California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts Guide Book

by George Wuerthner (Westcliffe Publishers)
Californiaand39;s Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol 2 The Deserts  by George Wuerthner

320pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 1565792823

The first complete guidebook for California's desert wilderness areas. With a stroke of a pen, 74 desert wildernesses areas were created in the 1994 California Desert Protection Act. George Wuerthner's descriptions of the new desert wildernesses are the first to provide readers all of the information they need to explore these beautiful, untouched places. Included are: Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks, Mojave National Preserve, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, 3 proposed wilderness areas, and 69 BLM Wilderness Areas.

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Trails from the "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts" Guide Book
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... Preview: Anza Borrego Desert State Park is one of the “crown jewels” of the California State Park system. At 600,000 acres, this sweep of badlands, palm canyons, rugged mountains, and desert washes is one of t ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
San Diego, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 25.2
... Preview: Located on the western side of the Panamint Valley, the Argus Range is a long, narrow range directly west of Death Valley National Park. Some 28 miles of the range crest have been protected within the ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Panamint Springs, CA - Hiking
... Preview: The Big Maria Mountains are a rugged, sawtooth range just west of the Colorado River. Hwy 95 forms the southeastern boundary, whereas the northern boundary is just south of Big Wash. Big Wash separate ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Blythe, CA - Hiking
... Preview: Bigelow Cholla Garden Wilderness is located on the northern edge of the Sacramento Mountains—a dark, volcanic, highly eroded mountain area. Terrain is relatively unspectacular and consists of 60 perce ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Needles, CA - Hiking
... Preview: The Bighorn Mountains make up the eastern foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. The western border is contiguous with the San Bernardino National Forest. The highest elevation is 7,500-foot Grani ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Landers, CA - Hiking
... Preview: Black Mountain Wilderness is a plateau of exposed basalt rising as much as 1,900 feet above the surrounding lowlands. The rise from Harper Valley and Black Canyon is abrupt, but more gentle on other s ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Barstow, CA - Hiking
... Preview: With a name as lovely as Bright Star Wilderness, how can you go wrong? And it is, indeed, quite beautiful. Part of the Piute Mountains (a southern extension of the Sierra Nevada Range south of Lake Is ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Ridgecrest, CA - Hiking
... Preview: The trailless Bristol Mountains lie just west of the Mojave National Preserve and directly north of I-40. The terrain is rolling and consists of volcanic uplands. The lack of water means day hiking is ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Baker, CA - Hiking
... Preview: Cadiz Dunes Wilderness consists of some small dunes and wide open creosote flats in the middle of the broad Cadiz Valley. Vistas are expansive, with good views of Old Woman Mountains Wilderness, Ship ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking
... Preview: Carrizo Gorge Wilderness is a long, narrow (barely a halfmile wide in some places) wildlands that ironically doesn’t contain its namesake gorge. Nevertheless, the view from the wilderness of the gorge ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
San Diego, CA - Hiking
... Preview: Chemehuevi Mountains Wilderness rises from the Colorado River to the summit of 3,697-foot Chemehuevi Peak. Although this may not seem like much elevation, the overall relief is quite substantial. The ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Needles, CA - Hiking
... Preview: Chimney Peak Wilderness is one of several wilderness areas that protect the southern end of the Sierra Nevada. Domeshaped Chimney Peak Wilderness is part of the larger rolling plateau that continues w ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Ridgecrest, CA - Hiking
... Preview: The Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness rises from a vast sea of sand and rock just south of I-10. Steep-walled canyons, washes, rocky outcrops, the vastness of the desert, and a palm oasis at Corn Spring ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Blythe, CA - Hiking
... Preview: With a name like Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness one may be tempted to envision a shimmering blue oasis in the desert, however this wildland is named for normally dry lakes near the center of the wilderness ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking
... Preview: The Clipper Mountains Wilderness lies just south of I-40 and the Mojave National Preserve. Walk this wilderness and you will be following in the steps of the Chemehuevis, who once hunted bighorn sheep ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Needles, CA - Hiking
... Preview: Coso Range Wilderness takes in the northern end of the Coso Range—a volcanic upland just south of Owens Lake. Great views of the Sierra Nevada are possible from within the wilderness, particularly at ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Olancha, CA - Hiking
... Preview: The Coyote Mountains Wilderness borders the southeast corner of Anza Borrego Desert State Park and has been characterized as a “wonderland of geology.” It encompasses both the Coyote Mountains as well ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
El Centro, CA - Hiking
... Preview: Darwin Falls Wilderness doesn’t contain its namesake waterfall, which is now in Death Valley National Park immediately adjacent to the wilderness. It does, however, contain the headwaters and drainage ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Darwin, CA - Hiking
... Preview: Death Valley is one of the newest national parks in the country. It was designated a national monument in 1933, but only recently was enlarged and upgraded to national park status in 1994. Its global ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Ridgecrest, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 40
... Preview: Hike in Dead Mountains Wilderness and you enter lands sacred to local native American tribes. Indeed the area was once a cremation site for local tribes, hence the origin of its name. The mountains fo ... From the guidebook "California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts"
Needles, CA - Hiking

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