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Bay Area parks and preserves offer a dramatic variety of landscapes, from fern-lined canyons to rugged beaches, grassy meadows to sunny chaparral-coated hillsides. Well-known destinations such as Point Reyes National Seashore, Mount Diablo State Park, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and many other more obscure jewels of the Bay Area park system are just a short drive from the ...more
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Published March 22nd 2007 by Menasha Ridge Press (first published December 10th 2003)
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Pooja Desai
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love hiking! I got this book after I moved to SF, as a guide. Like the format of the book, for each hike it tells you difficulty, mileage, a short description of the trail, good season to visit, if the trail is covered/ exposed and map. I always supplement it with the AllTrails app to confirm the info. So far I have done only 5 of 60 hikes, but I plan to do them all!
Michael Huen
When I first discovered this book I thought it was exactly what I was looking for. 60 hikes within 60 miles of SF? AMAZING concept; however, the book designer and author have forgotten to include actual addresses or maps of where the hiking trails are. For instance, if I turn to the hiking trail labeled "Loch Lomond Recreation Area", a trail I've never heard of, I have no clue of where this place is located. Yes it's 60 miles of SF but which city is in? Instead of simply putting the city within ...more
Cadillacrazy
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has many great hikes around the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a range of levels of difficulty, and the info on each hike is highly detailed and informative.

I love to layout and information this book provides. at each hike, there is a list of essential info; Length, difficulty, scenery, water required, trail traffic, surface, time, facilities, and usually lets you know if dogs are allowed (I found one of the four hikes that I went on out of this book that did allow dogs, but was not
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Gail
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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We've only tried one hike in here so far: the Mitchell Canyon--Eagle Peak loop at Mount Diablo. It did deliver beautiful wildflowers in spring as promised, including the yellow fairy lantern which is only found at Mount Diablo. Be warned that the "strenuous" rating in the book is accurate. Usually trails marked "strenuous" usually aren't that bad in other books, but the last two miles of this trail were definitely strenuous: descending nearly 2000 feet down a narrow, rocky, steep trail at times ...more
Jennifer Tse
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
I don't think this book is that useful, because I won't actually go on all 60 hikes. However, it does give a good overview of the various hikes around SF. I like the description about Mount Tamalpais. However, sometimes there are 2-3 hikes about the same park, which makes the title kind of deceptive. I thought the title means that there are 60 different hikes in 60 different places... I also got kind of confuse about one of the headings. It listed hikes that are accessible with public transporta ...more
Elizabeth
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
I think that free website bahiker.com (by same author) is in many ways as useful as this book. However I have this book to thank for making it easy to get into regular hiking without having to do much searching around for hike ideas. Now that I'm more experienced, some of the hikes in the book are a bit shorter/easier than I am looking for, but the included trail maps and elevation profiles are very good (and not featured on the bahiker website). I'm glad I invested in this book even though now ...more
Jason Landsborough
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a fairly good book describing various hikes in the San Francisco Area. I particularly liked any background or historical information the author gave on particular areas.

This book (future editions?) could benefit from additional pictures and illustrations. For example, the author frequently mentioned seeing various plant and wildlife. It would have been helpful to have some idea of what the plant or animal looked like, particularly for species that are rare.
Karen Zachary
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The best book I've ever purchased. I'd had both editions. This book has given me a ridiculous amount of blissful hiking hours on trails I would have never found myself. Great info, including a cool elevation chart. I am eternally grateful to this author. ...more
Dorothy Greco
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must have for those who intend to make use of the trails and hikes avail in the Bay area. Huber obviously loves nature. It shines through her writing and attention to detail. Also includes lovely photos.
Francis Calugay
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For the beginner-moderate hikers out there, I recommend this book. Very descriptive and informative.
Alison
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of really great hikes in the Bay Area.
Melissa
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used bahiker.com (site by the author of the book) often before this book came out. This book and the site are both awesome for picking hikes to do around the Bay Area.
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Jane Huber grew up in Sussex County, New Jersey. She graduated from Boston University and lived in Brooklyn before moving to San Francisco in 1991. Huber has worked as a library page, Action Park lifeguard, waitress, editorial assistant, recipe tester, department store sales associate, cooking school office manager, barista, and bookstore clerk. She once lost a job offer by sharing an (apparently) ...more

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