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Best Loop Hikes: Arizona
 • Bruce Grubbs  → Mountaineers Books 2005

·75 loop hikes throughout the state, from easy half-day trips to extended journeys ·Hikes for every season-planning chart lists best time to go ·Many hikes accessible from Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, Phoenix, and Tucson It's hiking with a welcome twist: no tandem driving, no dropping off a car at the end of the trail-and no turning around to hike back the way you came. Bruce Grubbs has selected the best existing loop trails and stitched together segments of other trails to form new loops. This is a guide of tremendous variety. You have your pick of terrain: desert, canyon, mountain, or forest. There are hikes along old pioneer trails, through volcanic fields, and past petroglyph views. To top it off, you'll often hike through several different life zones on the same trail-Grubbs is your guide in understanding these, too. Useful features include elevation profiles and charts listing hikes by special interest and best times to go. Water availability is listed for each hike, plus tips on hiking in comfort and safety in Arizona's extreme conditions. Regions covered include Grand Canyon, Mogollon Rim, White Mountains, Mazatzal Mountains, Superstition Mountains, and Southeast Mountains.

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Best Short Hikes in Arizona
 • Don Laine  → Mountaineers Books 2006

Perfect for families, sightseers, and people with busy schedules—includes "user-friendly" charts for easy selection of just the right outing. ·More than 60 short hikes (ranging from a fraction of a mile to just over 7 miles round trip) ·A mix of popular hikes and little-known gems showcasing scenic Arizona ·Many hikes in or accessible from major metro areas plus destination parks and landmarks Don and Barbara Laine present the best of the best of Arizona’s short hikes—with an emphasis on "user-friendly." To make selection easy, a "Hikes at a Glance" chart lists trails by distance, elevation gain, difficulty, and location. Other charts list hikes by best places to admire rock formations, see desert plant life, enjoy scenic views, explore historic and prehistoric sites, relax along a shady stream or lake, take the kids, or see wildlife. Important details such as entry fees, restrooms, drinking water, and campground information are listed up front; there’s a map and elevation profile for each hike. That’s to say nothing of the breadth of experiences (from sandy desert floor to steep mountainside and riparian environment) awaiting you; or the detailed trail descriptions with tips on where Hollywood movies were filmed and background on old cabins and mines. Most hikes are rated easy or moderate—making them perfect for families—plus a selection of more strenuous hikes. Regions include the Phoenix, Sedona, Tucson/southern Arizona, and Flagstaff/northeastern Arizona areas; the Grand Canyon (north and south rims) and Petrified Forest National Parks; and Organ Pipe and Chiracahua National Monuments.

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Biking the Arizona Trail: The Complete Guide to Day-Riding and Thru-Biking
 • Andrea Lankford  → Westcliffe Pub 2002
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Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers
 • Roger Naylor → Rio Nuevo Publishers 2014
Finally, a fun and exciting hiking book! Everyone in Arizona lives within 15 minutes of a trail (and everyone eats) so Roger Naylor leads the way to beautiful hikes and incredible bites. Walk off some calories and put them back on! A humor and travel writer, Roger highlights his favorite trails all over Arizona, featuring Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, the Phoenix area, Tucson and the southern deserts, the forests of the White Mountains, and Arizona s West Coast. Each trail is followed up by a nearby mom and pop eatery. Pass the mustard! This book is a love letter to Arizona and a departure from the typical dry hiking book. Experience in full color the beauty and wonder of Arizona in over 170 stunning photographs. Featuring: 37 trails, 38 eateries, trail guides, maps, fascinating fun facts, attractions
This ROCKS!

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Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau
 • Michael R. Kelsey → Origin Books Sales, Inc 1999

This is a canyon hiking guide to the Colorado Plateau, which covers the southeastern half of Utah, the northern half of Arizona, the western 1/5 of Colordo, and a small part of NW New Mexico. This new 4th Edition has been undated significantly beyond the 3rd. The author went back to almost all canyons, or at least to the trailheads, to check out the mile post markers, etc. Also, about half a dozen less-interesting canyons or hikes from the 3rd Edition were eliminated; while about a dozen new & more challenging hikes have been added, plus another 32 pages. This 4th edition contains 320 pages and 191 fotographs, about 90 of which are new. The new canyons are from scattered locations in southern Utah, primarily in Zion National Park, and the Escalante River, San Rafael Swell & Robbers Roost country, along with major updates on slot canyons on the Navajo Nation. Other big changes to this edition are the addition of about a dozen new technical slot canyons; that is, canyons where you need ropes and rappelling gear to get through. This adds another dimension to excitement and challenge, and opens many new hiking areas previously closed to many of us. All these technical canyons are now either bolted-up, or have slings or webbing around boulders, making them ready for rappelling. The general direction for this book, is toward slot canyons, which everybody likes; but it retains easy & fun hikes to canyons with Anasazi ruins, another favorite. So if you're looking for petroglyphs or pictographs, and cliff dwellings or ruins, which some people try their best to hide, then this is your book. In the back of this book is a section listing the Best Hikes, including for the most part Slot Canyons, then best hikes to see Indian ruins, and Native American rock arts sites. Below is the Table of Contents.

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Climbing the Ladder Less Traveled
 • Joe Bill → Mountain Forest Pub 2002
Perched high on mountains, sometimes even above the clouds, are lookouts, the people who staff the fire towers located throughout our national forests. Most have one thing in common. They have taken the road less traveled.
Captured by the author are the life experiences and insights of 18 remarkable lookouts. Their stories are fascinating and often humorous. The many photographs show views of the landscape that are breathtaking, but the lookouts share views on life that etch equally deep impressions.

Throughout the book, readers are entertained and inspired --- entertained by vicariously experiencing unique adventures, and inspired by refreshingly clear-sighted perspectives that light new paths for the journey through life.

These intrepid guardians of our national forests have reached the top - but by climbing a much different ladder. Now it's a ladder they enjoy climbing every day.
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Crossing Arizona: A Solo Hike Through the Sky Islands and Deserts of the Arizona Trail
 • Chris Townsend  → Countryman Press 2002
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Day and Overnight Hikes: Tonto National Forest
 • Tony Padegimas → Menasha Ridge Press 2008

Central Arizona’s most popular forest area houses six separate ecosystems, and much of it can only be seen on foot. Hikers have long known about the natural wonders that exist here, and this guide corrals all of the best hikes — no small task, since there are over 900 miles of trails in the park. Offering detailed descriptions of each hike, along with practical, need-to-know logistical information, this guide demystifies a truly enormous and beautiful stretch of wilderness.

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Day Hikes and Trail Rides in and Around Phoenix
 • Roger and Ethel Freeman → Gem Guides Book Co. 2000

Within an hour's drive of downtown Phoenix are hundreds of mountain trails, many of them little-known. Phoenix itself boasts the country's largest municipal park and the best urban and near-urban hiking and riding of any large city. The surrounding areas also have exceptional opportunities for hikers, trail riders, mountain-bikers, and joggers. This comprehensive coverage of the entire area includes hundreds of trails, measures distances, detailed topographic maps, b/w and color photos, and detailed access information. A handy color insert portrays the beautiful scenery and surroundings along the hikes. This fully-revised second edition includes several new areas such as Cave Creek (County) Park, the Blakc Canyon Trail, Deem Hills and the Salt River, Saguaro Lake, Bartlett Reservoir and Seven Springs/Cave Creek areas of the Tonto National Forest. Day Hikes and Trail Rides in and Around Phoenix is the most complete and essential hiking guide available.
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Day Hikes in Sedona, Arizona
 • Robert Stone → Day Hike Books Inc. 1998

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