Do you live in the greater San Francisco Bay Area--anywhere from Napa
and Sonoma to Santa Cruz to Livermore--and want to find great hiking
trails within 1-2 hours of your home?
Check out 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay
Area. The included
trails run from easy to strenuous and from short to long, but each one
features the best natural highlights of the Bay Area. Includes 90 photos
and 70 trail maps.
Q. Are you planning a trip to Yosemite
but aren't sure where to stay, camp, hike, fish, or backpack? Do you want
to know how to have a stress-free trip to this popular national park, even
if you don't have prior reservations?
Check out Moon Handbooks: Yosemite.
This book is small enough to fit in your glove box, yet it contains all you
need to know for planning a trip to Yosemite, and what to do when you get
there. The perfect book for people who want to enjoy the outdoors while on
their Yosemite vacation.
Q. Do you want to find places to hike with your
California Hiking if you plan to hike in a variety of areas all
over the state. Or see 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area if
you hike mostly in the Bay Area. Both of these books provide a wide
selection of trails where Fido is welcome, and tell you which trails
where he is not. Get the right information and spare yourself from
having a disappointed doggie.
Q. Do you want to go hiking, but you
don't like long miles, steep hills,
or complicated trail directions?
A. Get a copy of
Easy Hiking in Southern California or Easy Hiking in
Northern California (depending on where you live and hike). Both of
these books are designed for people looking for pleasant, short hikes to
great destinations--places that can be reached without a lot of huffing
and puffing! Great for those who want to spend a little time in nature
or get some exercise and fresh air, but don't want to be on the trail
all day. Families with kids will get a lot of use from these two books.
Q. Have you ever
hiked to a waterfall and been elated by the feeling it
gave you? Do you think that ANY hike is a good hike if it has a
waterfall (and also maybe a swimming hole) as its destination?
California Waterfalls is your book. It includes 215 waterfalls
throughout the Golden State, including 20 in the San Francisco Bay Area
and 45 near Los Angeles and San Diego. Trails are a mix of short
strolls, long treks, and everything in between. A few backpacking trips
are included, as well as some waterfalls you can drive right up to! All
the important details about each waterfall are provided: what months
offer optimal viewing; how easy, hard, or scenic the trail is; how tall
the waterfall is; and how much water flow to expect. This book is pure
fun! Includes 160 photos and 80 maps.
Q. Would you like to plan a trip around visiting one or more of
California's national parks? Have you ever wanted to spend a few days
hiking in Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia, Death Valley, or Joshua
A. 250 Great Hikes in California's National Parks is your ticket to 14 different
national parks in the Golden State. The book features all of the best
trails in our spectacular parks, from the famous (Yosemite and Point
Reyes) to the not-so-famous (Lava Beds and Channel Islands). Trails are
rated for difficulty and time required. Includes 150 photos.
Q. Do you like the idea of having your own
private cabin or cottage for
a romantic weekend, a family vacation, or a solo getaway in a
spectacular natural setting? Want to stay somewhere where you can go
hiking, fishing, boating, or swimming right from your front door? Want
the fun of an outdoor-oriented vacation without the hassle of camping?
A. Check out
Southern California Cabins and Cottages. The book covers
traditional Southern California destinations like San Diego and Santa
Barbara, but it also includes Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon and
Sequoia National Parks, and Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra.
Includes 150 photos.
Q. Do you want to go bike riding, but you aren't Lance Armstrong and
don't aspire to be? Are you looking for places where Mom, Dad, and the
kids can ride together? Do you want to ride on paved and dirt trails
that are completely free from cars?
Easy Biking in Northern California is your book. It features 50 easy
trails in the San Francisco Bay Area, plus 60 more sprinkled all over
Northern California—from Tahoe to Shasta to Monterey. Most rides last
from 30 minutes to two hours.
Q. Are you an
intermediate-to-advanced bike rider who likes to jump on your road
mountain bike and cruise through beautiful scenery?
Northern California Biking details the 150 most scenic trail and road
rides from Monterey to the Oregon border. It includes rides for every
kind of rider, but is geared more to the intermediate or advanced rider
than Easy Biking in Northern California. The book has an equal mix of
rides for fat tires and skinny tires alike. Every ride includes a trail
map and topographical chart.
Q. Still can't decide which book you want?
Buy one of each! You'll be armed with all the information you need
for many happy days in the outdoors. And don't forget that California
guidebooks make great gifts for your friends and family.