Muir Ramble Route
Walking from San Francisco to Yosemite In the Footsteps of John Muir

Peter Thomas and Donna Thomas

A Guide for hiking from San Francisco to Yosemite
With an account of the original 1868 trip by John Muir

This fascinating book really includes three books in this single volume. It's a guidebook for a walking/cycling route across California that follows John Muir's footsteps from San Francisco to Yosemite via the Pacheco Pass. It's an adventure book that tells the story of Peter and Donna Thomas' 2006 ramble across California to discover that route. And finally it is a history book, presenting in its entirety and for the first time, the complete story of John Muir's first trip to Yosemite. Muir took that trip in 1868, the year before Muir's "First Summer in the Sierra," and it has never been published before, existing in obscurity in Muir's various writings, until it was reconstructed by Peter and Donna in preparation for their walk to Yosemite in his footsteps.

The Thomases’ Muir Ramble Route covers 305 miles divided into seven sections. Each section contains both directions for through hiking and a recommended trip that can be completed over a long weekend. The Thomas' offer several options for various sections: day hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, even canoeing. They suggest lodging options where available, and camping options wherever they are available along the route. They discuss advantages of walking versus cycling, how to plan vehicle shuttles, public transportation where available, and clothes and equipment suggestions, maps too.

The Thomases have crafted a thoughtful and thought-provoking book that provides abundant information for the task at hand.

198 pages, 6" x 9", full color cover, 51 black & white photographs, 13 drawings, 10 maps, references, index, 2010. Published by Poetic Matrix Press.
ISBN 978-0-9824276-6-8. trade paper

$19.50

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“John Muir was one of the greatest walkers of modern times, and through walking he came to know nature's beauty and diversity. Here, collated conveniently for the first time, is his first encounter with a California still unspoiled by industrial farming, freeways and oil wells. It should make any reader's feet itch with excitement.”
Donald Worster, Hall Distinguished Professor of American History, University of Kansas

“Here for the first time and meticulously researched by Donna and Peter Thomas, is the story of Muir's personal journey from San Francisco through the foothills into Yosemite National Park, as well as the route undertaken by the celebrated Thomases who followed in Muir's footsteps. Enjoy your own path-filled wanderings on your way to Yosemite and bask in the glory of God's Wildness.”
Bonnie J. Gisel, author of Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy

“Peter and Donna lead us along that delicate edge between the landscape of our dreams and the possibilites of a world restored.”
Tom Killion, renowned California landscape printmaker



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