Hiking Southern California A Guide to Southern California's Greatest Hiking Adventures

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-12-01
  • Publisher: FalconGuides

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Lace up your boots and sample sixty of the best trails southern California has to offer. Experience the area's most scenic high-mountain landscape from 11,499-foot San Gorgonio Mountain, explore the world's largest Joshua tree woodland in Mojave National Preserve, and discover the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge Canyon in Death Valley National Park.Southern California offers hikers diverse coastal, inland, and desert mountains; serpentine canyons, colorful badlands, and vast sand dunes; and cool conifer forests, isolated mesas, and dense cactus stands. Veteran hiker and outdoor writer Ron Adkison will introduce you to all this and more.Inside you'll find: up-to-date trail information; accurate maps and elevation profiles; difficulty ratings for each hike; advice on water availability and the best seasons for each trail; tips on equipment, trip planning, and hiking with dogs and childrenWhether you are a day-tripper or long-distance hiker, old hand or novice, you'll find trails suited to every ability and interest throughout southern California.

Author Biography

Ron Adkison, a dedicated naturalist and explorer of wild country, began his outdoor explorations in Southern California at the age of six. After more than 35 years of hiking, scrambling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, he has logged more than 10,000 trail miles in ten western states (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah). He has walked every trail in this guide multiple times. Ron shares his enthusiasm for wild places in Hiking Southern California.

Other guidebooks by Ron Adkison:
--Hiking Northern California
--Hiking Washington
--Exploring Beyond Yellowstone
--Hiking Wyoming's Wind River Range
--Hiking Grand Canyon National Park
--Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Canyon
--Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante and the Glen Canyon Region
--Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Staircase-Escalante and the Glen Canyon Region
--Hiking Northern California
--Best Easy Day Hikes Northern Sierra.
--Wild Northern California
--Best Easy Day Hikes Southern Sierra
--50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks.
--Utah's National Parks

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Using This Bookp. 1
Backcountry Rules and Wilderness Regulationsp. 5
Backcountry Hazardsp. 8
Driving to the Trailheadsp. 11
Before You Head Outp. 12
The Hikes
Death Valley National Parkp. 13
Eureka Dunesp. 15
The Racetrack to Ubehebe Peakp. 19
Fall Canyonp. 25
Hells Gate to Death Valley Buttesp. 30
Mosaic Canyonp. 35
Wildrose Peakp. 39
Nemo Canyon to Mud Springp. 45
Darwin Fallsp. 49
Coffin Peakp. 52
Golden Canyon to Zabriskie Pointp. 57
Desolation Canyonp. 61
Natural Bridge Canyonp. 65
Sheephead Passp. 69
Mojave National Preservep. 73
Lanfair Valley to Fort Piutep. 74
Keystone Canyon to New York Peakp. 80
Cima Road to Teutonia Peakp. 85
Kelso Dunesp. 89
Kelbaker Road to Peak 2451p. 93
North Mid Hills Trailp. 97
Eagle Rocksp. 101
Table Mountainp. 105
Hole-in-the-Wallp. 109
Wild Horse Mesap. 113
Quail Spring Basinp. 117
Fir Canyon-Clark Mountainp. 121
The Mountainous Backbone of Southern Californiap. 125
Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peakp. 126
Big Falls Canyonp. 130
Mount Pinos to Grouse Mountainp. 133
Pine Mountainp. 137
Sierra Pelonap. 141
Devils Chairp. 144
Twin Peaksp. 147
Smith Mountainp. 151
Mount Baden-Powellp. 155
Mount San Antoniop. 158
Cucamonga Peakp. 162
Cajon Mountainp. 167
Delamar Mountainp. 170
Champion Lodgepole Pinep. 173
Ponderosa and Whispering Pines Nature Trailsp. 176
Anderson Peakp. 179
San Gorgonio Mountainp. 183
Fish Creek Aspen Grovep. 188
Sugarloaf Mountainp. 191
Champion Joshua Treep. 195
Kitching Peakp. 199
San Jacinto Peakp. 203
Red Tahquitzp. 207
Arroyo Seco Creek to Agua Tibia Mountainp. 211
Borrego Palm Canyonp. 216
Elephant Trees Trailsp. 220
Joshua Tree National Parkp. 225
Black Rock Campground to Peak 5195p. 227
Indian Cove Nature Trailp. 230
Indian Cove Picnic Area to Rattlesnake Canyonp. 232
Ryan Mountainp. 235
Keys View to Inspiration Peakp. 239
Boy Scout Trail to Willow Holep. 243
Cholla Garden Nature Trailp. 247
Lost Palms Oasisp. 250
Mastodon Peak Loopp. 254
The Art of Hikingp. 259
About the Authorp. 280
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