Michel Digonnet is a professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He has spent most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has dedicated a good fraction of his spare time to exploring the deserts of California and the Southwest. He has authored three outdoors books on the California Desert. He lives in Palo Alto, CA.
Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Pastby Michel Digonnet (Photographer)
With elevations ranging from 282 feet below sea level to 11,049 feet, a world-famous climate, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the North American desert, Death Valley National Park is a year-round hiker's paradise. Hundreds of miles of trails and cross-country routes lead to countless canyons, springs, and abandoned mines, most of them infrequently
With elevations ranging from 282 feet below sea level to 11,049 feet, a world-famous climate, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the North American desert, Death Valley National Park is a year-round hiker's paradise. Hundreds of miles of trails and cross-country routes lead to countless canyons, springs, and abandoned mines, most of them infrequently visited. Whether you want to stroll on salt flats, hike a lonesome canyon, climb a rugged peak, visit a remote gold mine, or simply explore the backcountry by car, this comprehensive guidebook provides dozens of destinations suited to your interests. Illustrated with original topographic maps, this book will guide you to Death Valley's most popular sites and many spectacular, out-of-the-way places, illustrating the remarkable diversity of its terrain, geology, flora, and fauna. Many of the region's historic mines, camps, and ghost towns are also described, including accounts of their fascinating and colorful past.
- Wilderness Press
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- second printing
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)
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This guide has it all. There's history of each and every place. Descriptions of the trails and routes are detailed. The geology that you'll pass through is explained.It's broken down by regions, if you're not going to be in that area, skip that part. You don't have to read a novel to get to the area you're interested in. Here's one note however, have some idea or help from a ranger about the actual destination point. Once out in the desert everything tends to look like what YOU are looking for. The author notes you've got a 50% chance of getting lost on the first fork you'll choose, so get some local knowledge just to be sure you're headed in the right direction. Take the book along and read it as you go. You'll probably find you want to hike every canyon to it's end.
If you are going - get this! This is history, trail descriptions, geology, plant life, mountain ranges, pretty much has it all. The down side; as a hiking book its huge and carrying extra water might be better than toting this. But if you use it to plan from or want to follow up after you get back from a trail, you would be hard pressed to find anymore information. Another nice part of the layout is that it is broken into segments. If you aren't going South, you don't have to plow through that part of the book to get to the West. It is comprehensive, detailed, and a real companion to anyone hiking the park. Gotta' say; if you go, check with someone. Make sure you know where you are going. The distances are huge and you want to use your time wisely. Take this book and GO!