Explorer’s Guide to Yosemite and the Southern Sierra Nevada region

Yosemite and the Southern Sierra NevadaThe second edition of David T. Page’s Explorer’s Guide to Yosemite and the Southern Sierra Nevada (Countryman Press) is an encyclopedic collection of information about the entire Southern Sierra Nevada (Snowy Range) and adjacent desert valleys—way more than the national park and its immediate region. If you like to know history and culture of places to which you travel, this book needs to be in your backpack.

It’s a guide for anyone who travels around the sparsely populated and unspoiled landscape of the West, not just folks into “roughing it.” Page provides complete coverage for California’s Southern Sierra Nevada and includes Kern River Plateau, Sequoia/ Kings Canyon National Parks, Mammoth Lakes region, the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra and Death Valley National Park.

For each of these areas he tells the reader how to get there and how to get around.  What to see and do, where to stay and eat, shopping and entertainment are detailed for every stop in an overview and then in more detail. Sidebars give extra information—movies shot on a specific location, a primer on elk, tips for climbing Mount Whitney, recounting a mountain bike adventure–that helps the traveler appreciate the rugged land into which he has ventured.

Photos, maps, and illustrations provide a comprehensive guide with practical tips from his own experiences as well as from local residents. As complete as this information is, to me the best part is the stories he tells about each location, including insights from notables like Mark Twain, John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, and others.  This is a book you can use through many trips as the places covered are much too numerous to discover in one journey.

This guide is also available in the Kindle Edition.

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