California's Best Nature Walks

32 Easy Ways to Explore the Golden State's Ecology


By Charles Hood

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Explore some of California’s most exquisite landscapes with this accessible hiking guidebook featuring descriptions of the flora, fauna, and ecology hikers will discover along the trail.

See the oldest trees in the world—and the tallest. Meet earthquake-loving fish, lively island foxes, and endemic birds. Visit the saltwater homes to sea otters and a desert basin where the water is even saltier.
In California’s Best Nature Walks, Charles Hood reveals the golden state’s unique ecosystems, guiding you through 32 spectacular natural areas, with advice on deciphering the terrain. All are within easy walking distance of the road. This is an essential companion for road-trippers, outdoor enthusiasts, and day hikers—no cleated boots or trekking poles necessary.

Locations include the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Olmsted Point at Yosemite National Park, Fossil Falls, Camp Roberts Rest Area along Highway 101, Scorpion Anchorage at Channel Islands National Park, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, and more!


On Sale
Jan 16, 2024
Page Count
188 pages
Timber Press

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Charles Hood

About the Author

Charles Hood has been to 70 countries plus the South Pole. He has been a bird guide in Africa, a Fulbright scholar,  a research fellow with the Nevada Museum of Art, and a prize-winning poet (studying under Louise Gluck  and Charles Wright). He hopes to soon spot his 1000th species of mammal in the wild, which would make him one of only a dozen people worldwide to do so. He has published over 500 natural history images, curated eight art shows, and exhibited photos and mixed media in fifty group shows. He lives in the Mojave Desert.

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