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Capturing the myriad of contrasting landscapes that span the Empire State, Hiking New York offers an ample sampling of hikes in the region for both the experienced peak bagger and the first-time hiker. Authors Rhonda and George Ostertag describe 75 hikes with rich physical, geologic, and cultural detail. Genessee River Gorge mist plumes, Mt. Marcy's Indian moniker "Cloud Splitter," Rip Van Winkle, Sleepy Hollow...it's all here to be packed along on your next trip. From the soothing summits of the Alleghenies rising from whisper-quiet forests to the chiseled Adirondacks, replete with 4,000 footers, from the plodding Hudson and nearby Appalachian trail to the thundering spillways of the Niagara Frontier, Hiking New York logs hundreds of miles of trails with hike specifics like length, difficulty, trailhead directions, and special attractions. Each detailed hike description is accompanied by up-to-date and easy-to-use maps and provocativeblack-and-white photos. The authors, with 15 years of guidebook writing experience, also provide timely information on trail markings, land ownership and wilderness ethics and safety. Despite the East's early settlement, New York still revels in open spaces and untarnished vistas. Let Hiking New York be your trail companion. by Rhonda and George Ostertag (200 pages)
- Vargo Outdoors
It doesn't matter if you're gearing up for your first hike ever or have been hiking for years-with 75 hikes to choose from, Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures, by Rhonda and Greg Ostertag, is sure to lead you on an adventure you'll love.. . . Describes 75 hikes suited for every ability level. Comprehensive trail descriptions include a map, mile markers, difficulty rating, average hiking time, elevation profile, best hiking season for the route, canine compatibility, and information on fees/permits. "Trail Finder" chart at the front of the book makes it easy to pick a trail at a glance by showing which are best for backpackers, children, dogs, nature lovers, history lovers, or peak baggers, and which have the best waterfalls and vistas. Covers the Adirondacks, Niagara Frontier, Finger Lakes Region, the Catskills, Hudson Valley, and Long Island. 2009, third edition, 296 pages. 9 x 6 x 0.75 in.
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