Janine (designer, photographer) and Jerry (writer) Sprout have been travelig the American West and France together for more than 30 years, and publishing Trailblazer Travelbooks for 15 years. Their books cover all the Hawaiian Islands, Paris, and the Sierra Nevada from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite. In addition, No Worries Hawaii is a vacation planning guide for all the Islands.
Golden Gate Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Walk, Bike in San Francisco and Mariby Jerry Sprout, Janine Sprout
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This 2013 completely revised third edition of Golden Gate Trailblazer is the only outdoor adventure guide that details all the parks and wild lands north and south of the Golden Gate—in San Francisco and Marin. With more than 250 color and well as black-and-white photographs and concisely written histories and cultural tidbits, Trailblazer gives travelers a unique look at both parklands and towns alike. First-time visitors to the Bay Area will have a trusty guide to hit the highlights; life-long residents are guaranteed to find new ways to make weekends more exciting. The best of life in SF-Marin is free indeed, and Golden Gate Trailblazer is the ticket to ride.
Seventeen maps and spot-on driving directions and trail descriptions make getting there easy. Navigating the text is made simple by sharp graphics and thoughtful organization—a Trailblazer trademark.
Trailblazer’s extras include a special list of Doggie Trails and a Trailblazer Kids section that will keep families busy from when the kids are in strollers until they’re old enough to drive (stroller paths, neighborhood parks, bike rides, hikes, day trips, museums, and more). The book’s Best Of section asks ‘What do you want to do today?’ and then provides responses in the form of activities to suit the day and your mood—a welcome resource considering the book’s wealth of activities. You’ll also find a list of contact numbers for camping, parks, museums, attractions, as well as favorite restaurants and accommodations.
Inside are clear directions for more than 300 hikes and walks, both in nature’s wonder and to the cultural attractions that lure international tourists. Presented are the Presidio, Golden Gate National Recreational Area, Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore, and several state parks, including Mount Tamalpais, Angel Island, and Samuel P. Taylor. You’ll also find the tucked-away treasures in the Marin Open Space, including high peaks of the oak savannah and the wetlands on the Richardson, San Pablo, and San Rafael bays. All noteworthy city parks are also covered, starting with San Francisco’s renowned Golden Gate and continuing with a long list of neighborhood gems.
All these place names translate into redwood and conifer forests, waterfalls, peaks, lakes, beaches, coastal bluffs, bays, lagoons, gardens, woodland forests—all of the amazing scenic diversity that makes the Golden Gate region a world-class natural treasure.
City strollers can choose from several walks in San Francisco to take in Chinatown, Fishermen’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Union Square, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and the rest of the all-star attractions. Walks are also offered for Marin County’s host of remarkable towns, from upscale Tiburon, Sausalito, and Mill Valley, to funkadelic Bolinas, Point Reyes, and Fairfax. You’ll be entertained as well as exercised.
With all these offerings, it’s easy to overlook Trailblazer’s cycling sections. The tough mountain trails are all there, along with the more leisurely pedals on bike paths and roads. Cross-town routes are also given, making it possible to find the best and most-scenic route available across the entire landscape.
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My favorite trail guide, the one that gets me jazzed to get outside. I've used their one in paper for the past three years and now that it's an e-book I share it with the kids. There's no end to trails around here and this one has just about every one listed, so many that I've yet to do in northern Marin. The directions are explicit and the previews match the trails. Some I save to go running on and others the whole family joins in. If you live in the Bay Area you should have it. The amount of information will blow your mind.
This is the "outdoor Bible" for San Franisco and Marin--the Golden Gate. We are never lacking for something to do, whether it's day-long hike, quick dog walk, or trip with the kids to a museum or playground. So comprehensive, and with enough background to make it interesting, without being boring. GGT has it all. Highly recommended..