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Reading List: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

An expert's reading list for two must-see California parks.

Mike White, 61, of Reno, NV wrote two guidebooks about the SEKI area and has personally hiked every trail in both parks. Here’s what’s on his local-reading bookshelf.

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1. John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America’s Most Famous Trail (4th Edition)
by Elizabeth Wenk with Kathy Morey (Wilderness Press)
“This is the most useful guide to the fabled trail.”

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2. Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline County (2nd Edition)
by Steve Roper (Mountaineers Books)
“A fantastic, alternate route to the John Muir Trail, much of it off trail.”

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3. Early Days in the Range of Light: Encounters with Legendary Mountaineers
by Daniel Arnold (Counterpoint)
“A fine historical account of some of the early adventures in the Sierra.”

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4. The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, Trails (3rd Edition)
by R.J. Secor (Mountaineers Books)
“THE climbing guide to the area.”

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5. The Last Season
by Eric Blehm (HarperCollins)
“A gripping account of the mystery of a park ranger’s disappearance.”

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6. History of the Sierra Nevada
by Francis P. Farquhar (University of California Press)
“The standard history of the Sierra.”

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7. Exploring the Highest Sierra
by James G. Moore (Stanford University Press)
“Excellent guide to the geology of the range.”

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8. Yosemite and the Range of Light
by Ansel Adams (Little Brown & Co.)
“A fantastic collection of Adams’s black and white photos of the Sierra.”

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9. My First Summer in the Sierra
by John Muir
“Of course, any of John Muir’s writings on the Sierra are classics. Also check out The Mountains of California and The Yosemite.”

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10. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide
Top Trails™ Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone
by Mike White (Wilderness Press)
And of course, Mike recommends his own guidebooks!

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