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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Francisco, 3ed
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Francisco, 3ed
Jane Huber


Including North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, and South Bay

Bay Area parks and preserves offer a dramatic variety of landscapes, from rugged redwood-forested canyons to breezy coastal bluffs, grassy rolling hills to sunny chaparral-coated hillsides. Well-known destinations such as Point Reyes National Seashore, Mount Diablo State Park, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and many other more obscure jewels of the Bay Area park system are just a short drive from the heart of San Francisco. Completely updated and including several new hikes and a complete new map set, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco guides readers to a splendid assortment of trails in the nine counties surrounding one of the world's most beautiful cities. Whether hikers crave a quick and easy get-out-of-town stroll or a challenging day-long trek through wilderness, this book is the perfect trailblazer, for city natives and first-time visitors alike

Consider yourself warned: Hiking in the Bay Area can be an intense and addictive experience. Sure, other areas of California are home to more esteemed landforms and parks—Yosemite is one of many world-class parks within a day’s drive, and backpackers traverse the state as they trek one of the country’s longest routes, the Pacific Crest Trail. Throughout the Bay Area there are many "destination" parks, where people from all over the world flock to walk among giant redwoods or whale-watch from a wildflower-dotted coastal bluff. But there are hundreds of smaller parks unknown to most tourists and even lifelong residents, and short drives (or in some cases bus trips, walks, or bike rides) lead to numerous parks and preserves with stunning views, bountiful wildlife, and quiet trails. These "backyard" preserves are especially beneficial to the residents of the Bay Area’s most densely packed cities, San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland. Local parks provide close-to-home outlets for exercise and nature exploration on a daily basis—thousands of people living in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais can literally walk from their front doors for miles, all the way to the top of the mountain if they like. Locals hike parks and open-space preserves bordering the towns of Berkeley, Mill Valley, and Woodside daily, and they take active roles in maintaining the trails. Getting to know your backyard means getting to love your backyard—and we fight for what we love. This dedication to open space has led many ordinary citizens in rallies to save some of our most cherished Bay Area spots.

The campaign to preserve open space began in the era of John Muir, and the list of protected parklands is long and impressive. Battles continue, and development still threatens many special areas. As you make your way over trails throughout the Bay Area, think of what we could have lost and have already preserved: old growth redwoods in Muir Woods saved from logging, Point Reyes National Seashore and the Marin Headlands saved from huge housing complexes, various small parks including Edgewood saved from development as golf courses, as well as many other "common" plots of land preserved to make life a little better for the surrounding community.


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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle, 3rd edition
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle, 3rd edition
Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens


Seattle is home to a wealth of fabulous hikes, and 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle shows you the best of the best. There are few places anywhere that can match the varied landscape of Western Washington, and 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle is the perfect guide to it all. From the heights of the Cascade Range to the shores of Puget Sound, local hikes explore ancient trees, thundering waterfalls, towering peaks, and ice-clad volcanoes, some of the most enduring symbols of the region.

It’s been 10 years since the release of the first edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle, which makes 2016’s third edition the 10th Anniversary Edition! This popular hiking guide has been completely updated by authors Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens for this new release, featuring three all new-hikes: Evans Creek Preserve, Mount Teneriffe and Teneriffe Falls, and Greider Lakes. Brand-new header info for all 60 hikes includes vital advice on hiking with dogs. The book also contains updated trail information, text, maps, and/or photos, etc., for such hikes as Iron Goat Trail, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Dirty Harry’s Peak, Flaming Geyser State Park, Mailbox Peak, Franklin Falls, and many others. In addition, the book covers Washington State’s two newest Wilderness Areas, Wild Sky Wilderness (established in 2008) and Alpine Lakes Wilderness (expanded in 2014).

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: St. Louis, 3ed
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: St. Louis, 3ed
Steve Henry


    Mention St. Louis and most people think of the famous arch. Residents and visitors-in-the-know appreciate the many outdoor recreational opportunities the Gateway to the West has to offer. With new hikes and updated text and maps, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: St. Louis points hikers to the best outdoor trails and rambles within easy reach of the city.

    Whether walking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, exploring amazing rock formation in the Pickle Springs Natural Area, or trekking along a portion of the longest rails-to-trails paths in the U.S., hikers are sure to be amazed at the diversity of outdoor experiences awaiting them. The included hikes are located in Missouri as well as its neighbor, Illinois.

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A Guide to the Chattooga River, 2nd edition
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A Guide to the Chattooga River, 2nd edition
Butch Clay


A Comprehensive Guide to the River and Its Natural and Human History

In 1974 the Chattooga River became the first river East of the Mississippi to be included in the National Wild and Scenic River System. It was included because it was a clean, free-flowing mountain stream located in a relatively undeveloped mountain environment. Forming part of the Georgia-South Carolina Border, the Chattooga is the only free-flowing portion of the Savannah River System. This book gives a comprehensive overview of the river including the topography, physiography and geology, weather and climate, human history, plant life, wildlife, and recreation opportunities.


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Alaska Adventure Guide
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Alaska Adventure Guide
Melissa DeVaughn


The author has worked to answer all your questions about travel and recreation in a state so remote. This guide attempts to target your interests and save you time, money, and effort so that nothing is wasted during your trip. Because Alaska is so big and your options so varied, the guide is organized so you can zero in on the activity or activities that appeal to you most. Thirteen chapters focus solely on adventure travel, each devoted to a single activity.

