Trailblazer Travel Books

Jeff Davis peak, Alpine Sierra Trailblazer


Where to hike, ski, bike, fish, drive from Tahoe to Yosemite


Sixth Edition, 2010. 6x9, 240 pages, softbound, $18.95
ISBN-10: 0978637135, ISBN-13: 978-0978637132


Dozens of new photographs, hikes, and other adventures have been added to this completely revised and updated 6th edition of Alpine Sierra Trailblazer. The Alpine Sierra Trailblazer is called the outdoor bible for the High Sierra by local press. This is the authors' home turf and the pages reflect their personal view of mountain life. Vacationing families and adventure athletes alike have come to rely on this guidebook's trail-tested advice and descriptions to a four-season treasure trove of recreational excursions.

The new 6th edition covers some 300 different hikes, beginning at the north shore of Lake Tahoe, extending south through Markleeville and Hope Valley, then on to Sonora Pass and Mono Lake, and ranging up to the Tuolumne Meadows region of Yosemite National Park. Hikes vary from out-of-the-car strolls to daylong treks. Along the way is a full array of mountain bike rides, fishing trips, and cross-country skiing. Eye-catching layout, and trademark organization make this comprehensive guide easy to use. Six maps and nearly 200 photographs complement the text. Trailblazer country includes hikes into eight wilderness areas (Carson-Iceberg, Mokelumne, Desolation, Emigrant, Mt. Rose, Hoover, Ansel Adams), along with three national forests, and a dozen state and county parks. Extras in Alpine Sierra Trailblazer include a Trailblazer Kids section, outdoor tips and safety precautions, weather and distances, strategies for visiting the Sierra, a Resource Links section, visitor information, conservation groups, museums and cultural attractions, accommodations and restaurants, recreational outfitters, as well as all the public agency contacts for camping and backcountry permits.

Veteran travel writers Jerry and Janine Sprout have been exploring the American West for more than twenty years. They live in the Sierra Nevada and personally hiked and photographed all the places in this book. Their books have been featured in Sunset and the San Francisco Chronicle. They have authored four other best-selling Hawaii guide books as well as Golden Gate Trailblazer, for San Francisco and Marin.



Olmstead Point, back of Half Dome




Tioga Pass




brown bear

big trout




Grover Hot Springs