Trailblazer Travel Books

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Where to Hike, Walk, Bike in San Francisco and Marin.


6x9, 288 pages, softbound, second edition
ISBN 0-9670072-7-5, $17.95


Seventeen new trail maps and dozens of new photographs highlight the second edition of Golden Gate Trailblazer—the most comprehensive guide available for the great outdoors of San Francisco and Marin. Included are all county parks, open space preserves, and state parks, as well as the entire Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore. Trailblazer has all the peaks, beaches, forests, waterfalls, woodlands, lakes, and lagoons—plus all the cultural attractions, curiosities, and historic sites that provide entertainment along with exercise.

A new Trailblazer Kids section makes planning a family weekend easy and includes dozens of places to push a stroller. Cyclists will find all the trails and bike paths, as well as the surface routes across the entire region. A Best Of section lets you pick and choose an outing, depending on your mood, the occasion, and the weather. Pet owners will like the Doggie Trails section, and paddlers will appreciate the lists places to launch a kayak. Trailblazer is more than an outdoor guide: A Resource Links section has a complete list of contact numbers for of public agencies with camping information, museums and historical sites, preservation and community service groups, gardens and cultural organizations, and recreational outfitters. You’ll also find all the visitor information sources, as well as the best places to stay and the best eateries.

This book is a must for first-time visitors and an eye-opener for locals.


“The essential guide for lovers of the great outdoors.”
— Wilderness Press

“In both layout design and content, the very model of what a user-friendly guidebook should be.”
— Midwest Book Review

“The new outdoor bible.”
— Sundance Review

“Trailblazer books skillfully lead you to the heart and soul of your destination.”
— A Guide to the Guides.

“With mouth-watering photographs and descriptions written concisely—and with a sense of humor—Trailblazer books make you want to strap on your boots and go!”
— Sunset Magazine




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Jerry and Janine Sprout’s Trailblazer Travel Books reflect the more than 20 years of hiking and exploring they have done together. Their personal goal—beyond producing quality recreation field guides—is to help preserve nature and cultural heritage through responsible tourism. Their books are among the top-sellers, largely due to word-of-mouth publicity. Other works are No Worries Paris, Alpine Sierra Trailblazer, Kauai Trailblazer, Maui Trailblazer, Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, and No Worries Hawaii.