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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)

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)

Yosemite Wildlife

Yosemite Wildlife

by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, laminated fold-up card featuring 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. (USW499, $6.95)

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 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)

 
Moon Handbook Tahoe

Moon Handbook Tahoe


by Ann Marie Brown

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

A practical guide to Lake Tahoe and surroundings from the reliable Moon Handbooks series. Written by a local expert, it includes information on accommodations, activities and attractions. (CAL97, $17.99)

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)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Yosemite and the High Sierra

Yosemite and the High Sierra


by Ansel Adams | John Szarkowski | Stillman, Andrea G.

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 136 PAGES

This gorgeous collection includes Adams' best work on Yosemite and spans his 60-year career. (CAL210, $55.00)

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 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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