Which Book is Right for Me?

Wondering which of Ann Marie's California outdoors books would best suit your lifestyle? Which book will become the most dog-eared paperback you own because you use it all the time? Take this quick quiz to find out.

Q. 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?
A. 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?
A. 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.

Do you want to find places to hike with your dog?
A. See 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?
A. 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 Tree?
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?
A. 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 bike and/or mountain bike and cruise through beautiful scenery?
A. 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?
A. 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.