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California Offroad Trails - Media Review

Posted in Features on July 1, 2003
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Author Tony Huegel and his faithful 4Runner have logged thousands of miles exploring the western U.S. Now his copious trail notes, maps, and photographs have formed the foundation for his successful Backcountry Byways series of trail guides.

In this updated collection of trails intersecting the California desert, Huegel lays out 60 different back roads that will take would-be explorers through the Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and well beyond the parks system onto old pioneer roads.

A well-defined map accompanies each trail and includes highlights of the area, nearby landmarks, and a thorough description of the trail itself, from difficulty ratings and actual running time to what you can expect en route. This updated edition also includes 12 new trails just waiting to be explored.

The compact, glove-box-sized volume is made to be used and should provide good service out on the trail. California Desert Byways is a concise, approachable guide to a beautiful, fascinating region of the West and lays the groundwork for many days of enjoyable exploration.

For More InformationCalifornia Desert Byways (ISBN 0-89997-304-3) is published by Wilderness Press, 1200 5th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, (800) 443-7227,

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