Hiking the Sierra Nevada

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Hiking the Sierra Nevada features 104 of the finest trails in this magnificent mountain range-from short day hikes to overnight adventures. With this comprehensive guide, veteran outdoors writer Barry Parr provides all the ...

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Overview

For more than twenty-five years, FalconGuide has set the standard for outdoor recreation guidebooks. Written by top outdoors experts and enthusiasts, each guide invites you to experience the endless adventure and rugged beauty of the great outdoors.

Hiking the Sierra Nevada features 104 of the finest trails in this magnificent mountain range-from short day hikes to overnight adventures. With this comprehensive guide, veteran outdoors writer Barry Parr provides all the information you need to get the most out of hiking the Sierra Nevada all year round.

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Describes 96 hikes that may be found in various parts of California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Detailed hike descriptions, maps, difficulty ratings, and elevation profiles are provided. Also included is information on which of the US Geographical Survey's topographical maps cover the hikes included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560447245
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Series: Falcon Guides Hiking Series
  • Edition description: REVISED & EXPANDED
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Parr grew up hiking the Sierra Nevada, and though he’s traveled widely and lived many years both in Europe and Asia, he still loves these mountains more than any other place. A student of literature, history, and geology, he adds rich description and fascinating anecdote to his hikes. Unlike most Sierra Nevada guidebooks, Parr’s does not confine itself to a single park or geographical region, but samples hikes from every region, wandering from foothill to desert, deep canyon to alpine mountaintop, Gold Country to Basin and Range, compiling a list of fantastic hikes that illustrate the gigantic entirety of the Sierra Nevada in an epic panoply of scenic beauty, historical lore, and natural complexity. An lifelong backpacker and long-time adult leader in the BSA, Parr enjoys a variety of hikes, from strenuous, multi-day journeys to shorter jaunts accessible to all.
With a “day job” teaching English and journalism at Livermore High School, California, Parr continues his career in publishing in his spare time, including the summer break. He works as a writer, editor, and publisher. Aside from many magazine articles, he has written other guidebooks (and sections of guidebooks) to California, including Exploring Big Sur (FalconGuides). He publishes charts for California biological zones (e.g., Northern California Tidepools), and is working on a historical guide to Guangdong Province, China.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiv
Introduction 1
A Brief History of the Sierra Nevada 4
Planning Your Hike 11
How to Use This Guide 28
The Hikes
Northern Gold Country 33
1 Upper Bidwell Park Loop 35
2 North Table Mountain 39
3 Eureka Peak 43
4 Jamison Lake 46
5 Sierra Buttes 48
6 Halls Ranch Trail to Fiddle Creek 51
7 Humbug Trail to the Yuba River 54
8 South Yuba River Trail 58
9 Independence Trail East 62
10 Jones Bar Loop 65
11 Point Defiance Loop 67
12 Spenceville to Shingle Falls 70
13 Empire Mine Loop 73
14 Glacier Lake 77
15 The Quarry Loop 79
16 The Cool to Canyon Loop 83
17 American River Trail 85
18 The Last Chance Trail to Swinging Bridge 89
19 Otter Creek Trail to Volcanoville 93
20 Coloma Loop 96
Honorable Mentions 100
A Yellow Creek Trail 100
B Big Bald Rock 100
C Frazier Falls 100
D Sand Pond Interpretive Trail 101
