Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks: A Guide to the Parks' Greatest Hikes (Anglais) Broché – 5 février 2013
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Let's start with the good about this book: There's an at a glance map of the entire area, placing every hike in its rough location, there's also a map associated with each trail, and there are even GPS co-ords to every trailhead. All of these I appreciate.
So what was so bad? The book's biggest problem probably stems from the fact that it is "published in cooperation with the National Park Service". Now the NPS is entrusted with all our parks, and it must love all of them and every trail in them equally. After all it's the government. Problem is if the guide describes all the hikes using the same neutral tone, how is a visitor with only a few days in town to pick the best hikes? Solution: pick a different, much more opinionated book - like the Poe's.
So I switched to the other Arches/Canyonlands book. In comparison to it this book pails even more: the discussion of 2WD/hi-clearance/4WD to get to the trailhead is sometimes missing, the hypsometry is annoying (esp. considering the other book has full elevation gain and loss graphs), and sometimes the choice of trailhead access simply assumes 4WD as if we all have it. For example, using this book the way into Chesler park is via a 4x4 road from the south. The other book features the 2WD trailhead from the north. Disappointing.
There are a wide assortment of trails - some very short and some long, which can be turned into overnight hikes. The author does a great job at pointing out how you can combine hikes to make them longer if you choose.
The size of the book is slim which makes it great for throwing in your backpack. There is also a map of both parks showing where each of the trails is located to help in planning your day(s).
Falcon Guide books do a fantastic job! We've used them in other parks as well. I honestly can't find one fault with this book. It contained everything we needed for our hikes and then some. Very easy to understand and follow, and certainly a great resource for planning your hiking adventures. I highly recommend it!
Every hike, from the shortest half mile loops to the longest 20 mile routes include a color sketch map, GPS trailhead coordinates, significant waypoints along the trail, and often show color photos of the region so you can judge for yourself is this is a hike you need to take. Detailed driving directions, a large area map, and natural and archeological features round out the text. Although some of the trails are suitable for backpacking, day hikes receive the bulk of the attention. This makes sense because most park users have only a couple of days to experience the parks, but virtually all major geological formations and ecosystems are represented by the trails in this book. Readers should note, however, that a fair number of these trails can only be accessed by high clearance vehicles.
Finally, this book does offer a lot of "other" details to help plan trips. Essential contacts, such as parks and natural history associations are listed. Readers will learn how to get a backpacking permit, and important safety information about hiking in desert terrain. But ultimately, guides like this one should merely whet your appetite for exploration, and on that level, this one succeeded for me. I loved the photos, beautiful descriptions, and wide range of hiking options. And for the first time since my childhood, I am ready to visit these parks.
1. One of the Canyonlands hikes marked "moderate" had an extremely difficult section that we weren't expecting.
2. Choosing hikes based on a combination of length / recommendation / non-4WD access was complicated. The information was there, but not in one convenient table. (The author may have done this intentionally to prevent people copying the 2 or 3 pages it would be.)
I wish there were consistency between the Falcon Guides.