- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Big Earth Publishing; Reissue edition (September 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565794907
- ISBN-13: 978-1565794900
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,408,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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140 Great Hikes in and Near Palm Springs Paperback – September, 2003
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A few weeks ago Amazon listed it correctly and I bought it, but they shipped me the 120 Great Hikes book which I had to return, I already owned it. Now they have succeeded in somehow not selling the updated book but sending you to this listing if you put in the new books ISBN.
Wait until they get this figured out. I live in Palm Desert and the stores here are deeply discounting the 120 Great Hikes book and carrying the 140 Great Hikes book at the same time. Don't know why Amazon doesn't do that too.
This book is great for looking for ideas of where to hike, but I have consistently found the trail descriptions and maps provided to poorly describe the terrain. It really is a fantastic piece of research, but contains many inaccuracies, and is easily misleading. Essentially: only half of what you want from a good guide. I would hazard any would-be-user to bone up on your map-reading skills, and do tons of research before using this guide on any hike.
On one occasion, I hiked off hwy 74, and there were SEVERAL large gates along the trail. The trail description states that we were to cross the 'large gate'. If I did not have my gps with me we would have been totally lost. The first trail lead south, back to the highway, and would have easily taken us many miles in the wrong direction.
In general the vague 'waymarks' (described points and intersections where trails wander off in new directions), were very badly described.
While the book brags that it is 'gps friendly', this is honestly not the case. I would suggest to the authors that actual gps tracks would be fantastic (simply downloadable? on a CD?). These were obviously recorded by the authors, but the data provided is not intuitive. For example, in 'The Grottos' description, coordinates are often given for semi-random points in the trail, rather than at every trail junction. Ultimately, the book has tremendous promise, but fails in it's mission to be comprehensive, or, honestly, all that practical for all but preliminary research. And yet it IS a good research for initial research. Ultimately, however, even paired with the responsible use of tools such as GPSrs, the book lacks the clarity or polish it deserves.
There are two things which keep this book from rating 5 stars. First, the directions to some of the trailheads are poorly written and vague. Also, the maps which accompany the text are of questionable accuracy. We found one map printed upside down, one that showed a non-existent trail junction, etc. Use this book for ideas and to get a general sense of the hike you are interested in, then get yourself a good map (locally, see Desert Map and Aerial Photography in Rancho Mirage) for when you are out walking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great selection of hikes and well organized. The hikes extend quite a way from Palm Springs. Some of the directions to trailheads are a bit hard to follow.Published 20 days ago by John Avery
i can highly recommend this if you want to explore around Palm SpingsPublished 1 month ago by BBQFriend
Great little guide with good descriptions and directions for hikes in the area. Thank you!Published 4 months ago by Jillybean16
Probably the most informative hiking guide to the coachella valley. Other books may have some hikes that are not included in this book but the descriptions in this guide completely... Read morePublished 19 months ago by josh
Full of info. Although I feel lie it missed the mark on some of the super easy accessible trails/walk like Indian Canyon.Published on June 10, 2014 by Sandra Marie
This book allowed us to take in some hikes we didn't know about in the Palm Springs area. We hope to keep going back and check off all 140 hikes eventually! Loved it!Published on April 6, 2014 by Holstrom
Great trails from beginner to expert. Lots of fun for those active and want to do something different then golfPublished on March 10, 2014 by Jr1
The Coachella Valley bounded by Palm Springs with its majestic Mount San Jacinto in the West to Indio in the East is one of the more scenic and geological diverse areas in the... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Luis Figueroa