Shakagrel It also provides significant sah diversity: The geographical scope of the book stretches from the Fort Collins area to Colorado Springs, and west to Rocky Mountain National Park, Fairplay, and Independence Pass; with superb coverage of mountains, plains, canyons and riverside adventures. Wonderful guide for hiking in this beautiful County. Also, turn-by-turn directions identify specific features to help people avoid taking a wrong turn. Jerry Schad is my hero. It is distinct from other similar guidebooks in that it covers the northern two-thirds of the state, including nearly the entirety of the Sierra Nevadas south to Kings Canyon National Park, and the entire Big Sur region along the coast south to Silver Peak Wilderness.
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Customer Book Reviews This is the book to have for San Diego hiking By Robert Sinkovits on Feb 17, I had received this book from a friend before I moved to San Diego three years ago, and started hiking here the weekend I came out for a job interview. Even being completely unfamiliar with San Diego county, I found it easy to choose some great hikes.
The descriptions, mileages, and directions to trailheads are all quite useful. Difficulty ratings are accurate - very important when choosing hikes to do with kids, parents, spouses, etc. The only reservation I have about this book is that it is so comprehensive that a very small number of hikes have slipped in there that I would not consider doing again. One in particular involved hiking along a poison oak covered trail that was littered with broken beer bottles and old tires.
From simple, family accessible hikes to challenging overnight treks, the information is accurate and well written. I personally have completed over 50 of the hikes included and have never found any wrong information. He is also very accessible, as I have e-mailed him to ask a detailed question about a particular hike.
Believe me, if you want to hike in SD County, this book is your indispensable starting point. Absolutely the best guide to San Diego exploration on foot. One of an excellent series of books on San Diego trails. Covers both urban and wilderness hiking.
Informative and very clear. Includes hiking distances, times, and level of difficulty. And frequently and responsibly revised, too. No guidebook, or map, is of much use unless you know how to use it: a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, right? Most of it makes great scenery, but up close it can be intimidating.
Most trails, even those in state or county parks, are not well marked except at trail heads about what you should expect when park budgets are so meager these days.
This book and a topographic map are just the things to reawaken a sense of purpose, and to give our desires a sense of direction. And these, in turn, unlock our sense of beauty and wonder. San Diego deserves nothing less from its inhabitants, and they and it deserve nothing less than such a resourceful book as this. On the San Diego bulletin boards for hiking enthusiasts looking to get together for hikes, they discuss the hikes by referencing page s from this book.
No book achieves that level of acceptance unless it is thorough and useful. His explanations and advice for options on the trails are invaluable and accurate. I have two copies of his book , a vintage edition still good information and the current publication, one in the vechicle and one for home reference.
This is an essential tool for the hiker. The organization of the book is simple , concise and specific covering all areas of the county. The photographs and illustrations are helpful too. Very Complete book of day hiking in San Diego. A Customer on Nov 15, Mr. Schad has spent a lot of time on the trails of San Diego county and it shows in this book.
Why not learn from someone else the great trails instead of hit and missing on your own. Informative but unclear By Andre Carrington on Jun 17, This book is great in that it shows you so many areas of San Diego you would have never found without it.
I personally have enjoyed the book and used it so much that all the pages are falling out. His directions to the trails are unclear and very brief. He mentions how to get to a trail and where to go when on the trail, but often he leaves out important information such as trail intersections that makes finding your way around very confusing.
You might want to buy additional maps when using this book. Also, erosion, time and usage makes trails ever changing, so the book directions get out dated. I hope he comes up with a new edition soon! The fires that happened down here have also changed a lot of the trails. Jerry Schad is THE master. It is simply amazing how much information he can pack into so few words. Once you do a few of his hikes, and reread his descriptions, you can quickly learn what exactly he means by certain turns of phrase and the like.
But what Schad does is describe practically every worthy hike in San Diego County in a consistent fashion, so you can apply what you learn he means by a certain description for one hike that he uses for another hike.
San Diego County is an amazingly diverse area of natural wonder. I strongly recommend his book for anyone interested in such a discovery. However, I do recommend that you take several 1-star hikes before going on to a 2-star, and several 2-stars, before a 3-star, etc. Picking up the book and planning a 5-star hike before going through the rest of the process is NOT recommended. Have fun! This book makes me want to go hiking every day.
Leaving your doorstep and traveling less then an hour to find yourself out of the city. It has all of San Diegos hikes and many mountian biking trails. It has great listing to let you know if you should attempt the hike or bike ride and if it would be good for children or dogs. The map at the start of the book could be a little better.
No other book even comes close. This book also has more pictures. It reminds me what a wonderful place San Diego is. If you want just one book, intelligently written and informative, on exploring the many opportunities in the land of "almost perpetual sunshine" this or any edition of this book is the one to buy.
Replacement even better than original By Tnd on Jan 05, Years ago when we first moved to San Diego we bought this book. After recently returning we knew we had to get another and were surprised by how big this book had grown! For anyone that loves the outdoors and adventure this book is a must have in San Diego! By Mgold on Mar 07, Trail descriptions are good, as well as the number of trails in the region the author covers. But the lack of even rudimentary trail diagrams let alone maps was very disappointing.
Perhaps a newer version of this book improves upon this tells you when the weather will be good for it By Kevin on Aug 02, I got this book for my wife who loves hiking.
It gives a list of all the popular hikes in San Diego, tells you when the weather will be good for it, and shows the different trail routes for each location. My wife has gotten some good use out of it. I use this as one of my main reference guides and would recommend it! By Sumsweetdeals on Nov 30, I use this book often when searching for hikes. This item shipped quickly and was exactly what I expected. Best "one-stop-shop" for hiking By J. Duszak on Feb 24, This book is the best hiking book I have come across, and I have many.
Not only is it well planned out, with attached maps, and hikes separated by areas, but it also grades the level of difficulty very accurately. As for the comment on this book being old and vague on location This particular edition is in a Paperback format.
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Customer Book Reviews This is the book to have for San Diego hiking By Robert Sinkovits on Feb 17, I had received this book from a friend before I moved to San Diego three years ago, and started hiking here the weekend I came out for a job interview. Even being completely unfamiliar with San Diego county, I found it easy to choose some great hikes. The descriptions, mileages, and directions to trailheads are all quite useful. Difficulty ratings are accurate - very important when choosing hikes to do with kids, parents, spouses, etc.
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