The five regional chapters that follow focus primarily on the basics in a given area of the state: getting around, shopping, lodging, dining, and entertainment. Once you’ve chosen the adventure of your dreams, you can go to the appropriate regional chapter to get the scoop on the best places in the vicinity to stay, eat, buy gear, rent a car, and learn about local culture and history. Outdoor travelers also are likely independent travelers. A multitude of companies offer exciting-sounding jaunts to scenic places all over the state, but many of these outfits work only with tour providers, such as cruise-ship operators, to obtain large numbers of clients per trip—thus excluding people who wish to travel on their own.

In this guide, all our listings are available to independent travelers as well as those in tour groups. The objective is not to provide the most information about destinations or attractions, but, rather, the most useful information. The guide is opinionated, and for good reason. Any destination or outfitter listed here has made the cut by proving itself a wonderful place to visit or a reliable company with which to do business. If, for example, you want to learn more about sea kayaking in Alaska, you will not be supplied with every operation in the business—and believe us, there are many of them competing for your dollars. What you will get is a select assortment of those we consider best, and why. After all, isn’t the point of a guidebook to help you make the most informed choices?

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Backpacking the Light Way
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Backpacking the Light Way
Richard A. Light


Comfortable, Efficient, Smart

Backpacking the Light Way is for both beginner and advanced backpackers who want to pack more efficiently, carry less weight, still be fully prepared for contingencies, and have more fun in the backcountry. It will benefit instructors and guides by giving them methods to teach their clients, and it will help them refine their risk assessment and trip planning techniques.

This book presents field-tested, proven methodologies for the following:
(* = especially unique or new, ** = especially useful for a wide range of readers)

•    Gear organization, modular packing systems, and creating gear lists that work*/**
•    Assessing conventional gear currently owned
•    Understanding the mindsets of both conventional and ultralight backpacking*
•    Navigating the mindset shift required to seriously lighten up*
•    Redefining each gear system to meet your needs*
•    Dealing with winter conditions
•    Packing to minimize frustration*/**
•    Assessing risk**
•    Effective trip planning**


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Berry Finder: A guide to native plants with fleshy fruits
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Berry Finder: A guide to native plants with fleshy fruits



A guide to native plants with fleshy fruits

This book will help you identify plants with fleshy fruit one inch in diameter or smaller found in Eastern North America. Ripe fruits are described in this book. Most unripe fruits are green or white, and many turn several colors before maturing. Note that this is a plant identification book, not a guide to edible plants.

This book calls all fleshy fruits "berries," whether they are drupes, pomes, accessory fruits, aggregates, or true berries. It includes native species as well as some cultivated species that have escaped to the wild.

Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.


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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic
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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic
Matt Willen


Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic by Matt Willen provides readers with detailed information on 43 of the best Appalachian Trail day hikes along the 450 miles stretch of trail that extends from Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia to the New York/Connecticut state line.

The guide includes a range of hikes, from those that are suitable for families with small children looking for a nice walk in the woods, to the seasoned hiker out for challenging weekend. Many of the hikes make use of adjacent side trails to create loop and balloon configuration trips as well as out-and-back excursions, and all of the trips can be completed with a single car. Each of the profiles includes pertinent information on the history or natural history of the hike and provides recommendations for other activities or sites of interest in the area.

Be sure to check out the other two books in the series as well:

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South


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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England
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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England
Lafe Low


Spanning from southern Connecticut up to the top of the mighty Katahdin, Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England by local author Lafe Low is a thorough reference to 45 day hikes on the Appalachian Trail in New England.

This is the only guide that specifically covers the best days hikes (suitable for expert hikers to families with kids) along the AT as it passes through New England. The profiles include everything one would need to plan and proceed with a day hike on the AT: trailhead location, hiking time, hiking intensity, full description, directions, and maps.

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South
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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South
Johnny Molloy


Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South is important since it takes readers directly to the best experiences to be had on the Appalachian Trail in highland Dixie. The book details 45 hikes along the AT, from the trail’s southern terminus atop Springer Mountain in Georgia north through North Carolina and Tennessee, into Virginia to the Maryland state line. It helps hikers experience those special moments in special places on the Appalachian Trail, whether it is hiking to overlooks, waterfalls and wildernesses, as well as scenic, cultural and historical sites, even trail towns.

Readers can experience adventures stretched out along the spine of the Southern Appalachians. Georgia’s Blood Mountain proudly displays gardens of mountain laurel while deep woodlands of birch and rhododendron rise astride Long Creek. In North Carolina, the open meadows of Siler Bald contrast with the lush forests of Standing Indian Mountain. In Tennessee, the spruce-fir evergreens on Roan Mountain juxtapose with the great oak woodlands found on the shores of Watauga Lake. In Virginia, fern gardens line the AT on the slopes of Stony Man Mountain while wind stunted pine ridges flank the path near the Dragons Tooth. In this varied terrain and habitat, we follow the AT to our hiking destinations.

Using veteran outdoor writer Johnny Molloy’s three decades of experience exploring the Southern Appalachians, this book is a true compilation of the best hikes on the Appalachian Trail in the South, and adds value to the book.


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