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!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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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.

Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC.

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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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This is a nicely compiled list of 32 nature walks, all easily accessible by car, and with a focus on nature (and especially birds since the author is an avid bird watcher). The sites are varied to showcase the full spectrum of California's incredible nature diversity: from singing sand dunes in the South to giant lava tubes in the North. No off-road vehicles necessary and most of the walks are very doable for various levels of fitness.

The book is broken down into four sections of California: North, South, East, and Central. The nature walks were chosen to ensure diversity - each is particularly different than the other and have their own unique special points. Walks include a trip to a channel island, an observatory on top of a mountain, a famous sci fi filming location, even the only man-made disaster that can be seen from space.

This is a full color book beautifully photographed. Each of the four sections comes with a map showing the general location. Then each walk comes with a graphical page that includes the name, location, difficulty, length, and a quick introduction. All the walks are nicely detailed in the paragraphs and pictures that follow so you get an idea of the historical, natural, or cultural heritage of the location.

This really is a great reference and would make a great bucket list to go through leisurely and spend the time getting to know California from the ground level. It is all you would want in this type of book and clearly very lovingly prepared. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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California’s best nature walks! But how can they narrow it down to just 32? I grew up on the Southern California coast, and have been fortunate to live in the far Northern part of the State (Humboldt County), the Bay Area, and now the Central Coast (Santa Cruz). Along the way, I’ve hiked for years and still enjoy looking at photos and reading about places to enjoy hiking and other day trip adventures.

This book is divided in four geographic regions which helps to plan trips as well as just providing inspiration. Each walk or hike is described by length and difficulty, and there are some great photos as well. I appreciate being able to read about wildlife and natural features of each area, which will help me plan for the future as well as reminiscing about past excursions.

It’s a great value and a valuable resource as well as being just fun to read. Thanks to Timber Press and NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review. Five stars.

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