Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire Guide Book

by David & Jennifer Money Harris (Wilderness Press)
Afoot and Afield Inland Empire  by David & Jennifer Money Harris

410pp/maps/descriptions/pictures
ISBN: 0899974627

The Inland Empire—the area east of Los Angeles and located primarily in San Bernardino and Riverside counties—is known as Southern California’s big backyard. And with its mountain, foothill, valley, and desert recreational opportunities, it’s a hiker’s paradise. Afoot & Afield Inland Empire describes nearly 200 noteworthy hikes ranging from easy to very strenuous in this first comprehensive hiking guide to the length and breadth of Inland Empire. These hikes explore Southern California’s three tallest mountains, the stark beauty of the high desert, including Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve, as well as trails that wind through urban and regional parks. Each hike is shown on custom-created maps that also include GPS waypoints: the maps alone are worth the price of the book.

© 2012 David and Jennifer Money Harris/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 216.
... Preview: This hike follows the Mojave River through the colorful Afton Canyon to a pair of shallow caves. The Mojave River normally flows underground, but impermeable rocks keep the waters on the surface in th ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Afton, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: The southern face of the San Bernardino Divide is rarely visited. Tucked away half way up the slopes are two splendid trail camps, located alongside rushing creeks and shaded beneath towering incense ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Redlands, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: A flat trail along the north shore of Big Bear Lake links the Big Bear Discovery Center, popular Cougar Crest Trail, Serrano Campground, and Meadows Edge Picnic Area. Though this trail isn’t much of a ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Big Bear Lake, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Amboy Crater is a volcanic cone of ash and cinders rising out of a lava flow. It has erupted at least four times; the most recent eruption happened 10,000 years ago. This short hike leads through the ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Amboy, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Andreas Canyon contains the world’s second largest California fan palm oasis and is the ancestral home of the Paniktum clan of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. This short trail follows Andr ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Palm Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: This short segment winds along the west shoulder of Constance Peak, with dramatic views into the deep Santa Ana River Canyon and to the mountains beyond. From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Angelus Oaks, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Antsell Rock is the jewel of the Desert Divide. Edmund Perkins, of the USGS, named it for an artist at the Keen Camp Resort who was painting the peak. Antsell Rock stands high above the Divide and its ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Mountain Center, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Apache Peak stands high on the Desert Divide, guarded on the north and west by sheer rock walls. Surprisingly, the summit itself is merely a rounded bump covered in chaparral. Whatever the peak may la ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Mountain Center, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
... Preview: The Araby Trail climbs the canyon overlooking the modernistic Bob Hope estate on the southern edge of Palm Springs and offers close-up views of the comedian’s sprawling ridge top compound. Actor Steve ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Cathedral City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: Arches and natural bridges are formed when more rapid erosion takes place on the lower parts on a rock. These formations are common in sandstone but rare in granite. Arch Rock is one of these unusual ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Joshua Tree, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
... Preview: Looking north from San Bernardino, the outline of a huge arrowhead is emblazoned upon a hill called Arrowhead Peak. By further remarkable coincidence, the arrowhead points directly down to a hot sprin ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
San Bernardino, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: The Art Smith Trail, named in 1977 for the late long-time Trail Boss of the Desert Riders who was responsible for the development of numerous routes in these mountains, is the gem of the northern Sant ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Palm Desert, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: In October each year, quaking aspens (Populus tremuloides) leaves turn bright yellow for a few short weeks, and then drop from the trees. Aspen Grove is one of only two places in California outside th ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Angelus Oaks, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
... Preview: A century ago, the climate in Joshua Tree National Park was wet enough to support limited cattle ranching. Ranchers dug wells and built reservoirs to obtain vital water. Barker Dam is the largest of t ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Nestled among the canyons of the parched Santa Rosa Mountains, lush oases form where underground water is forced to the surface. The Bear Creek Oasis is hidden high on the slopes above the La Quinta C ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Palm Desert, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Bear Flat is actually a sloping valley at the head of Bear Canyon and s only flat in comparison to the rugged slopes of Mt. Baldy. The short but steep trail leads along Bear Creek and past numerous ca ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Mount Baldy, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: The great south ridge of Mt. Baldy rises directly from Mt. Baldy Village to the summit, and climbs nearly 6000 feet in 3.5 horizontal miles. The trail offers the greatest sustained elevation gain of a ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Mount Baldy, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: Mill Creek cuts a deep swath through the loose rocks south of San Gorgonio Mtn. There are numerous waterfalls along the lateral streams pouring down the steep faces into Mill Creek. Falls Creek has th ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Redlands, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
... Preview: This segment can be done as a one-way hike with a car or bicycle shuttle, as an out-and-back hike, or as a loop returning along a poorly marked parallel trail. The trail system in this area is evolvin ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Redlands, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.5-11 miles
... Preview: Numerous trails lace this preserve and it is easy to choose as short or long a hike as you wish. There are benches and observation platforms along the way. All hikes start at the kiosk adjacent to the ... From the guidebook "Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire"
Desert Hot Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10