Backroads of Southern California: Your Guide to Southern California's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures (Pictorial Discovery Guide Series)

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Highest, lowest, largest, oldest: Southern California is a land of superlatives, from the alpine summit of Mount Whitney (14,495 feet above sea level) in the Sierra Nevada range, to the salty pool at Badwater (282 feet below sea level) in the depths of Death Valley; from groves of giant sequoia trees standing more than 250 feet tall, to desert plants more than four thousand years old. To help you explore these sites and dozens more, "Backroads of Southern California"—written and photographed by a local expert and...

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Highest, lowest, largest, oldest: Southern California is a land of superlatives, from the alpine summit of Mount Whitney (14,495 feet above sea level) in the Sierra Nevada range, to the salty pool at Badwater (282 feet below sea level) in the depths of Death Valley; from groves of giant sequoia trees standing more than 250 feet tall, to desert plants more than four thousand years old. To help you explore these sites and dozens more, "Backroads of Southern California"—written and photographed by a local expert and tour guide—features spectacularly varied and vibrantly seductive backroads and showcases the compelling scenery and colorful history in the lower half of the Golden State. Whether you’re planning a day trip, looking for unusual destinations, or simply want to learn more about the region, "Backroads of Southern California" will lead you deep into the soul of the southern part of the state—beyond the bustling cities and common tourist attractions. About the Author/Photographer: Dave Wyman is a professional photographer and freelance writer based in Los Angeles. The author/photographer of Voyageur Press’s "Backroads of Northern California," he has published articles and photographs in such publications as "Backpacker," "Outdoor Photographer," "Outside," and "Sierra." Wyman also owns and operates Image Quest, a natural history and photography tour company.

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American Reference Books Annual, March 2006 (circ. unavailable) “This is a very well-illustrated and well-researched regional travel guide aimed at Southern California residents and visitors from out of the area who are looking for something off the beaten track.  Recommended for larger public libraries.”

Bookwatch, October 2005 (circ.: 80,000) “This is a ‘must’ for any Southern California visitor who would explore the backroads.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896580589
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Pictorial Discovery Guide Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Part I The Transverse Ranges 11
1 An Urban Wilderness: The Santa Monica Mountains 16
2 Stairway to the Heavens: The San Gabriel Mountains 17
3 Up to the Rim of the World: The San Bernardino Mountains 21
4 Going for the Gold: The La Liebre Mountains and the Poppy Reserve 25
5 Winged Victory: Condor Country 29
6 The British are Coming!: The Santa Inez Mountains 36
7 I've Been Working on the Railroad: The Tehachapi Mountains 40
Part II The Central Coast 43
8 West of U.S. Highway 101: Gaviota Pass to Pismo Beach 48
9 The Luck of the Irish: See Canyon to Montana de Oro 53
10 The Pacific Coast Highway: Morro Bay to San Simeon 57
11 Find the Lost World: Carrizo Plain National Monument 64
12 Earthquake Country: Coalinga to Cholame 65
Part III The San Joaquin Valley 71
13 Black Gold: The Elk Hills 72
14 Freedom Roads: Delano to Allensworth 77
Part IV The Sierra Nevada 83
15 Big Trees and Grand Views: Sequoia National Monument 88
16 Caliente to Kernville: The Road to Lake Isabella 92
17 The Last Road: Across the Kern Plateau 97
18 High Adventure: Around Mount Whitney 100
Part V The Mojave Desert 107
19 Historic Route 66: From Victorville to Amboy 112
20 Where the Banshee Dwells: The Mojave National Preserve 116
21 Strange Gardens: Joshua Tree National Park 120
22 Pupfish and Date Shakes: Tecopa Hot Springs and the Old Spanish Trail 124
23 It's No Mirage: Death Valley National Park 125
Part VI The Southern Mountains and Deserts 131
24 Beneath the Heavens: The Palomar and Laguna Mountains 136
25 Desert Sampler: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 141
26 Jamul to Jacumba: Highway 94 and the Inland Empire 145
27 Welcome to Ramonaland: The San Jacinto Mountains 149
Index 156
Further Reading 159
About the Author 159
Acknowledgments 160
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