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One Night Wilderness: San Francisco Bay Area
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One Night Wilderness: San Francisco Bay Area
Matt Heid


Quick and Convenient Backpacking Trips within Two Hours of San Francisco

Hundreds of parks, preserves, and protected open spaces infuse the San Francisco Bay Area with a world of unparalleled natural wonder. Straddling a remarkable range of geographic and ecological diversity, it provides avenues for adventure in all terrains, seasons, and environments. An overnight journey deepens this outdoor experience. One Night Wilderness: San Francisco Bay Area presents the 28 best overnight backcountry opportunities in the greater Bay Area, from the deep valleys of the Coast Range to the old-growth redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, from the shores of Point Reyes National Seashore to the remote corners of the Diablo Range in Henry Coe State Park. And all of them are accessible within a two-hour drive from any point in the Bay Area.

Discovering all of these adventures without help would be a formidable challenge. Nearly a dozen different governing agencies manage the parks of the Bay Area. Regulations, sources of information, and reservation systems vary widely by park district. Plus, the proximity of millions of people means that hikers usually must make reservations at least a few weeks before their trip. But this comprehensive guide tells hikers what they need to know to get away from the city hubbub for a night or two. Within these pages you’ll find detailed information on regulations, agency contact information, crowds, and reservations for every overnight destination—plus human history, natural history, trail descriptions, fun activities, maps, and more.



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Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Runs in Colorado's Lost Ski Resorts
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Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Runs in Colorado's Lost Ski Resorts
Peter Bronski


In its heyday, Colorado had more than 175 ski areas operating on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, and while many of those resorts have shut down, their runs still shelter secret stashes of snow. Pristine slopes await backcountry powder hounds out to discover these chutes and steeps, bunny hills and bumps. Chronicling the history of more than 36 of these "lost resorts," Powder Ghost Towns provides the beta for how to ski and board these classic runs today, with comprehensive information on trailheads, where to skin up, and the best descents. Coverage ranges from southern Wyoming's Medicine Bow Mountains to the Colorado-New Mexico border, including famous old resorts like Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park.



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Santa Ana River Guide
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Santa Ana River Guide
Patrick Mitchell


The Santa Ana River is Southern California’s largest river system, with its headwaters high in the San Bernardino Mountains and flowing into the Pacific Ocean more than 100 miles away. Since the area was settled by Europeans in the 19th century, the river has been diverted, dammed, covered in concrete, and exploited. Only recently have residents recognized the importance of this vital natural resource.

The Santa Ana River Guide reveals both the wild and urban sides of the Southland’s most important river. The book relates the river’s natural and human history, geology, and current conditions and provides all the information necessary to plan an outing on or near the river. It is also a call to action for further protecting and restoring the river.

Organized into six geographical sections corresponding to the river’s “reaches,” the book’s individual entries include an extensive description of each park and preserve, location and access information, and highlights of what to do there.

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50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks, 2nd edition
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50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks, 2nd edition
Greg Witt


Utah’s five national parks—Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion—hold some of the most awe-inspiring geology on the planet. Each park offers visitors the dramatic scenery that invites exploration and discovery.

In 50 Best Short Hikes in Utah’s National Parks, veteran hiking guide Greg Witt shares the best routes in each park, hikes that are both “must see” and accessible. Park visitors who are short on time will find this book to be the ideal traveling companion, because it quickly helps readers identify the hikes and sights that will make the best use of their time and provide maximum enjoyment.

Each hike in the book includes distances, highlights, area maps, and easy-to-follow trailhead directions to make hike selection fast and efficient. Once on the trail, the detailed maps, route description, and interpretive details insure that hikers get the most out of their trip.

Even avid hikers and experienced desert explorers will find new insights and discoveries as Witt’s interesting and approachable style details the geologic forces that created this landscape. He brings to life the human history—prehistoric cliff-dwellers, native tribes, ranchers, farmers, loggers, miners, and outlaws—that adds to the color of the Colorado Plateau where these five parks are set.



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50 Best Short Hikes San Diego, 2nd edition
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50 Best Short Hikes San Diego, 2nd edition
Don Endicott


50 Best Short Hikes San Diego highlights enough diverse routes in Southern California's showpiece city for a year of weekly hikes. From sidewalk strolls and historic neighborhoods, to wildflowers and waterfalls, pleasant pastimes and panoramic vistas unfold in this handy guidebook. As the title says, these routes are "short." They range from less than 1 mile to nearly 8 miles, with an average of 5 miles, each, over all 50 of the hikes. And all lie within 30 miles of San Diego's central core.

Outdoor author and longtime San Diego resident Jerry Schad takes you from the beauty of Del Mar Crest and Beach on the north coast, to the inland Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. He guides you from walks in San Diego's Torrey Pines Beach and Reserve, to Rice Canyon in the south and the Hollenbeck Preserve in the east. Beaches, urban settings, nature preserves, and mountain peaks beckon locals to explore their own backyards and visitors to enjoy one of America's most stunning metropolitan environments. Detailed maps and enticing photos accompany each descriptive entry.

Whether you have one hour or all day to stretch your legs, you'll find yourself turning to this guidebook again and again.


