Base Camp Reno: 101 Hikes from Sage to Snow

Imbrifex. Apr. 2022. 376p. ISBN 9781945501586. pap. $27.95. TRAV
A good hiking guide accurately directs readers to the trail, describes it well enough for hikers to know what to expect and plan for, and perhaps relates a few author anecdotes of time spent on specific paths. A better hiking guide, such as this one, also interweaves the author’s particular expertise or interests. The Bariles are educators and naturalists, and they pay detailed attention to history, geology, fauna, and particularly flora–wildflowers, plants, and trees. The authors share their local knowledge of Reno: where to find the rare Dog Valley ivesia flower, Basque arborglyphs, hidden falls, or seasonal information on when particular flowers and berries bloom. Each described hike contains information about difficulty, elevation, solitude, season, animals, distance, trail type, user type, land ownership, and features. In addition to driving directions, the authors include advice about vehicle accessibility (low/high clearance or 2WD/4WD) and note when digital map directions differ. Helpful appendixes guide hikers in choosing their adventure by interest, elevation, mileage, and difficulty.
VERDICT A solid choice for local collections and for travelers planning to hike in the area.
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