here is about 33% or more.
Our hike this Monday will be on the Bay Trail in San Leandro, south towards Hayward and on to the Hayward Reg Shoreline, we are planning a 6 -7 mile hike. Our Wednesday bird watch will take place at Garin Reg. Park also in Hayward.
For "Boomers Take a Hike and Lamorinda Seniors Bird watch, I am; Ben