Alpine Sierra Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Ski, Bike, Fish, Drive from Tahoe to Yosemite

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The new 5th edition of this Sierra outdoor adventure book covers some 300 different hikes ranging from out-of-the-car strolls to daylong treks. Along the way is a full array of mountain bike rides, fishing trips, and cross-country skiing. Eye-catching layout and trademark organization make Alpine Sierra Trailblazer easy to use. + 300 hikes from the north shore of Lake Tahoe to Mono Lake and up to Tuolumne Meadows including hikes into the Carson-Iceberg, Mokelumne, Desolation, Emigrant, Mt. Rose, Hoover, and Ansel...
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Overview

The new 5th edition of this Sierra outdoor adventure book covers some 300 different hikes ranging from out-of-the-car strolls to daylong treks. Along the way is a full array of mountain bike rides, fishing trips, and cross-country skiing. Eye-catching layout and trademark organization make Alpine Sierra Trailblazer easy to use. + 300 hikes from the north shore of Lake Tahoe to Mono Lake and up to Tuolumne Meadows including hikes into the Carson-Iceberg, Mokelumne, Desolation, Emigrant, Mt. Rose, Hoover, and Ansel Adams wilderness areas, three national forests, and a dozen state and county parks. Extras include a Trailblazer Kids section, outdoor tips and safety precautions, concise fact sheets, strategies for visiting the Sierra, cultural attractions, accommodations and restaurants, recreational outfitters, as well as permit information. Includes 6 maps and nearly 200 photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978637101
  • Publisher: Diamond Valley Company
  • Publication date: 7/15/2007
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,424,436
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    Hear the Sierras Calling!

    This book is a classic and it keeps getting better. No matter where you are in the Sierra (from Tahoe, to Markleeville, and Yosemite) all you need to do is flip open the right page to find something to do. Locals love this book, since all they have to do is hand it to out-of-town guests and turn them loose. It's mainly about hiking, but it fits the bill for all the seasons. I'm just getting into the bike trails around Tahoe and Bridgeport.

    For adventure sports nuts AST is a ticket to ride-or hike, ski, or snowshoe. It's filled with tons of beautiful B&W photos that add character and are very enticing. The organization its tops. It's called the 'bible' for the Sierra and for good reason. The authors have been around for a long time and their experiences shine through. The graphics and writing are excellent.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

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    The Best Outdoor Activity Guidebook to the Eastern Sierra Nevada from Tahoe to Yosemite

    This is the granddaddy of the respected Trailblazer travel book series, which also includes the Golden Gate Trailblazer (San Francisco and Marin County) and five books on the Hawaiian islands (Kauai Trailblazer, Maui Trailblazer, Oahu Trailblazer, Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, and No Worries Hawaii: A Vacation Planning Guide). It covers the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains from the Lake Tahoe basin to Yosemite National Park. A great deal of this glorious stretch of high country makes up Alpine County, California. It¿s a mountain area second to none as the wonderful black-and-white photography makes clear, and, as with every Trailblazer guide, there are outdoor activities galore. The ¿Best Of¿ section helps you zero in on great places to go for wildflowers, fall colors, family strolls, falls and cascades, lakes with a view, and much more. Each walk or hike (they come in all sizes, even as short as a small fraction of a mile) is carefully described, not to mention the excellent directions and maps for getting to the trailhead or starting point. Round-trip hiking distances and elevation gained are provided. Appropriate topographical maps are also recommended. For those who would rather just putter on, there are some wonderfully organized driving tours through this most picturesque part of the northern Sierra Nevada range. Practical information is plentiful, from phone numbers to things to do with the kids, as well as recommended Do¿s and Don¿ts¿all based on decades of careful exploration. Highly recommended. The Alpine Sierra Trailblazer will enhance your mountain experience big time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    Up where the air is clear

    We just got back from camping in the Sierra. We are newcomers to California and have little experience on the trails here. With this guide we explored Lake Tahoe and the area south near Yosemite. It was dramatic and knowing where to carcamp and locate the best trails sure helped conserve gas. The wildflowers on Carson Pass were in full force and the drive up Tioga Pass was a mindblowing experience. Tenaya Lake majestic. Read this book front to back. Get your boots on and get packing! You owe it to yourself to see this mountain scenery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    Dreaming from my desk

    This serves as our wish book. It has all the great hikes in our favorite place, Alpine County. We discovered it when we rode the Tour of the California Alps two years ago. This year we're staying close to home and plan to camp at Lake Tahoe and explore the historic trails around Fallen Leaf Lake. Why we like this book? It's personality and all the choices. Even fishing. Outdoor sports is what they know and cover and lay it all out geographically so finding the trailheads is a cinch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Eastern Sierra guide

