Foghorn Outdoors: California Camping

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9781573540537: Foghorn Outdoors: California Camping

With more maps, hike-in camps, and features on food, clothing, and equipment, the guide that was voted Best Book by the Outdoor Writers Association of California just got better. Detailed descriptions include easy-to-follow directions; information on fees, reservations, and facilities; and the secrets to finding the most remote and pristine spots.

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Tom Stienstra, outdoors columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and an enthusiastic promoter of California's wild country, has been collecting information on the state's campgrounds for years--mostly, he writes, so that he would never have to "get stuck again looking for a spot." That wealth of information has been transferred into California Camping, as complete a guide to the state's under-the-stars sleepovers as has ever been assembled.

Drawing on a team of fellow enthusiasts for up-to-date information, Stienstra here lists more than 1,500 campgrounds, ranging from the large venues with hundreds of spaces that lie within Yosemite National Park to the tiniest of public-lands facilities (such as Millard Falls outside Los Angeles, where only five tent sites lie within shouting distance of a 60-foot waterfall). More than a hundred of the listings detail wilderness campgrounds without services, while many more catalogue facilities that are appropriate for RV campers and extended stays. Stienstra takes a generally upbeat view, as when he calls Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay "one of the most beautiful and popular state parks on the planet," but he also warns campers about less-than-ideal conditions, such as the interstate highway noise that awaits overnighters at San Onofre State Beach north of San Diego.

California Camping is a valuable reference for any camping enthusiast with a California destination in mind. --Gregory McNamee

About the Author:

In the course of being certified as a pilot, Tom Stienstra found himself looking down from airplanes, shocked by the high number of remote lakes, streams, and campsites sprinkled across vast amounts of landscape. He chose to dedicate himself to searching out and exploring little-known spots throughout the Pacific Northwest and California. Tom's adventure stories are distributed across the nation on the New York Times News Service. He has been twice honored with the Presidents Award by the Outdoors Writers Association of America as the national Outdoor Writer of the Year for the newspaper division. He lives in Weed, California, with his wife, Stephani, and their two sons.

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