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Trekking California (Backpacker Magazine) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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·All in color: photography, maps, charts, and elevation profiles
From the wild and rugged Lost Coast south of Eureka to the lofty summit of Mount Whitney, from the little-known Warner Wilderness Area in the northeast corner of California to remote areas of Yosemite National Park, Trekking California offers a deeper wilderness experience. This guide includes moderate treks that stitch together established trails for longer journeys and more challenging outings that require some cross-country travel and route finding to link one trail with another.
Trekking California discusses variations on itineraries--including starting in the reverse direction--with suggested side trips and route directions for summit scrambles. It's chock-full of tables and charts for at-a-glance reference, including one that summarizes the distance between mileposts, a running total of miles, and elevation losses and gains between each milepost. This is your one-stop planner, offering an equipment checklist, menu planner, and list of photo opportunities for each trek.
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The title notwithstanding, this 285 page book covers 15 high sierra hikes of 7 days or less and 5 other trips in the Trinity Alps and along the northern coast. The routes cover both established trails (Class 1) and cross country treks (Class 2/3) and many incorporate a combination of the two. The book is organized with the standard "what to expect", "what to take", "what to do, if" type of information that either provides new and insightful tips or just takes up book pages depending on one's experience level; some might consider it superfulous.
What isn't superfulous, however are the beutifully rendered maps incorporated throughout the book, really some of the best for trail use (and I mean established trails, not cross country routes) I've seen. Coupled with the outstanding color photography this guide really surpasses the more comprehensive Sierra North/South series which had been the benchmark for years. Most of the trips include interesting side treks that can be mixed and matched to extend the journeys to 10 days or more without making them feel like a walk-in camping trip. I'm familiar with many of the southern sierra trips and have taken them in similar form. To my knowledge the information is accurate, though one must remember that a Class 1 trail route doesn't mean "easy walk"....Read more ›
And the pictures! More than just snapshots of the country one would see, they provide a stimulus and motivation to get out there right now. I have traveled on parts or all of 12 of the 20 treks; now I am anxious to do more of them.
This book goes on my bookshelf, next to Moynier & Fiddler, Secor, and Croft.
Regardless, this is an amazing book; filling a niche of selecting some of the best long treks in California. The side-trips, variations to add or subtract mileage, and mountaineering options make this book invaluable to the experienced weekend warrior.
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I have been hiking in the Sierra for almost 60 years (my father started me early). This book is far and away the best guide I have ever seen. Read morePublished 23 months ago by James Maslach
THE SPECTACULAR COLOR PHOTOS, THE CLEAR NARRATIVE AND THE WELL DRAWN MAPS ENTICE ME INTO THE HIGH SIERRA. Read morePublished on November 10, 2004 by COLIN
Comprehensive, vastly researched, exquisitely presented. This guidebook gives experienced mountaineers all the motivation and instruction they will need with photographs that make... Read morePublished on November 7, 2004 by Robin Kingston