This fifth edition of San Diego County's classic hiking guidebook features 282 trips, ranging from short, self-guided nature trails to challenging peak climbs and canyon treks. In Afoot & Afield San Diego County, coauthor Scott Turner has fully updated this edition, which includes new maps and more than 30 new hikes. The book encompasses almost all public--and a few private--lands within San Diego County, including Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cleveland National Forest, the Cuyamaca Mountains, and numerous county and city parks.
For every trip you'll find:
At-a-glance essential information, including distance, hiking time, and elevation gain/loss
Notes on which trails are suitable for children, mountain bikes, dogs, equestrians, and backpacking
Accurate and precise driving and hiking directions
About the Author
Jerry Schad (1949-2011) was Southern California's leading outdoors writer. His 16 guidebooks, including those in Wilderness Press's popular and comprehensive Afoot & Afield series, along with his "Roam-O-Rama" column in the San Diego Reader, helped thousands of hikers discover the region's diverse wild places. Jerry ran or hiked many thousands of miles of distinct trails throughout California, in the Southwest, and in Mexico. He was a sub-24-hour finisher of Northern California's 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and served in a leadership capacity for outdoor excursions around the world. He taught astronomy and physical science at San Diego Mesa College and chaired its physical sciences department from 1999 until 2011. His sudden, untimely death from kidney cancer shocked and saddened the hiking community. Scott Turner's various interests include psychology, photography, writing, songwriting, and music production. He serves a variety of populations as a marriage and family therapist, and he covers an assortment of hiking trails across California and beyond for modernhiker.com and locally for sandiego.org. He generally hikes more than 1,000 miles per year across much of California and frequently leads guided hikes independently or with agencies across the county.