Touring the Sierra Nevada

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The massive Sierra Nevada stretches north to south over four hundred miles of California and western Nevada, and is one of the most scenic, biologically diverse, and historically interesting mountain ranges in North America. Touring the Sierra Nevada is the first travel guide to cover the entire range and its adjacent regions. Author Cheryl Koehler has thoroughly explored the Sierra Nevada, from world-famous sites like Lake Tahoe and Yosemite to enchanting hidden by-ways, and she offers detailed suggestions for ...
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Overview

The massive Sierra Nevada stretches north to south over four hundred miles of California and western Nevada, and is one of the most scenic, biologically diverse, and historically interesting mountain ranges in North America. Touring the Sierra Nevada is the first travel guide to cover the entire range and its adjacent regions. Author Cheryl Koehler has thoroughly explored the Sierra Nevada, from world-famous sites like Lake Tahoe and Yosemite to enchanting hidden by-ways, and she offers detailed suggestions for long tours and exciting day-trips, excursions for automobile travelers, and backcountry adventures for hikers and other hardy types. She also provides information about the history, geology, flora and fauna, and unique features of the places she visits, as well as practical advice about contacting parks, museums, visitors' bureaus, and other agencies; finding lodging, camp-grounds, and restaurants along the way; and preparing for weather and altitude changes. The book is illustrated with photographs and detailed maps.

About the Author:
Cheryl Koehler is a journalist and freelance writer who has worked for several Northern California Newspapers

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Editorial Reviews

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Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and Las Vegas mingle with lesser-known locales like Malakoff Diggins, Wawona, and Knapsack Pass in this delightful book by Koehler, who has walked the 400-plus miles of the Sierra Nevada range of eastern California. Koehler offers readers ten different driving trips ranging in length from a day to a week, each of which highlights the flora, fauna, geology, human history, and incredible beauty of this region. A food editor for several publications, Koehler also includes enticing recipes that introduce readers to local delicacies such as Basque Sheepherder's Bread. Her chapters end with "Practical Information," such as suggestions on the best times to experience trouble-free driving, places to explore off the main highways, addresses and web sites of visitor centers, camping sites, recommended restaurants, and more. At times, her prose reads like poetry, but she remains practical and realistic. The Sierra Nevada—offering gambling opportunities, spectacular national parks, and vestiges of California's chaotic gold rush—is a top tourist attraction, and this outstanding guide is essential for public libraries throughout the country.
—Joseph L. Carlson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874177008
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,392,967
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Guide to the Guide     xii
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: Know Before You Go     xvii
Weather and Climate     xvii
Some Cautionary Advice     xviii
Revelations on Interstate 80     1
Through the Golden Gate to Sacramento     2
Gold Run to Dutch Flat     13
Emigrant Gap     14
Donner Pass     15
Mount Judah     18
Donner Lake     21
Truckee     23
A Side Trip from Truckee on Highway 89     28
Reno     30
Practical Matters     35
Tahoe     37
Da ow a ga     37
Southwest Shore     41
West Shore     47
A Side Trip Down the Lower Truckee River     49
North Shore     51
East Shore and the Carson Range     52
South Shore     56
Practical Matters     58
Central Sierra Crossings     61
Early Sierra Crossings     61
U.S. 50: The Johnson Cut-Off     64
Highway 88 Through Carson Pass     71
East Carson River Country     77
Highway 4 Through Ebbetts Pass     80
Highway 108 Through Sonora Pass     86
Practical Matters     92
U.S. 395: Mono County     95
Antelope Valley and the West Walker River     95
Bridgeport Valley     97
Bodie State Historic Park     101
Into the Mono Basin     107
June Lake Loop     111
The Lands of the Long Valley Caldera     112
Rock Creek and Little Lakes Valley     123
Practical Matters     125
U.S. 395: Owens Valley     129
Ice Age Owens Valley     129
Down the Sherwin Grade     130
Bishop     133
Bishop to Big Pine     136
From Big Pine to Independence     139
Manzanar National Historic Site     144
Lone Pine and Surrounds     144
Owens Lake     151
Fossil Falls     152
Practical Matters     153
The Southernmost Sierra     155
From Tehachapi Pass to Isabella Lake     157
Around Isabella Lake     160
Highway 178 Through Walker Pass     162
The Kern Plateau and Route 41     165
Practical Matters      172
The High Sierra     175
Highway 198 to Sequoia National Park     177
Kings Canyon National Park     186
Along the John Muir Trail     197
The High Sierra of the San Joaquin River     202
Practical Matters     206
Yosemite National Park     209
Yosemite Valley     211
Tioga Road     219
Highway 120-Big Oak Flat Entrance     225
Highway 140-Arch Rock Entrance     229
Wawona Road to the South Entrance     230
Practical Matters     236
Gold Country: A Tour on Highway 49     239
The California Gold Rush: A Brief History     241
Mariposa County     244
Tuolumne County     249
Calaveras County     259
Amador County     264
Wine Country Tour     272
El Dorado County Gold and Wine     274
Placer County     279
Western Nevada County     282
Sierra County     299
Sierra Valley     302
Practical Matters     306
The Lost Sierra     309
Portola     309
Lakes Basin Recreation Area     313
Plumas-Eureka State Park     314
Blairsden to Quincy     318
Quincy and Surrounds     320
Indian Valley     323
North Fork Feather River     326
Lake Oroville     329
Heart of the Lost Sierra     329
Practical Matters     331
Topics of Interest to Sierra Travelers     333
A Primer on Sierra Conifers     333
My Favorite Fauna     337
Thoughts on Sierra Geology     338
Plant and Animal Names     339
Appendix     345
Index     351
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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Comprehensive Guide

    A very thorough coverage of the Sierra Nevada area primarily for those touring in vehicles. This book is well organized and it is easy to focus on particular subjects or areas of interest.

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