Best Short Hikes in California's South Sierra

Front Cover
The Mountaineers Books, Jan 29, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
1 Review
* The best 66 short hikes in the Southern Sierra* Handy appendices to find the Sierra hikes you desire* Two trip summary tablesAn area that's larger than the entire European Alps, the South Sierra offers unparalleled beauty and extensive hiking options. The drive to the various trailheads alone will take you past the largest trees in the world, provide dramatic views of some of the deepest canyons in the United States, and reveal splendid glimpses of the highest peak in the lower 48states.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

VII
36
VIII
38
IX
40
X
42
XII
45
XIII
46
XIV
48
XV
51
LII
150
LIII
152
LIV
154
LV
158
LVI
161
LVII
163
LVIII
166
LIX
169

XVI
54
XVII
56
XVIII
59
XIX
62
XX
66
XXI
69
XXII
71
XXIII
74
XXIV
76
XXV
79
XXVI
81
XXVII
83
XXVIII
85
XXIX
87
XXX
90
XXXI
93
XXXII
95
XXXIII
98
XXXIV
100
XXXV
103
XXXVI
105
XXXVII
108
XXXVIII
111
XXXIX
113
XL
115
XLI
117
XLII
121
XLIII
124
XLIV
127
XLV
130
XLVI
133
XLVII
138
XLVIII
142
L
144
LI
147
LX
171
LXI
174
LXII
176
LXIII
180
LXIV
182
LXV
185
LXVI
188
LXVII
190
LXVIII
192
LXIX
195
LXX
197
LXXI
201
LXXII
204
LXXIII
207
LXXIV
209
LXXV
211
LXXVI
214
LXXVII
217
LXXVIII
219
LXXX
222
LXXXII
226
LXXXIII
229
LXXXIV
231
LXXXV
234
LXXXVI
236
LXXXVII
238
LXXXVIII
241
LXXXIX
246
XC
249
XCI
260
XCII
263
XCIII
265
XCIV
267
XCV
271
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 35 - It is about ten miles long, half a mile wide, and the stupendous rocks of purplish gray granite that form the walls are from 2500 to 5000 feet in height, while the depth of the valley below the general surface of the mountain mass from which it has been carved is considerably more than a mile. Thus it appears that this new yosemite is longer and deeper, and lies embedded in grander mountains, than the well-known Yosemite of the Merced. Their general characters, however, are wonderfully alike, and...
Page 34 - Kings Canyon reaches a depth of 8200 feet near the confluence of the middle and south forks of the Kings River. The depth of this canyon is without peer in North America. It is deeper than Hells Canyon in Idaho and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. At Roads End, the start of...
Page 35 - In the vast Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is a yet grander valley of the same kind. It is situated on the south fork of Kings River, above the most extensive groves and forests of the giant sequoia, and beneath the shadows...
Page 35 - Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is a yet grander valley of the same kind. It is situated on the south fork of King's River, above the most extensive groves and forests of the giant sequoia, and beneath the shadows of the highest mountains in the range, where the canons are deepest and the snow-laden peaks are crowded most closely together. It is called the Big King's River Canon, or King's River Yosemite, and is reached by way of Visalia, the nearest point...
Page 24 - A much more serious form of mountain sickness is HAPE. Symptoms are inordinate shortness of breath and a dry, nonproductive cough or a cough producing a small amount of pink-tinged sputum (caused by blood from the lungs). HAPE results in a filling of the lung's air sacs with fluid that has oozed through the walls of the pulmonary capillaries.
Page 22 - Governmental agencies, particularly the National Park Service and the US Forest Service, have filtered hundreds of gallons of water from wilderness streams, found one or two organisms (far less than enough to be infective), and erected garish signs proclaiming the water "hazardous.
Page 18 - When to Go Because winter weather conditions and the depth of the snowpack vary considerably from year to year, it is not possible to predict with accuracy when each trail will be open for exploration.

About the author (2003)


PAUL RICHINS was raised in Weatherville, CA, and started hiking in the Trinity Alps at age 12. He has more than 35 years of wilderness experience backpacking, mountain climbing, ski mountaineering, and whitewater kayaking. A longtime member of the American Alpine Club and the Sierra Club, Richins maintains the Backcountry Resource Center, a website of valuable information for the backcountry skier, climber, or hiker wishing to explore the mountains of California, the United States, and Canada. For The Mountaineers Books, he has written 50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney and Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead-to-Summit Hiking Guide.


Bibliographic information