Southern California, A Day Hiker's Guideby John Mckinney
All you need to know about hiking in SoCal's parks, preserves and special places: San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains, Orange County, Ventura
The Best Day Hikes in Southern California! Longtime Los Angeles Times hiking columnist John McKinney, a.k.a. The Trailmaster, details 150 hikes and reveals how you can get the most out of your time on the trail.
All you need to know about hiking in SoCal's parks, preserves and special places: San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains, Orange County, Ventura County and Santa Barbara, as well as the best trails along the coast, in the desert and on the islands.
Save time and money and reduce your fuel costs by learning about the wide range of hiking experiences available so surprisingly close to home. The author's colorful stories and proven trail accounts will help you select-and take-a quality hike you're guranteed to like.
- The Trailmaster Inc./ Olympus Press
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I grew up in Southern California, but I still didn't know about a lot of the hikes in this guide. It's fun to discover new hikes when I visit my family! McKinney is a journalist, so his writing is crisp. I love his dry wit: 'Rattlesnake Canyon Trail is serpentine, but otherwise far more inviting than its name suggests.' Each region and trail has an introduction that includes historical tidbits, and then the hike itself is described in great detail. He writes helpful hints for families with small kids, suggesting places to turn around and so forth. 'I really appreciated his note in the introduction about how hiking with kids can help instill in them a love of nature.' The introduction helps you decide which hikes to focus on - there are 150 in the book! There's a very helpful 'Best Hikes...' section with listings like 'For Watching Whales,' 'With Kids,' 'For Tree-Huggers,' and 'For Romance.' But its conversational tone makes you want to read every listing!