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Exploring Great Basin National Park: Including Mount Moriah Wilderness Paperback – March 28, 2012
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like a work of non-fiction, but I found myself reading straight through the very
interesting description of the Great Basin and history of the area. The real strength of
the book, however, is the information. Given that the park is in the middle of nowhere and
so far from any major city, I liked the detailed information on lodging, dining, groceries,
gasoline, etc near the park. I wouldn't want to scramble to find out all that info when I
got there. I also really like the detailed info on the hikes. Each hike has a map,
directions to the trailhead (especially nice for some of the remote Mt. Moriah wilderness
trailheads), significant points along the way with mileage, elevation change, water
availability, and a good general description. Also, the hikes are organized by what you
want to accomplish (day hike, backpack, photography, family hiking) rather than just by
where they are in the park. There's so much other information in the guide, too, like
picnicking, birding, fishing, bringing "weed-free" hay for your horse, caving, wildflowers...
the list goes on and on.
The guide gives a lot of useful background on services in the area which is important given the remoteness of the park. The history of the area and the park in particular were good but could have been enlivened by some anecdotes and more depth. The strongest part of the guide is the trail descriptions which cover many of the routes. Excellent trail coverage includes access to water, estimated time, and difficulty as well as key location points. The maps are useful but given the elevation changes, topographical maps would be better. Overall, I think the guide is very useful but color photos in the paperback edition would be a big improvement.
Thank you for reading my review.