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Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels (NONE) Paperback – July 2, 2013
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For this 9th edition he's been joined by seasoned hiker (and airline pilot) Doug Christiansen, who updated the book to reflect the latest trail conditions.
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How I look forward to renewing my love of both ranges again with Robinson & Co.'s help!
*Trails of the Angeles* covers many of my favorite dayhikes, especially Mt. Lowe and Mt. Baden-Powell. *San Bernardino Mountain Trails* took me on many backpacks with friends plus my first solo backpacks, and the book covers my favorite Southern California wildernesses, San Gorgonio and San Jacinto.
You can't go wrong with these two gems. See you on the trail!
(I'll append this review to *San Bernardino Mountain Trails*, too.)
Unlike some hiking guides that give you overview information about the hikes, John W. Robinson (and Doug Christiansen) get into the nitty gritty useful hike details without going overboard. And based on the hikes I'm familiar with, the hike descriptions are very accurate.
Sure they might forget a detail here and there. Like forgetting to mention the famous "Echo Phone" at the top of Echo Mountain that everyone takes their picture with and shouts through. A curious omission for sure, but certainly not anything that would affect the quality of your hike.
But the authors DO provide the key information that you need to know. For example, I did a pre-hike to Big Horn Mine for an upcoming group hike and found all the hike details spot on. Even down to trail details like, "The old wagon road is an easy walk except for a washout near the halfway point that may trouble beginners and young hikers."
Along with the very thorough coverage of the hikes, TRAILS OF THE ANGELES also provides a lot of background information and history. Granted, some hikers may find this unnecessary and even consider it fluff, but I find it very useful, informative and enjoyable. All in all, this is superb hiking book. Along with Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide and San Bernardino Mountain Trails: 100 Hikes in Southern California, this book will be a valuable resource for many years to come.
The book has a chart listing the hikes and their rating in the back of the book. This is handy so you don't have to flip through the book looking for 'easy' hikes if you're going with someone who is in the best of shape. The only thing I wish the chart had info on the time of year to hike the trail. Even easy hikes on the front range of the San Gabriel's can be miserable mid-summer.
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However I wish the quality of the photos was better but other than that, helpful information!Read more