Backroads of Southern California: Your Guide to Southern California's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures (Pictorial Discovery Guide Series)

Backroads of Southern California: Your Guide to Southern California's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures (Pictorial Discovery Guide Series)

by David M. Wyman

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Backroads of Southern California: Your Guide to Southern California's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures (Pictorial Discovery Guide Series) by David M. Wyman

Highest, lowest, largest, oldest: Southern California is a land of superlatives, from the alpine summit of Mount Whitney (14,495 feet above sea level) in the Sierra Nevada range, to the salty pool at Badwater (282 feet below sea level) in the depths of Death Valley; from groves of giant sequoia trees standing more than 250 feet tall, to desert plants more than four thousand years old. To help you explore these sites and dozens more, "Backroads of Southern California"—written and photographed by a local expert and tour guide—features spectacularly varied and vibrantly seductive backroads and showcases the compelling scenery and colorful history in the lower half of the Golden State. Whether you’re planning a day trip, looking for unusual destinations, or simply want to learn more about the region, "Backroads of Southern California" will lead you deep into the soul of the southern part of the state—beyond the bustling cities and common tourist attractions. About the Author/Photographer: Dave Wyman is a professional photographer and freelance writer based in Los Angeles. The author/photographer of Voyageur Press’s "Backroads of Northern California," he has published articles and photographs in such publications as "Backpacker," "Outdoor Photographer," "Outside," and "Sierra." Wyman also owns and operates Image Quest, a natural history and photography tour company.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896580589
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Series: Pictorial Discovery Guide Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Part IThe Transverse Ranges11
1An Urban Wilderness: The Santa Monica Mountains16
2Stairway to the Heavens: The San Gabriel Mountains17
3Up to the Rim of the World: The San Bernardino Mountains21
4Going for the Gold: The La Liebre Mountains and the Poppy Reserve25
5Winged Victory: Condor Country29
6The British are Coming!: The Santa Inez Mountains36
7I've Been Working on the Railroad: The Tehachapi Mountains40
Part IIThe Central Coast43
8West of U.S. Highway 101: Gaviota Pass to Pismo Beach48
9The Luck of the Irish: See Canyon to Montana de Oro53
10The Pacific Coast Highway: Morro Bay to San Simeon57
11Find the Lost World: Carrizo Plain National Monument64
12Earthquake Country: Coalinga to Cholame65
Part IIIThe San Joaquin Valley71
13Black Gold: The Elk Hills72
14Freedom Roads: Delano to Allensworth77
Part IVThe Sierra Nevada83
15Big Trees and Grand Views: Sequoia National Monument88
16Caliente to Kernville: The Road to Lake Isabella92
17The Last Road: Across the Kern Plateau97
18High Adventure: Around Mount Whitney100
Part VThe Mojave Desert107
19Historic Route 66: From Victorville to Amboy112
20Where the Banshee Dwells: The Mojave National Preserve116
21Strange Gardens: Joshua Tree National Park120
22Pupfish and Date Shakes: Tecopa Hot Springs and the Old Spanish Trail124
23It's No Mirage: Death Valley National Park125
Part VIThe Southern Mountains and Deserts131
24Beneath the Heavens: The Palomar and Laguna Mountains136
25Desert Sampler: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park141
26Jamul to Jacumba: Highway 94 and the Inland Empire145
27Welcome to Ramonaland: The San Jacinto Mountains149
Index156
Further Reading159
About the Author159
Acknowledgments160

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American Reference Books Annual, March 2006 (circ. unavailable) “This is a very well-illustrated and well-researched regional travel guide aimed at Southern California residents and visitors from out of the area who are looking for something off the beaten track.  Recommended for larger public libraries.”

Bookwatch, October 2005 (circ.: 80,000) “This is a ‘must’ for any Southern California visitor who would explore the backroads.”

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