Arizona Hiking: Urban Trails, Easy Paths and Overnight Treks

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Arizona Hiking describes hikes in five categories: urban backyard hikes; family hikes that range from easy to moderate; tougher day hikes that range from moderate to advanced; Grand Canyon hikes ranging from easy to advanced; and overnight hikes. Each description gives specific driving directions, elevations, recommended maps, safety suggestions, and official contacts for details on fees, regulations, etc. Hiking chapters start with two to four feature hikes, followed by at-a-glance descriptions of several additional hikes. Other chapters give general hiking preparation and safety guidelines and list additional resources. Includes seven chapters, total, with index and color map of Arizona.

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Completely expanded and revised from our previous hiking book, Arizona Hiking includes:
* 122 full-color photographs and 70-plus hikes;
* hikes for every level -- casual walkers, family groups, hardier hikers, and overnight backpackers;
* details of urban trails easily accessible for hikers with little travel time (Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, and Flagstaff-Sedona);
* major attractions: state parks, national monuments, Grand Canyon, and pristine wilderness areas;
* Arizona Trail connections.

Combining exciting long-distance treks with a variety of shorter outdoor jaunts makes this guidebook ideal for vacationing families and enthusiastic beginners as well as for those craving an exciting backpacking experience.

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A successful trip into the wilderness does not require being in top shape, using high-tech gear, or traveling to the farthest edges of the earth.

It does require that you simply get out there.

Backcountry travel has as many variations as cooking, music, or driving. You might carry a 60-pound pack and trek for nine days or a tight, 20-pound pack and go for two weeks. You may never go overnight in your life, choosing day hiking without a cumbersome pack, just as you may prefer a backcountry entree of fresh asparagus in hollandaise sauce lightly dusted with paprika -- or two generous handfuls of nuts and raisins for dinner. However you choose to go out there, it is merely important that you do it.

There is something indefinably different about the natural world beyond the streets and sidewalks of civilization. The wilderness does not lack complexity or difficulty, but it is quick to reveal its rhythms.

If you don't know what I mean, step outside one night, just out the front door. Hold your hand against the sky long enough for the stars to move between your fingers. Now you know.

Discover the difference in the scatter of forest leaves, stacks of water-driven cobbles, the passage of clouds. If you go out there, it will be inevitable. So find the place and go.

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