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Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area Paperback – 1 Sep 2011

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LAURE LATHAM was born in the South Pacific, raised in Thailand, and was a tax attorney in Europe. But she developed a passion for the written word and left her international career to write feature articles and book reviews on environment, family, and travel topics and to work on children's manuscripts. Today she is a "Green Parenting expert" for the San Francisco Examiner and regularly contributes to SFKids.org and GreenMoms.com. She was also editor-in-chief of the newsletter of the Golden Gate Mothers Group in San Francisco for six years and is a member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators. She has hiked and camped throughout California and now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Guide For Those of Us With Littles 14 Nov. 2016
By Twoparentsandthreekids - Published on Amazon.com
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I first saw this at the library before I bought it here on Amazon. I bought this as a gift for my grandfather who likes to take my kids for hikes. It was cool how the trails were labeled by difficulty. He seemed pleased with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, very detailed and accurate 5 May 2013
By Kenneth Walton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the book that got me hiking with my daughter at age 3 - way younger than I thought she would be able to navigate the rugged terrain of the Bay Area. It is thoroughly researched, accurate, and insightful. If you find a single hike in this book that you didn't previously know about, it is worth far more than the asking price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Nov. 2016
By cristina - Published on Amazon.com
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Such a great book for any beginner to experienced hiker. I definitely recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to find new places to explore! 10 Jun. 2016
By K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I have loved every hike in this book that we have tried, and we have tried over twenty so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Takes Patience Above All 7 Sept. 2011
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Years ago my wife and I would take her then four year old granddaughter hiking. I'm glad we did. That little girl was better for it. Kids need to be exposed to nature up close. But hiking with a four year old is really challenging. "Look! I see an acorn! Look, there's another." Of course, the whole trail was littered with acorns and we collected as many as we could carry. One half mile and an hour plus later, we were back at the car, and I was somewhat grateful I never had kids of my own. Parenting takes patience, and never more so than when you try to introduce children to the out of doors.

The Bay Area, with its profusion of state, regional, county, and national parks has more places to take kids than most urban areas. Laure Latham's new book explores these areas with kids in mind. An extended introduction tells you how to introduce kids to nature, and what to expect from various age groups. In all, she describes 100 hikes appropriate for toddler to teens. Like many guide books to the Bay area, this one divides the region by county lines. A wide variety of hikes are included from paved level routes suitable for strollers to more challenging explorations of wooded areas. Each hike includes a decent sketch map and detailed route description.

In all, I think this is a decent book and worth a read, especially for parents who want to make sure their little prodigies don't suffer from the increasingly common nature deficit disorder. But honestly, I admire anyone who is so dedicated to their kids that they are willing to take them along on their own break times. Especially toddlers. You need patience to hike with little ones. And eventually you will be rewarded for it. This book gives you a glimpse of those rewards to come.
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