100 Classic Hikes in Northern California by John R. Soares

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Want to explore the top day-hiking and backpacking trails in the top part of the Golden State? Then you need 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California. In print for over 20 years and now in its third edition, this all-color book contains over 120 stunning photos, comprehensive maps of all the trails, and a handy chart that shows mileage, difficulty, and key attractions for every hike.

Co-authors John Soares and Marc Soares walked every inch of every hike, paying careful attention to every detail you need to know to find the trailhead, follow the trail, and enjoy the scenic beauty.

This third edition has been thoroughly reviewed by rangers and trail supervisors to help ensure accuracy. It also contains handy elevation maps that show you just how much up and down you ll do on a given hike.

The Soares brothers researched over 1000 trails to find the 100 that capture the best of northern California. Here s just a small part of what you ll discover in the book s five main regions:


* Climb Mount Tallac for sweeping vistas of Lake Tahoe and the Desolation Wilderness

* Explore the many granitic islands of Lake Aloha below the towering summit of Pyramid Peak

* Marvel at Feather Falls as it drops several hundred feet into a steep gorge


* Clamber to the tippy top of Lassen Peak, elevation 10, 457 feet, with hundred-mile views in every direction

* Stand in the mist of thundering Burney Falls and stay cool on a hot summer day

* Walk along Mount Shasta s slopes to verdant meadows, or tackle its 14,179-foot-high summit


* Backpack deep into the Trinity Alps and find solitude among the high peaks and glacial lakes

* Investigate the high backcountry of the remote Marble Mountain Wilderness

* Dip into refreshing swimming holes of clear mountain streams and sunbathe on streamside rocks


* Wander in shade and silence through extensive groves of giant redwood trees

* Enjoy long walks along secluded beaches backed by steep cliffs

* Tramp through state parks that feature oak-studded hills and flower-filled meadows


* Marvel at the sweep of sea and the expanse of boundless land from the top of Mount Tamalpais

* Splash in the surf and tip-toe around tide pools at the Bay Area s many beaches

* Hike all the way from a mountain crest to the ocean on the Skyline to the Sea Trail

Whether you want an easy five-mile day hike or a challenging five-day backcountry trek, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California is your guide to the best of the north state s wild country.

About John R. Soares

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JOHN SOARES (Mount Shasta, California) is the author of 75 Hikes in California's Lassen Park and Mount Shasta Regions. MARK SOARES (Redding, California) is the author of Snowshoe Routes: Northern California, among others.
Published April 2, 2008 by The Mountaineers Books. 235 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction

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