Best Easy Day Hikes Redwood National And State Parks

Author: Daniel Brett
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780762765966
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Redwood National and State Parks are home to some of the world's tallest trees: old-growth coast redwoods, living to be 2000 years old and growing to over 300 feet tall. Author and hiker Dan Brett includes trail descriptions and maps of nearly 22 easy day hikes within these spectacular parks. This indispensible guide provides accurate hike descriptions, easy-to-follow maps, and concise trail information for the author's favorite trails.

Best Short Hikes In Redwood National And State Parks

Author: Jerry Rohde
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 0898867169
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A guide to more than sixty hikes--from half hour to half day--includes information on camping and park facilities for Redwoods National Park and Humboldt, Prairie Creek, Del Norte Coast, and Jedediah Smith State Parks. Original.

The Wild Trees

Author: Richard Preston
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781588366030
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Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained–the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. The biggest redwoods have trunks up to thirty feet wide and can rise more than thirty-five stories above the ground, forming cathedral-like structures in the air. Until recently, redwoods were thought to be virtually impossible to ascend, and the canopy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored. The canopy voyagers are young–just college students when they start their quest–and they share a passion for these trees, persevering in spite of sometimes crushing personal obstacles and failings. They take big risks, they ignore common wisdom (such as the notion that there’s nothing left to discover in North America), and they even make love in hammocks stretched between branches three hundred feet in the air. The deep redwood canopy is a vertical Eden filled with mosses, lichens, spotted salamanders, hanging gardens of ferns, and thickets of huckleberry bushes, all growing out of massive trunk systems that have fused and formed flying buttresses, sometimes carved into blackened chambers, hollowed out by fire, called “fire caves.” Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and plant life that is unknown to science. Humans move through the deep canopy suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, knowing that the price of a small mistake can be a plunge to one’s death. Preston’s account of this amazing world, by turns terrifying, moving, and fascinating, is an adventure story told in novelistic detail by a master of nonfiction narrative. The author shares his protagonists’ passion for tall trees, and he mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to tell the story in The Wild Trees–the story of the fate of the world’s most splendid forests and of the imperiled biosphere itself. From the Hardcover edition.

Day Hiker S Guide To California S National Parks

Author: John McKinney
ISBN: 9780934161190
Size: 70.38 MB
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Walking adventures in all of California's National Parks, including Yosemite, Sequoia, Lassen, Death Valley, Muir Woods, Joshua Tree. Also includes National Preserves (Eastern Mojave) Seashores (Point Reyes), Recreation Areas (Santa Monica Mountains) and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A single, comprehensive resource for walking in California's most outstanding parklands.

Day Hikes Around Sonoma County

Author: Robert Stone
ISBN: 9781573420723
Size: 80.95 MB
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California's Sonoma County is known for its wineries and a magnificent natural landscape--a picturesque mix of rugged coastline, steep cliffs, forested hillsides, and verdant agricultural valleys. A collection of 125 of the county's best day hikes are combined into this guide, providing access to 60 miles of coastline and thousands of acres of greenspace. All hiking levels are included, with a focus on mid-range hikes.

Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii Kauai

Author: Suzanne Swedo
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762762829
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Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii; Kauai includes concise descriptions of the best easy day hikes on the island, with detailed maps of each route. The 19 hikes in this guide are generally short, easy to follow, and guaranteed to please.