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The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park

by Steven P. Medley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 120 PAGES

Published by the Yosemite Association, this slim guide includes practical information on activities, hiking trails, wildlife and history. (CAL51, $12.95)

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion

by Verna Johnston

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

This portrait of the Sierra Nevada has been a favorite among naturalists since first being published in 1970. Recently updated to reflect ecological research, it's a lyrical tour of the wildlife, plants and landscapes. (CAL46, $29.95)

My First Summer in the Sierra

My First Summer in the Sierra

by John Muir

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 353 PAGES

Muir's original account of a summer in Yosemite and surrounding High Sierras, based on his youthful notebooks of the summer of 1869. (CAL47, $14.00)

Assembling California

Assembling California

by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of scientist Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California. (USW187, $17.00)

Yosemite National Park Map

Yosemite National Park Map

by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A detailed, topographic map of Yosemite National Park, shown at a scale of 1:100,000. (CAL40, $11.95)

 
Falcon Guide, Hiking Yosemite National Park

Falcon Guide, Hiking Yosemite National Park


by Suzanne Swedo

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

In addition to useful trail descriptions, maps and safety techniques, this practical hiking guide to Yosemite National Park gives an overview of the area's natural history, and advice on navigating the area's beautiful scenery. (CAL41, $18.95)

Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks


by Danny Palmerlee

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER

With more color photographs and maps, detailed itineraries and 40 suggested hikes, this re-launched new edition of Lonely Planet Yosemite is better than ever. (CAL247, $19.99)

Yosemite, the Complete Guide

Yosemite, the Complete Guide


by James Kaiser

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This outdoor guide, which includes the High Sierra, features stunning color photographs on almost every page, a detailed roundup of hiking, camping and other activities, innovative maps in topographic detail and dozens of suggested itineraries. (CAL213, $19.95)

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California


by J. S. Holliday

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An illustrated, oversize history of the California Gold Rush and its effects by a noted expert, covering the 1830's through the 1890's and packed with more than 200 illustrations and archival photographs. (USW190, $41.95)

The Last Season

The Last Season


by Eric Blehm

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Eric Blehm's account of the disappearance of experienced ranger Randy Morgenson in the wilderness of the Sierras is a tribute to the man and the natural beauty of the mountains. (CAL207, $14.99)

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities


by Elna S. Bakker

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 484 PAGES

An introduction to the ecology and wildlife of the Golden State, this volume is filled with photographs illustrating a variety plants, animals and geological features found throughout the deserts, forests and coastline of California. (CAL11, $28.95)

Geology of the Sierra Nevada


by Mary Hill

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 468 PAGES

Hill provides a comprehensive guide to the Sierra Nevada's geological history, with extensive information on plate tectonics. (CAL255, $26.95)

Our National Parks

Our National Parks


by John Muir | Richard F. Fleck

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

A collection of ten essays on the national parks of the west, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Sequoia and General Grant. Six of the ten chapters are devoted to Yosemite National Park. (USW272, $28.00)

To Yosemite and Beyond, Writings from the Years 1863-1865

To Yosemite and Beyond, Writings from the Years 1863-1865


by John Muir

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 171 PAGES

A selection of letters, journals and articles by Muir covering his Yosemite years. (CAL45, $14.95)

Windows into the Earth, The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Windows into the Earth, The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks


by Robert B. Smith | Lee J. Siegel

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A geologic history and tour of the northern Rockies, particularly Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. With an outstanding overview of the geologic formation of the region and 50 color photographs. (USW356, $29.95)

Yosemite

Yosemite


by Ansel Adams

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A handsome collection of Ansel Adams' photographs of Yosemite National Park. The 66 photographs include Clearing Winter Storm and portraits of Moon, Half Dome and El Capitan. (CAL49, $22.00)

Yosemite, an American Treasure

Yosemite, an American Treasure


by Kenneth Brower

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

An overview of Yosemite National Park, presented in the style of National Geographic style with 120 color photographs and text by Kenneth Brower. A volume in the National Geographic Park Profiles series. (CAL43, $16.00)

Mac's Field Guide to Yosemite National Park: Birds and Mammals

Mac's Field Guide to Yosemite National Park: Birds and Mammals


by Craig MacGowan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided, laminated card features color drawings of the birds and mammals commonly found in Yosemite National Park. (CAL48, $4.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna. (CAL07, $22.00)

Pacific State Wildflowers


by Theodore F. Niehaus | Charles Ripper

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This Peterson field guide covers 1,492 species of wildflowers found from British Columbia to Baja California. (USW192, $19.00)

Sierra Nevada Natural History

Sierra Nevada Natural History


by Tracy I. Storer | Robert L. Usinger | David Lukas

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

An old-fashioned comprehensive guide to 750 species of mammals, plants, insects, fish, birds and amphibians throughout the Sierra Nevadas. (CAL53, $28.95)

The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada


by John Muir Laws

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 366 PAGES

This impressively detailed, compact and comprehensive identification guide covers 1700 native species of trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. Well organized for the field with 2,800 clear color illustrations and key features integrated on the page. (CAL238, $24.95)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird. (USW418, $19.95)

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