Wilderness Press Hiker's Guide to the High Sierra - Yosemite

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A classic book with a good, but not great, topo map…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used


A classic book with a good, but not great, topo map and good descriptions of the trails (if you can find em).


  • Comes with map
  • Has a LOT of trail descriptions


  • Descriptions slightly vague

I wanted to like this book, I really did. It fits in your pocket, it has short and easy trail descriptions along with a handy map. I was just disappointed when I actually used it in Yosemite because some of the trailhead descriptors were just a little vague, which doesn't help if it's your first time there.

That being said, the majority of the book is very useful. The book does a good job giving you insights about he trails and is very handy to use in the out-of-doors. It's a classic but just don't let it be your only book when in Yose.

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Hiker's Guide To The High Sierra: Yosemite is a fantastic pocket guide book for Yosemite National Park. Includes a separate fold-out map. Covers Yosemite Valley and the surrounding high country. Details 25 of Yosemite's best day hikes and five short backpacking trips. Detailed descriptions of the trails, mileage, difficulty and more. This Yosemite guide book has been in print for almost 4 decades for good reason (now 7th edition). Written by Jeffrey P. Schaffer, who has hiked and climbed in Yosemite since 1962. A must have for first-time visitors to Yosemite and veteran visitors alike. Author: Jeffrey P Schaffer. Pages: 126

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

Bring the Peregrine Hiker's Guide to the High Sierra Yosemite whether you're backpacking or looking for day hikes from the campground. Choose from twenty five dayhikes that cover the Valley and southern half of Yosemite National Park and range from one to sixteen miles long. Five backpack trips help you explore the backcountry. Shaffer also condensed much of his original field research into the Hiker's Guide to the High Sierra so you can get history lessons while you read about the hikes and look at maps.

- Backcountry.com