Here’s a selection of John McKinney’s vintage and classic guides, books that are out of print, out of stock or available in limited quantity online. The Trailmaster’s personal favorites are “Great Walks New England” and “Great Walks Pacific Northwest.” I loved hiking these terrific regions of the country and sharing the colorful stories of their parks and trails.
“Frommer’s Best Hiking Trips Northern California” was another fun book to write. The idea was to make a book for the traveling hiker featuring the best day hikes as well as food and lodging suggestions. I consulted with Frommer’s editors to create a template for the “Best Hiking Trips” Series, which later included guides to other great places to hike, such as British Columbia and Scotland.
Best Hiking Trips in Northern California Northern California beckons the hiker with an unrivalled diversity of terrain and trails. From the foggy headlands of San Francisco Bay to the snowy summits of the High Sierra, and from the golden hills of the Wine Country to the towering redwood forests along the coast, this hiker’s paradise is preserved in more than a dozen national parklands, more than a hundred state parks, and dozens of coastal preserves.
And this guide does more than explore the outdoors. It leads you to nearby attractions, comfortable places to stay, and satisfying places to eat so you can enjoy the best of Northern California—indoors and out.
• 60 of the best hikes for every ability level, maps and step-by-step directions
• Planning information for everything from hour-long escapes to week-long itineraries
• A full-color wildlife viewing guide to help identify what you’ll see in the region
• Accommodation and dining recommendations located close to the trail
Great Walks of North America: New England There’s something about New England that brings out the walker in all of us, whether we’re hitting the trail in picturesque Stowe, Vermont, wandering the beaches of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, or tramping the stunning pathways of Franconia Notch in New Hampshire. Literate entries for each walk/hike (75 of them in the six New England states) enrich your experience every step of the way with area lore, natural history, and local color. Published by Henry Holt & Company, NY, 1997.
Great Walks of North America: Pacific Northwest From the majesty of peaks like Mt. Rainier and Mt. Hood to what is perhaps the nation’s most pristine coastline, the Pacific Northwest is a region of rich and varied terrain that rewards the hiker with the wonders of mountain, sea, and forest, not to mention some of the continent’s most hiker-friendly urban parks. Explore the serenity of wooded cliffs meeting the sea on the Oregon Coast Trail, the dramatic beauty of post-eruption Mt. St. Helens, the best of Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Published by Henry Holt & Company, NY, 1997
California’s State Parks: A Day Hiker’s Guide , California’s National Parks: A Day Hiker’s Guide, California’s Coastal Parks: A Day Hiker’s Guide, California Desert Parks: A Day Hiker’s Guide.This is my hiker’s homage to the Golden State, with about 150 hikes in each big book of the “California Parklands Series.” My favorite review for the series came from the great California historian Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus: “There are many ways to travel California. The best way is to walk, with hiking expert John McKinney as your guide.” Published by Wilderness Press in 2005 & 2006.
Los Angeles County, A Day Hiker’s Guide reveals that the green spaces and tranquil places of Los Angeles are closer—and more accessible—that most people know. The book includes a full range of more than 125 hikes on Los Angeles’s classic trails and brand-new pathways in the San Gabriel Mountains, Griffith Park, Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills, Verdugo Mountains and much more.If you find a used copy online, get it; a great value for the money. The Trailmaster MiniBuks now cover the various mountain ranges around Los Angeles in more detail.
Walk Santa Barbara: City, Coast, Country (John McKinney & Cheri Rae) Walking isn’t the only way to see Santa Barbara; it’s simply the best way. Stroll the historic downtown, walk the beaches. Hike the foothill trails. Experience the Santa Barbara Mission, the famed Riviera, Stearns Wharf and the harbor, East Beach, the Douglas Family Preserve, Cold Spring Canyon, Cachuma Lake, Santa Ynez Valley vineyards, and much more! “The Best-All-Around Guide to the City!” —Santa Barbara Independent