by Ann Marie Brown, Foghorn Outdoors, 2003, 340 pages, $17.95 (www.foghorn.com).
Visually engaging and rich in information, this second addition of 101 Great Hikes presents trail descriptions written with the ardor of a naturalist. Divided into sections on Napa and Sonoma, Marin, East Bay, and Peninsula and South Bay, this guide features vivid write-ups on the fauna, flora, and history that characterize each of the selected hiking trails. Information provided to help you select and plan your outings includes directions, round-trip mileage, estimated hiking time, elevation change, difficulty level, and a map. Can’t decide where to go? Brown suggests hikes that include her favorite peak vistas, waterfalls, wildlife viewing, wildflower displays, and redwood forests.
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The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.
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