Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada

Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada

by Mike White, Douglas Lorain


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The American West is home to some of the best backpacking trips in the world, and within California and Nevada are several outstanding destination trails. Hikers from all over the country, and around the world, travel to this area every season to undertake some of these classic trips of a lifetime and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada was written to help the accomplished hiker through the entire process of planning a multiday excursion. The book covers all aspects of the trip, from traveling to the area to successfully fulfilling the dream of backpacking in one of the most beautiful regions in the West.

The guide includes thirteen detailed trail descriptions, along with information on additional resources, governing agencies, and permits and fees. It also provides listings of the nearest airports, outdoor retailers, campgrounds, transportation, and amenities and attractions. Accompanying the specific information on each trip are captivating historical vignettes and entertaining personal essays, enhancing the reader’s understanding of the area. Whether journeying from near or far, Best Backpacking Trips of California and Nevada is the most complete resource for turning a dream trip into reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874179712
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 04/27/2015
Edition description: 1
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 782,607
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Mike White is a writer and former community college instructor. He is the author of many outdoor hiking guides, including 50 Classic Hikes in Nevada. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

Douglas Lorain is an author and photographer. He has received the National Outdoor Book Award. His publications include Backpacking Wyoming, Backpacking Oregon, and Backpacking Washington. He lives in Hamilton, Montana.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Trail Etiquette, Wilderness Ethics, and Safety xvii

Using This Guide xix

Part 1 California

1 High Trinity Alps Traverse 5

2 Lost Coast Trail 27

3 Yosemite High Camps Loop 53

4 Minarets Loop 75

5 John Muir Trail 91

6 The Palisades 153

7 Middle Fork Kings River 171

8 Rae Lakes Loop 197

9 High Sierra Trail 217

Part 2 California And Nevada

10 Tahoe Rim Trail 239

Part 3 Nevada

11 Toiyabe Crest Loop 287

12 Ruby Crest Trail 303

13 Jarbidge Mountains Loop 321

Best Trips by Season 335

Index 337

About the Authors 347

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