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Yosemite: The Complete Guide: Yosemite National Park

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Fully updated to include current travel information and newly expanded sections on the geology, ecology, and history of the park, this handy guide brings Yosemite National Park to life. Vivid, full-color photography and informed writing covers essential information on lodging, camping, outdoor adventures, and popular park activities in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Wa ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Destination Press (first published June 1st 2007)
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Jenesis
May 01, 2015 Jenesis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In preparation for my first-ever trip to Yosemite I picked up a few books at the library. I liked this one a lot initially because of the in-depth history it provided, as well as the geological background and the stunning photos. However, when I got to Yosemite I realized the maps aren't quite as detailed as you might want, the trail descriptions are useless to use as a guide, and even the ecological information was lacking. The one flowering tree that is spread throughout Yosemite Valley, the P ...more
Karli
Jul 04, 2015 Karli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this guidebook. It's organized effectively by different areas of the park and it provides a good starting place for planning the different hikes/excursions/sights you might embark on. Of course, any hiker should get a more detailed topo map, so this book gets you set up with where to start, but don't rely on the maps as your only guide.
Kelly Barrett
Nov 18, 2013 Kelly Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This guide was a good introduction into Yosemite with many subjects given some description. This is a good starting point, but much more information is needed to plan a trip to Yosemite. I had many questions after reading this book that will require other guides and the internet to answer

Pros: great photography, good taste of the ecology and geology of Yosemite for the average person, good place to start to get ideas of trip itineraries for trips of various lengths

Cons: not very detailed in any
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Jenny C
Aug 06, 2013 Jenny C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the organization and information in this guide.
Can't wait to go there in a week!! We are there for 3 1/2 days, can't decide which hikes to do!
Kevin
Jun 12, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of good history and information on Yosemite Valley but I was hoping for more information on Lyell Canyon.
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James Kaiser is an award-winning travel writer and photographer. When not trotting the globe on assignment, he writes guidebooks to U.S. national parks. In 2005 his book Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Full-Color Travel Guide and the Independent Publisher Award for Best Travel Guide. In 2006 he was a photographer for Yahoo! Sports at the Winter Olympics in ...more
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