Trailblazer Travel Books

Jeff Davis peak, Alpine Sierra Trailblazer


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


Seventh Edition, 2016. 6x9, 256 pages, softbound, $19.95
ISBN-10: 099136905X ISBN-13: 978-0991369058


This 25th Anniversary (seventh) edition of Alpine Sierra Trailblazer includes the new Hope Valley Rim Trail, a 33-mile route that takes in all the streams, rivers and passes around the Sierra's most pristine meadowlands. A historic tour of Markleeville joins five other new trailheads, dozens of fresh photographs, and a new color insert in this completely revised and updated 2016 edition.

Trailblazer also directs adventurers to the Yosemite High Country, all around Lake Tahoe, Grover Hot Springs, Carson Pass, Monitor Pass, Carson River, Wolf Creek, Ebbetts Pass, Bear Valley, Kirkwood, Mokelumne River, plus Desolation Wilderness, Sonora Pass, Bodie, Mono Lake, Tioga Pass.

Inside are:

  • 93 different trailheads for more than 320 hiking and backpacking destinations for all levels

  • 200 photographs, plus a 4-page color insert

  • 51 cross country ski and snowshoeing spots

  • 59 trips for mountain bikers, leisurely pedals and backcountry rides

  • 72 spots for fishing in lakes, rivers and creeks

  • Directions to wildflowers, fall color and swimming spots

  • 7 maps, including a master map

  • 6 driving tours: Emigrant Trail, Bodie, Silver Mountain City, Virginia City, Pony Express route, cultural and natural history

  • A Trailblazer Kids section for family outings

  • Resource links for local campgrounds, resorts, restaurants, permits, accommodations, nonprofit groups, conservation organizations and events.

    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 & Marin, and No Worries Paris, A Photographic Walking Guide.



    Olmstead Point, back of Half Dome




    Tioga Pass




    brown bear

    big trout




    Grover Hot Springs