by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Globe Pequot Press, 2003, 318 pages, $16.95 (www.falcon.com).
This new book covers two of the Bay Area’s finest public open space treasures, where beaches, coves, undulating terrain, and dramatic seascapes provide oppor-tunities for discovery any time of the year. Tracy Salcedo-Chourré piques your adventurous spirit with trail descriptions and information on the cultural and natural histories of each park. Details on trail distance, permitted uses, parking, and directions are provided for 47 different trails. Separate sections discuss options for backcountry camping, horseback riding, road biking, and sea kayaking. Other sections describe park beaches, historically and culturally significant sites, and places for spotting wildlife, such as migrating whales, migrant and resident birds, or tule elk.
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Islais Creek Park is the first official San Francisco site on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.