California's Best Nature Walks

32 Easy Ways to Explore the Golden State's Ecology

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Pub Date 16 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 16 Jan 2024

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Explore some of California’s most exquisite landscapes with this accessible hiking guidebook featuring descriptions of the flora, fauna, and ecology hikers will discover along the trail.

See the oldest trees in the world—and the tallest. Meet earthquake-loving fish, lively island foxes, and endemic birds. Visit the saltwater homes to sea otters and a desert basin where the water is even saltier.
In California’s Best Nature Walks, Charles Hood reveals the golden state’s unique ecosystems, guiding you through 32 spectacular natural areas, with advice on deciphering the terrain. All are within easy walking distance of the road. This is an essential companion for road-trippers, outdoor enthusiasts, and day hikers—no cleated boots or trekking poles necessary.

Locations include the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Olmsted Point at Yosemite National Park, Fossil Falls, Camp Roberts Rest Area along Highway 101, Scorpion Anchorage at Channel Islands National Park, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, and more!

Explore some of California’s most exquisite landscapes with this accessible hiking guidebook featuring descriptions of the flora, fauna, and ecology hikers will discover along the trail.

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California's Best Nature Walks is a beautiful, comprehensive look at some of the west coast's best hiking and nature trails. It is divided into four sections: Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern. You should be able to easily find trails that are near your area or the area you plan to visit.

Information on each trail includes the length and difficulty, plus the different highlights available. There's tons of information about landmarks (mountains, lakes, rivers), plants, and animals. There are maps and lots of beautiful pictures as well.

This book gives great guidance to the beauty and diversity of nature available in the Golden States. This is a must-have if you live in the area or plan to visit for vacation!

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Informative and well-organized, this book references a wide variety of nature trails throughout California and provides information about the flora and fauna found at each location. A must-have if you're interested in exploring some new areas or learning more about familiar spots.

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A great book for anyone wanting to do some walking and hiking/trekking in California. This has come at a great time for me as we are travelling to California next year and can now refer to this book for help in deciding which tracks/walks we might want to do.

The division of the book into North, East Central and South is great as you can refer to these sections easily. All the information you need on each trail is listed in the book along with maps and photos which makes you want to explore more.

A great reference and even a great coffee table book as it has some great photography in it.

Thank you Net Galley and Timber Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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This book includes mostly easy and shorter hikes and walks that cover the board range of habitats and ecology found around California. Lots of pictures and thorough descriptions will be enjoyed even by people who aren't able to make the hikes themselves.

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This book is so informative and includes such beautiful photography. This would make a great companion for anyone visiting California to explore the area and learn more about the nature and wildlife.

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This is a great travel book. It tells you a little about the park. and how to get to the park and trail. The book gives the difficulty level of the trail and how long it is. A description of what the habitat is like and what animals and trees are around. It’s a great guide. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

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