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Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP

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avatar Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 02, 2009 03:46PM
I am interested in recommendations on trail guides, hiking books and or annotated maps for Sequoia National Park.

Based on the internet views, the Tom Harrison maps appear inferior to standard Topos. I am willing to entertain alternative opinions,however.



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avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 02, 2009 09:04PM
I like Tom Harrison. Get the Mt. Whitney High Country Trail Map. It's $9.
Grab those free Topo's you linked to. Good to go.

Do that loop I mentioned.
Crescent->Bearpaw->Hamilton Lakes->Kawaea Gap->Big Arroyo->Little Five->Black Rock->Redwood Meadow->Bearpaw->Crescent

I only have Kings NP Hiker's Guide by Mike White. It's ok.

My suggestion is: nps.gov, study topo maps, explore
avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 02, 2009 09:13PM
Note: Bearpaw looks easy on the topo...it's deceptive.
avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 02, 2009 10:57PM
I've got the standard National Geographic Traills Illustrated map for SEKI. Maybe it's not annotated, but they've got the best topo maps I've seen. They're actually a plastic material that's difficult to tear and can take getting soaked.
avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 02, 2009 11:27PM
Yeah. I love the Trails Illustrated Maps too... great for the big picture and planning mileage w/o a computer
and for planning routes...
they just aren't great if you want to do xcountry stuff. you really want the USGS 7.5 maps or equiv. for that
type of adventure planning...
smiling smiley
avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 04, 2009 06:30AM
Wow! What a response. Amazing.

I have this one too:
A Falcon Guide
Hiking: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

For hiking or backpacking trip ideas I actually think the Falcon one is a
little bit better than the Wilderness Press one. Although I must admit
neither of the books are beat to heck like my Yosemite Shaffer book.
Although nowadays I usually just look at the topo maps, garmin mapsource,
and google earth to concoct some goofy plan.
avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 04, 2009 08:40AM
I like the Falcon guides, too...they are the only ones that I have NOT thrown away!

(Do the Topo maps have detailed info on Manzanita density???)

Bee Cowboy
avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 04, 2009 09:00AM
Quote
BushWackingManzanitaLovingBee
(Do the Topo maps have detailed info on Manzanita density???)

Evidently yes. I just missed it.
And.. they moved the trail due to the massive quantities of Manzanita.
(the GPS tracks are correct)...

avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 04, 2009 09:26AM
"Thick Delicious Manzanita" "Yummy Manzanita"???!!!!!!

(there is a lot of rooting around near the manzanita trap)

Rolling on floor laugh
avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 04, 2009 09:28AM
Quote
Bee
"Thick Delicious Manzanita" "Yummy Manzanita"???!!!!!!

Official USGS terms?
avatar Re: Recommendations for Trail Guides for Sequoia NP
June 04, 2009 10:04AM
One minor drawback to both the NG Trails Illustrated and Tom Harrison maps is that the topo lines and elevations are so lightly drawn that they tend to be somewhat obscured by the color shading. The Wilderness Press maps have much bolder topo designations (unfortunately, they don't seem to have any maps for Kings/Sequoia).

The light lines/notations are no big problem if you are not out in the backcountry trying to find a mid-hike alternate route (wind blowing, rain pelting, but the lightning strikes help with illumination).



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/04/2009 12:07PM by szalkowski.
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