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Northern California Backcountry - Media Review

Posted in Features on February 1, 2003
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Contributors: Mark Nobles

To date, every book in the Backcountry Adventures series has been an impressive resource for four-wheelers in search of comprehensive trail guides, and the latest volume, Northern California, is every bit as complete and well researched as its predecessors.

Comprising superb detail on 2,653 miles of trails throughout the upper half of the Golden State, Backcountry Adventures Northern California, offers detailed, step-by-step route directions for 152 different trails, from the coastal redwood forests to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. And each trail includes maps, difficulty ratings, driving times, distances, and GPS coordinates.

In addition to the extensive trail information, you'll also find hundreds of photos of frontier towns, historic mining operations, old railroad routes, and native plants and animals. And in an effort to bring the history of the region to life, the authors have also included original accounts of some of the region's first inhabitants, including Spanish missionaries who first settled coastal California and prospectors who came looking for gold. You'll even find a few stories about lost mines still hidden in the expansive backcountry.

More than a simple trail guide, Backcountry Adventures Northern California is a trove of information that will not only take you far from the beaten path but will also enrich your journey and guide you safely back home.

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For more information about the Backcountry Adventures series, contact Swagman Publishing Inc., Dept. 4WDSU, P.O. Box 519, Castle Rock, CO 80104, (303) 660-3307,

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