Frommer's Best Hiking Trips in Northern California

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Wiley, Feb 3, 2010 - Travel - 272 pages
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Frommer’s Best Walking in Northern California is intended for people for whom a good hike is an integral part of their vacation plans. It highlights the "best-of-the-best" of Northern California's many hiking choices, focusing on accessible day hikes for a variety of abilities, plus some of the country's most popular multi-day options. The book will follow Frommer's usual highly organized approach: clear, thorough instructions on how to prepare for their trip; detailed breakdowns of the hikes themselves with easy-to-understand route instructions; star ratings and reasons to go; and lots of maps. In addition, the book will provide accommodation and dining options geared to the outdoor enthusiast; GPS directions for trailheads; and a full-color naturalist’s guide for wildlife identification.

In addition to the hikes themselves, each chapter will contain: hike index, trailhead map, 1-2 page write-up on the unique characteristics of the area, and an accommodation and dining guide.

The hikes will cover the entire region, including:

  • Day hikes within easy reach of San Francisco, including the Presidio, the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond, and Muir Woods
  • The best walks through wine country, such as Jack London State Park and Sugarloaf Ridge
  • The legendary routes of Yosemite National Park, including the Yosemite Valley Loop, Glacier Point, and Half Dome
  • The finest vantage points on Northern California’s mighty redwoods and lush landscapes, such as Tall Trees Grove, Humboldt Redwoods, and the Mendocino Headlands
  • The hidden gems that dot the spectacular Highway 1 along the coast between San Francisco and Big Sur
  • The best of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, including the John Muir trail and Mt. Whitney
  • The stunning views of the Eastern High Sierras near Lake Tahoe, including the Tahoe Rim Trail, Ellis Peak, and the best of the Pacific Crest Trail.

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About the author (2010)

John McKinney is the author of 20 books about hiking, parklands, and nature, including The Hiker’s Way and A Walk Along Land’s End: Dispatches from the Edge of California on a 1,600-mile Hike from Mexico to Oregon. For 18 years, McKinney, a.k.a. The Trailmaster, wrote a weekly hiking column for the Los Angeles Times and now writes articles and commentaries about nature and outdoor recreation for both print and online magazines. A passionate advocate for the environment and our need to reconnect to nature, McKinney also shares his expertise on radio, TV, and at

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