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Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks (Park Guides) Paperback – 9 May 2002
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Your Complete Guide to Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, with: Spectacular natural wonders, from majestic Yosemite Falls to Kings Canyon's towering sequoias Great places to stay, from luxury park lodges to family-friendly motels-plus a campground guide for each park.A fully illustrated nature guide to help you spot and identify local wildlife, birds, trees, wildflowers, and more.Descriptions of the best hikes, from easy wilderness strolls and ranger-led walks to overnight backcountry adventures.Where to eat and stock up on supplies-both in the parks and in the gateway towns Detailed, accurate park and trail maps
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Frommer′s Puts the Parks in Your Pocket. All the up–to–date practical information and candid insider advice you need to have the perfect park vacation...in an easy–to–carry size and at an unbeatable price! Your Complete Guide to Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, with: Spectacular natural wonders, from majestic Yosemite Falls to Kings Canyon′s towering sequoias Great places to stay, from luxury park lodges to family–friendly motels plus a complete campground guide for each park A fully illustrated nature guide to help you spot and identify local wildlife, birds, trees, wildflowers, and more Descriptions of the best hikes, from easy wilderness strolls and ranger–led walks to overnight backcountry adventures Where to eat and stock up on supplies both in the parks and in the gateway towns Detailed, accurate park and trail mapsSee all Product description
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For example, when choosing walks based on the author's recommendations, we discovered that Mirror Lake in Yosemite Valley has been dried up. Locals tell me it's been like that for years. The Park Authority hasn't warned tourists about this as the route is still clearly labelled, and when you finally realise you've reached the correct site you will find display boards with pictures of a lake, but no lake in front of you.
Climbing up to Elizabeth Lake in Toulomne (pronounced 'Tw-ollow-may'), described by the author as "one long Kodak moment" filled us with excitement, but apart from the first half an hour which we wasted trying to find a signpost (it was buried deep within a wooded campsite), the walk was entirely surrounded by trees up to and including the lake itself. There were no views, and the age of the trees suggested that perhaps 10-15 years ago you would have got some lovely views from up here. Avoid Elizabeth Lake, go up to Lembert Dome via Dog Lake instead, which affords you breathtaking views of Toulumne Meadows and the surrounding mountains.
This book is great for giving you ideas, and you can base walks around the trails suggested, but always be sure to check with a Park Ranger or Information Centre first to avoid disappointment. I would thoroughly recommend a day hike from Grand Sentinel in Sequoia National Park, through the Giant Forest to Moro Rock and back again in a loop. If you're lucky you may even get to see some bears!
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Planning: A nice job is done. There is a lot of detail on roads into the parks and hotels, information lacking in the more specialized hiking guides. It covers most of the big park highlights you don't want to miss if you're only visiting the region once or twice. This is not the sort of guide that will tell you where to find solitude and remote regions. It is also one of the best guides to have if you don't want to rough it the entire trip. I like to space long backpacking treks with a visit to a nice restaurant-this guide offers a lot of variety on this end. The same goes for hotels, if you're not into backpacking or looking for a place just after getting on/off a plane.
Hiking Trip Descriptions: Pretty minimal. This book spotlights the more popular trails but does a fairly decent job of highlighting don't miss items.
Maps: Non-topographic but highly readable. The printing is crisp and highly readable. Useful for planning short day trips.
Overall this is a pretty useful guide. As the price is great you can easily buy this to supplement a more specialized hiking guide and map. Note that Frommer seems to put out a new edition every couple of years. I don't think very much could have changed, so an older edition will do just fine.