Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California

Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California

From the Mexican Border to Tuolumne Meadows

Laura Randall


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  • Popular, proven format: the previous edition sold more than 20,000 copies, strong numbers for a regional title
  • Market: Nearly 45 million people went hiking/backpacking in the U.S. in 2017, with reasons ranging from enjoyment of the outdoors to health and exercise
  • Comprehensive guide to the trail and side trips with rich descriptions, tips on planning your hike, and information on the region’s natural history, geology, and ecology
  • Important details on camping, permits, and the best seasons to go
  • New edition fully updated with resupply location information, water sources, and ideal campsites
  • New color photos that highlight the trail’s beauty
  • Emphasis placed on Leave No Trace principles due to increased popularity of the trail
  • Author Laura Randall re-hiked every mile to provide the most accurate information
  • Arguably the most trusted guidebook series to the Pacific Crest Trail


Laura Randall:
As a journalist with more than 20 years of experience, Los Angeles resident Laura Randall has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Sunset Magazine, and National Geographic News Service. She is the author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles, Peaceful Places: Los Angeles, and Day and Overnight Hikes: Palm Springs. When she isn’t writing or hiking, Laura can be found reading Raymond Chandler novels on the beach, walking her sons to and from school, and plotting the next family road trip, which may or may not involve a spectacular hike or two.