E Malakoff Diggins 101
F Folsom Reservoir 101
G Gold Bug Park 102
Southern Gold Country 103
21 The Pardee Section of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail 105
22 The Upper Natural Bridge of Calaveras County 109
23 Tuolumne Table Mountain 112
24 Red Hills Loop 116
25 Preston Falls 119
26 Merced River Trail 122
27 Hite Cove 125
Honorable Mentions 129
H Indian Grinding Rock State Park 129
I China Gulch Trail 129
J Lake Camanche South Shore Trails 129
K Vista Dos Lagos 130
L Knights Ferry 130
M Columbia State Historic Park 130
Lake Tahoe Area 133
28 Loch Leven Lakes 135
29 Tinker Knob 138
30 Granite Chief Loop 142
31 Ophir Creek Trail 145
32 Meeks Bay to Crag Lake 148
33 Rubicon Trail 151
34 Mount Tallac 155
35 Hawley Grade National Recreation Trail 158
36 Lake Aloha 161
37 Lovers Leap 165
38 Round Lake 168
39 Charity Valley to Hot Springs Valley 171
Honorable Mentions 175
N Eagle Lake 175
O Cascade Falls 175
P Rainbow Trail 175
Q Winnemucca Lake 176
Ebbetts Pass Road 177
40 Calaveras South Grove 179
41 Inspiration Point 183
42 Bull Run Lake 186
43 Ebbetts Pass to Eagle Creek Valley 189
44 Noble Lake 192
Sonora Pass Road 195
45 Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail 197
46 Burst Rock Trail to Chewing Gum Lake 200
47 Disaster Creek Trail to Half Moon Lake 203
48 Sonora Pass Vista 206
49 Leavitt Meadow to Lane Lake 209
Honorable Mentions 212
R Trail of the Gargoyles 212
S Columns of the Giants 212
Around Yosemite 213
50 Yosemite Valley Walking Tour 215
51 Yosemite Falls 220
52 Vernal and Nevada Falls 223
53 The Fissures and Taft Point 228
54 Chilnualna Falls 231
55 Little Nellie Falls 234
56 Clouds Rest 237
57 Cathedral Lake 240
58 Waterwheel Falls 244
59 Gaylor Lakes and the Great Sierra Mine 248
60 Bennettville 251
61 Twenty Lakes Basin 253
Honorable Mentions 257
T Sentinel Dome 257
U Rockefeller Grove of Sugar Pines 257
V Lembert Dome 257
W Mono Pass 258
Around Sequoia and Kings Canyon 259
62 George Lake 260
63 Mott Lake 263
64 Mono Creek 266
65 Bear Creek Trail 269
66 Florence Lake to Evolution Valley 272
67 Boole Tree 277
68 Yucca Point Trail 280
69 Mist Falls 283
70 Deadman Canyon Backpack Trip 286
71 Heather Lake via the Watchtower 292
72 Giant Forest to Bearpaw Meadow 295
73 Bearpaw Meadow to Tamarack Lake 298
74 Bearpaw Meadow to Kaweah Gap 300
75 Bearpaw Meadow to Redwood Meadow 302
76 Bearpaw Meadow to Sugarbowl Dome 304
77 Kaweah River Trail 308
Honorable Mentions 313
X Muir Grove 313
Y Moro Rock 313
Z Tharps Log 314
Eastern Sierra: High Great Basin 315
78 Llewellyn Falls Loop 317
79 Through "The Roughs" on Buckeye Creek 321
80 Crown Lake 325
81 Virginia Lakes 328
82 Lundy to Lake Canyon 331
83 Black Point Fissures 335
84 Panum Crater 338
85 Up Dragons Back to Seven Lakes Point 341
86 Crystal Lake 344
87 San Joaquin Ridge 346
88 Ediza Lake 349
89 Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile 352
Honorable Mentions 356
AA South Tufa Trail 356
BB TJ Lake 357
CC Hot Creek Gorge 357
Eastern Sierra: Owens Valley 359
90 Little Lakes Valley 361
91 Lower Rock Creek Canyon 364
92 Muir Pass via Bishop Pass 367
93 The Little Loop on Big Pine Creek 371
94 Big Pine Lakes Basin 374
95 South Fork Big Pine Creek 377
96 Methuselah National Recreation Trail 379
97 White Mountain Peak 382
98 Alabama Hills Natural Arch 386
99 Mount Whitney Trail to Lone Pine Lake 389
Honorable Mentions 393
DD Owens River Gorge 393
EE Pinyon Pine Loop 393
FF Patriarch Grove 394
Around the Kern Plateau 395
100 Freeman Creek Trail 397
101 Needles Lookout 400
102 Johnsondale Bridge Hike 403
103 Remington Trail to Lightner Peak 406
104 Rockhouse Basin 409
Honorable Mentions 413
GG Nelson Trail 413
HH Dome Rock 413
II Trail of 100 Giants 413
JJ Presidents Trail 414
About the Author 415
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