Yosemite - The Complete Guide
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Yosemite - The Complete Guide has everything you need to know about the grand Yosemite Park. Nestled deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite is one of America's finest national parks. Its granite landscape, polished by Ice Age glaciers, is bursting with superlatives: the highest waterfall in North America (Yosemite Falls), the most famous vertical rock face in the world (El Capitan), and the largest living organisms of all time (giant sequoias). But no statistic can ever capture its staggering beauty. Yosemite's scenery has inspired some of the world's finest artists, and it continues to humble millions of visitors each year. Yosemite Valley is the crown jewel of the park. Just seven miles long by one mile wide, it represents less than 1% of the park's 1,200 square miles. But concentrated among its forests, meadows, and 3,000-foot cliffs are some of the word's most remarkable physical landmarks. Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall-all can be seen in a single, sweeping panorama. Because Yosemite Valley is the most popular part of the park, it's home to the vast majority of Yosemite's lodges, campgrounds, and visitor facilities.Wildlife & Waterfalls.Rafting, rock climbing, winter sports, day & overniight hikes and much more.ISBN - 9780982517222.Author - James Kaiser.Publisher - James Kaiser.Pages - 303.Binding - Paper.Year - 2011 2nd edition..
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This book, on the other hand, had a good overview of lodging, food and hiking options. The only element we would have liked more of is a slight expansion of the pages about the flora and fauna of Yosemite. The maps were useful as well. In sum, it seemed like a carefully researched and well-designed guidebook, so it really enhanced our visit.
This book is great for the spontaneous vacation type, but deep enough to pull you in on a nice long planning session.
Wow - the day it arrived, I sat down and read it front to back. The history of the park, the geology, the history of the Native Americans who lived on the land ... I was so impressed that it was more than just a "camp here" and "eat here" kind of guide.
What this book has over the others out there:
- The most gorgeous photos. It made me giddy with excitement to go and see those places for myself!
- a small but helpful section with pictures of the most common wildlife and plantlife that you encounter in the park (ended more than one debate about "what flower is this?!")
- Information about the native tribes' names and legends for the features in the park, or other important history of a particular place, highlighted in boxes set off from the main text.
- A sizeable section on the High Sierra Camps and hikes around them. Absolutely made me want to do the whole circuit (maybe next year...)
- This guidebook was clearly a labor of love for the author. This wasn't compiled from a bunch of staff travel writers ... it was written by someone who obviously knows the park extremely well and has chosen to highlight only the best parts, to give readers the best experience in Yosemite.
Why this might not be the book for you:
- There are no compass markings on the detailed mini-maps. This bothered others in my group more than me.
- Very few details on lodging. Not a problem for me, as I already had accomodations booked, and the lodging choices in the park are few anyhow, but this book is better for planning your TRIP, not your STAY.
- The descriptions of the hikes are kind of vague. If you are going to Yosemite to back-country hike, this isn't the book for you. If you want the best day (or 2-day) hikes, he hits the great ones. I was relieved to see how well-marked they are once you're on the trail.
I thought this guidebook was absolutely cream of the crop. So did my mother and sister-in-law - they each wanted to steal it from me and keep it as a coffee table book! (I bought them each a copy once we returned home)
James always gives you the history, best bang for your buck hikes, and stunning ecology and photos of the area. Cathedral Beach, Sentinel Beach, the trail just up from Tunnel View, and Dewey Point along the Pohono Trail were all highlights of our trip that nobody else seemed to know about. And in an over-crowded park like Yosemite, finding places where you could be all alone with stunning views is worth its weight in gold!
I was able to tell our friends with us about the Ahwahneechee people, the physical geography of Yosemite Valley, Ansel Adams, and even Grizzly Adams all thanks to James book. It makes the trip so much more than just a "go look and see" vacation and truly helps you understand your surroundings better. Thank you James. I'll keep purchasing your books for as long as you keep publishing them.