    All the best dayhikes and information for this area of the Sierra is in here. Trail previews are right on and there are plenty of choices. This is the stomping grounds of these travel writers -- value added. Yosemite and Tahoe are world class and I love spending my summers here. Take advantage of this still pristine place!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    A real jewel for Sierra adventurers

    Sandwiched between world-class Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, this little county is my favorite place to hike and fish. This book captures the character of the place with lists and lists of trails to explore summer, winter and fall. I like the organized style of these Trailblazer guides.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    Finding all the good trails

    After putting this book to use I would like to report that I found it a solid resource for my expedition up Lake Tahoe way. Although Desolation Wilderness was socked in with snow, I was able to access places along the Rim Trail and along the shoreline that were just as spectacular. For its sheer long list of trails, this book is real value. For hikers like me it delivers with basic maps and directions and trail details without going overboard. There are also alot of insider's tongue-in-cheek comments that give it an extra spark. This is not your standard dry hiking guide. I dug it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2005

    Lake Tahoe adventures

    I spent the summer at Lake Tahoe and used this book for so many of the hikes around there. For finding all the best trails in the area and within a day's drive, the Trailblazer proved to be the best resource for me. I'm passing it on to my roommate who expressed an interest for his winter cross country ski excursions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    Base Camp Bridgeport

    The area above tree line hasn't thawed yet so I'm preparing for summer by reading all the maps and books I can get my hands on. I used Alpine Trailblazer last fall to explore the area around Tuolomne Meadows and really liked the choices of dayhikes. I like this book because it's written for hikers by hikers. All my needs answered: how far is it, how far do I go, other hikes in the vicinity, where do I park, what does the trail look like. They've thrown in some local color humor and essential fishing info. It's unique, current, a standard for anyone who loves the Sierra.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Heading for Yosemite

    Absolutely wonderful guide for sampling all the pleasures of the eastern Sierra. An indispensible treasury of all the quaint corners and trails leading up to the crest. The maps are detailed enough to get you there and the descriptions tantalizing enough to keep you going more miles than you thought you would. At least, in our case, this always seems to happen. During hiking season, we turn to it first for the planning stage (there are plenty of photos) and use it to decide whether the snow has melted enough to give it go or choose a trail at a lower elevation. The authors are seasoned hikers who have written guidebooks that we've used on the Big Island of Hawaii and Kauai. We can't recommend their entire series enough, we own them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    prettiest side of the Sierra

    Well thought out. For planning my dayhikes this was a huge help. The hikes in Yosemite were worth the effort. This guidebook has alot of personality with solid directions and descriptions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    Primo Dayhiking

    I had never been to this slice of the Sierra before. Most of my hiking experience has been more southerly. The area from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park has so many trail gateways it blows me away. I'm fresh back from fishing and hiking around Saddlebag Lake where the wildflowers were stupendous. I would have never known what was up every trail without this compact guide. The local authors have really topscooped all their personal picks and laid them out in a comprehensive fashion. Impressive. Accompany it with a topo if contours are important to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2004

    The newest edition

    The new book on Alpine County is wonderful. In all the revised sections the new pictures add a great deal. Trailblazers illuminate places we have already been, but seeing them through the authors' eyes is like the Sierra sky opening after a stormy day - new beautice, new corners to explore. I like the broadening of the Alpine Sierra east coverage. People get attached to their pass and forget how the valleys and peaks are connected. On this trip we drove only short distances but went from Great Basin desert to riverbank, to forest, to meadow, to granite ridges of high peaks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2004

    Alpine Sierra Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Ski, Bike, Fish Drive from Tahoe to Yosemite

    This is the only book that takes you to all the best trails on the eastern side of the Sierra. For dayhiking you can't beat it. I've used the book ever since it first came out and recently bought this new edition because they've added more detail especially for Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. In the past I've been a long haul distance hiker spending two weeks at a time going solo. Now that I have a 13 month old girl all that has changed and I have to change gears. I'll be spending more time using their fishing and driving and kid sections for the next few years. All in all this book is unbeatable, not only for the awesome places it takes you but for the clear way its written and organized too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    Alpine Sierra Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Ski, Bike, Fish Drive from Tahoe to Yosemite

    Best insider's guide for this place, one that I almost revere as 'the holy grail'. The towns are few and far between on this side of the Sierra and the good old trail system hooks everything together. No other hiking book lays it all out like this one. It's salty and funny and every turn is in the right direction.

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