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Camping with Kids
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Camping with Kids
Goldie Gendler Silverman


Learn the basics of family camping from longtime outdoorswoman Goldie Silverman and the legion of experienced kid and parent campers that lent their voices to this authoritative, yet fun and whimsical book. Novice and experienced campers alike will find the tips in Camping with Kids invaluable. Whether car, tent, or RV-camping, you will find everything you need to know from preparing your family for a camping trip, to setting up camp, to what to do if things should go awry. It also tells you how to step beyond car camping into backpacking, canoe touring, and other extended adventures.

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Cycling's Greatest Misadventures
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Cycling's Greatest Misadventures



Cycling, one of the world’s most popular sports, brings to mind Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and images of racers crashing into guardrails in the French Alps. Yet every day people on bikes experience hazardous, jaw-dropping, and adrenaline-pumping calamities that become the war stories of not only the pros but also the “average” biker.

Cycling’s Greatest Misadventures is the first book to collect these true stories, ranging from terrifying to comical to downright bizarre. The book contains 25 gripping and sometimes unbelievable stories of crashes, freak accidents, animal attacks, meltdowns, race sabotages, and bad judgment calls that bring to life the strange things that happen once people step on the pedals of their road, mountain, or commuter bikes.

You’ll read about a mountain biker stampeded by a herd of cattle, a man who attempted to jump the Great Wall of China on a bicycle, an engineer who finds hope riding in the rubble left by Hurricane Katrina, and many more. The stories will bring you to the edge of your seat, warm your heart, make you laugh, and leave you shaking your head with disbelief.

25 true stories written by amateur cyclists, professional athletes, and journalists.

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Hiking & Adventure Guide to the Sonoma Coast & Russian River
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Hiking & Adventure Guide to the Sonoma Coast & Russian River



The only complete guide to the six state parks and 15 coastal and riverside regional parks in one of the most rugged and beautiful regions of northern California: the magnificent Sonoma Coast and Russian River. The full range of outdoor adventures are described here, including hiking, camping, diving, whale/seal watching, and more. It also reveals unmarked sites that few visitors know about—a true insider’s guide.

At Sonoma Coast State Park, explore miles of sandy beaches, isolated coves, and wildflower-covered trails. Watch for whales at Bodega Head. Visit Fort Ross State Historic Park, a Russian colonial outpost dating back to 1812. Free-dive for abalone at Salt Point State Park, site of strange sandstone sculptures and a rare pygmy forest. See the rhododendrons that bloom each spring at nearby Kruse Rhododendron Reserve, then turn inland to Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, home to the last major stand of old-growth redwoods in Sonoma County. Finally, admire the grand vistas and refreshing solitude of Austin Creek State Recreation Area.

  • Includes 25 detailed trail descriptions of hikes in Sonoma’s coastal and river state parks, and coverage of 15 regional parks.
  • Detailed trail maps and a table of GPS waypoints for trail junctions and points of interest.


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North Bay Trails
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North Bay Trails
David Weintraub


This book is the first and only comprehensive hiking guide to the superb parklands of California’s Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties. North Bay Trails highlights trails not only for hikers, but for bicyclists, equestrians, trail runners, and dog walkers as well. From mountaintop to coastal lands, North Bay Trails covers favorites such as Mt. Tamalpais, the Marin Headlands, and Point Reyes, and also introduces hikers to the scenic wonders of the wine country, the Russian River redwoods, and the Sonoma Coast. Trails range from 1-mile nature walks to rigorous all-day outings, and include detailed hike descriptions, topographic maps, trip highlights, mileage and duration, and difficulty ratings.

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Rail-Trails Florida
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Rail-Trails Florida
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy


A new, full-color guide in the official Rail-Trails series covers 53 outstanding multiuse trails in Florida.

Florida visitors are often surprised by both the beauty of its trails and by the great variety of its landscapes. Although Florida doesn’t have any mountains, it does offer trails with views of everything from beaches and bluffs to prairies and wetlands. In this comprehensive trail guide, you’ll find some of the best, most beautiful trails in Florida.

Many of the trails were converted from unused railroad corridors to become some of the best multiuse rail-trails in the state. In this guidebook, experts from Rail-to-Trails Conservancy present their final list of the top trails and rail-trails in Florida, selected from more than 100 in the state.

James A. Van Fleet State Trail runs 29 miles through some of Florida's most scenic rural landscape. You will find yourself immersed in the beauty of Florida’s wetlands as you pass through central Florida’s expansive Green Swamp, which is home to some of the state’s most impressive wildlife. For a real adventure, try the 106.5-mile Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT), which stretches the entire length of the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, the southernmost point of the continental United States.

One of Florida's most popular and unique urban pathways, the 42.5-mile Pinellas Trail, stretches from St. Petersburg north to Tarpon Springs and connects several county parks, coastal areas, and communities. Or for visitors who really want to unplug, visit Florida’s Sanibel Island, a beautiful sanctuary with 24 paved miles of shared-use paths that take you to beaches, a wildlife refuge and rehabilitation center, a historical lighthouse and village, a renowned seashell museum, restaurants, shops, and more.

In addition to details about each trail, Rail-Trails Florida provides information about trail amenities, including restrooms, parking facilities, and water fountains.


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