Hiking Grand Canyon National Park: A Guide To The Best Hiking Adventures On The North And South Rims Paperback – Jan 25 2011
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Lace up your boots and sample twenty-eight of the finest trails at one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Hiking Grand Canyon National Park provides firsthand descriptions and detailed maps for all of the developed trails in the park―from easy day hikes suitable for novices and children to extended backpack trips geared for intrepid wilderness travelers. Also included are tips on safety, hiking with children, access, and services, as well as indispensable information about backcountry regulations, permits, and water sources. For more than thirty years, FalconGuides® have set the standard for outdoor guidebooks. Written by top experts, each guide invites you to experience the adventure and beauty ofthe outdoors. Features• Hikes suited to every ability• Directions to the trailheads • Trail Finder for best day and overnight hikes for families, moderate day hikes, strenuous day hikes, and backpacking trips for all levels• Comprehensive trail descriptions with mile-by-mile directional cues• Difficulty ratings, average hiking times, and best hiking seasons for every featured hike• Information on fees, contacts, lodging and campgrounds, and more
About the Author
Ron Adkison (deceased), an avid hiker and backpacker, began his outdoor explorations at age six. Since then he has logged more than 12,000 trail miles in ten western states. He has walked every trail in this guide, most of them multiple times, to provide precise, firsthand information about the trails, as well as features of ecological and historical interest. Ron shares his love for the backcountry in this, one of his sixteen guidebooks covering wild country in the American West. After Ron's death in September 2009 his son, Ben Adkison, took over revising and updating his books. Ron brought Ben on many of the trips in this book and many others when Ben was young. Ben is a professional mountain guide, guiding on mountains from Alaska to Peru. He also loves hiking, skiing, mountaineering while living in his van. Other guidebooks by Ron Adkison includeHiking Northern California Hiking WashingtonExploring Beyond YellowstoneHiking Wyoming's Wind River RangeBest Easy Day Hikes Grand CanyonHiking Grand Staircase-Escalante and the Glen Canyon Region Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Staircase-Escalante and the Glen Canyon Region Hiking Southern CaliforniaBest Easy Day Hikes Northern Sierra Wild Northern CaliforniaBest Easy Day Hikes Southern Sierra50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National ParksUtah's National Parks
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Probably the biggest change in this guidebook over earlier editions is that it is now printed on glossy pages with beautiful photographs. The book also includes detailed descriptions of the hazards one faces hiking in the Grand Canyon, including not only dehydration but its all too common opposite, water intoxication. Descriptions of services, explanations of how to get a backpacking permit, and a detailed natural history round out the extended introduction to the third edition of this book.
The bulk of the book continues to be devoted to the trails (a fairly loose term: many of the hikes in this book are little more than routes) most of which are outside the main corridor of visitors. On the positive side, users of this book have an excellent chance to experience, if not solitude, substantially fewer crowds than more developed sites. On the downside, this book is mostly directed to experienced backpackers who are in top physical condition and who have the time (and vehicles; 4wd recommended) to access some of these locations. Most visitors to the Grand Canyon do not fall into that category. For these visitors, Best Easy Day Hikes, Grand Canyon, also by Ron Adkison, is probably a better choice. There is surprisingly little overlap between these books. But if you want truly experience the Grand Canyon on an extended and remote trip, the third edition of 'Hiking Grand Canyon' is an excellent choice.
The time allotted for the hikes is much too conservative for people who are in good condition
The description of Ribbon Falls on the North Rim does not do it justice
Overall, the guide is fantastic.
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