Hiking the Wasatch: A Hiking and Natural History Guide to the Central Wasatch

Hiking the Wasatch: A Hiking and Natural History Guide to the Central Wasatch

by John Veranth

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The Wasatch Mountains, with three wilderness areas and hundreds of miles of trails, offer a treasure land of outdoor opportunities within easy reach of nearly a million people. Yet the steep rugged terrain can seem intimidating to new hikers and many parts of the Wasatch are relatively unknown and seldom visited. John Veranth has hiked all over these mountains and has written a comprehensive guidebook for both the beginner and the expert hiker.
Trail descriptions range from nearly level walks requiring less than an hour to ascents that challenge experienced mountaineers. To assist in selecting an appropriate trail, hikes are listed according to best season, time required, objective, and desired level of difficulty. The easy trails have the most detailed descriptions to aid beginners, while expert trails have sparse descriptions to preserve the adventure. Maps, photos, and line drawings are included and detailed driving directions to the trailheads are consolidated to save repetition. The area’s geology, flora and fauna, and human history are also discussed to further appreciation of this mountain environment.
Since the first publication of Hiking the Wasatch, there have been numerous changes to these trails, especially along the foothill-urban interface. This revised third edition contains full updates based on the author’s field checking, comments from members of the Wasatch Mountain Club, and information from land-management agencies. Hiking the Wasatch is an essential resource for exploring these mountain trails.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607813255
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Publication date: 07/16/2014
Edition description: 3rd Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 336,367
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Veranth is president of the Wasatch Mountain Club and an avid hiker. His love of mountains prompted him years ago to move from the East Coast to Utah; he has been exploring the Wasatch ever since. When not outdoors, he works as a research associate professor at the University of Utah, where he studies the health effects of fine particles in the air. 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Hiking in the Wasatch
2. Natural History of the Wasatch
3. History and Environmental Protection
4. Trails and Trailheads
5. Foothills and Wasatch Front
6. Millcreek Canyon 
7. Big Cottonwood Canyon
8. Little Cottonwood Canyon
9. North and East Areas
10. Dry Creek and American Fork Canyon
11. Ridge Hikes and Mountaineering Scrambles

Common Hiking and Mountaineering Terms
Checklist of Trees and Scrubs
Mammal Checklist for the Central Wasatch
The Wasatch Mountain Club

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Hiking the Wasatch: A Hiking and Natural History Guide to the Central Wasatch 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good Hiking guide book, but it is not really that easy to understand due to the lack of real maps and often odd word usage
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that covers hikes for beginners, intermediate and expert hikers. Don't think you can scan the book though to figure it out. You need to read/scan the first several chapters in order to find what type of hike you are looking for. This book goes with me in my dayback everytime I hike along one of its recommended trails. By far the best book out there for hiking along the Wasatch Front (focusing on from Salt Lake to the Point of the Mountain ie. City Creek, MillCreek, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon, though he does get into southern Davis and Utah counties). Only negative is I wish it would be updated yet again!