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Guide to Tuolumne Meadows Trails (1960) by Allan Shields


FOREWORD

by
Carl W. Sharsmith
Ranger-Naturalist

The visitor in Tuolumne Meadows who is unfamiliar with the region and who at the same time wants to explore for himself some of its beautiful and expansive reaches has, at the outset, numerous questions in mind. He (or she!) is rightfully aware that a wealth of interest and scenic charm lies hidden in the landscape but, he asks, “Which direction shall I go?” “How far is it?” “How long will it take?” “Is it steep?” “What if I don’t know much about hiking?” These and numerous other questions this booklet tries to answer. It has been written by one who is thoroughly familiar not only with the terrain but also with the needs of those eager for first-hand acquaintance with it. The choice of hikes it recommends is excellent and the graded series a happy thought.

As its author indicates within its pages this program of self-guided hikes is intended as a supplement to the hikes regularly scheduled and guided by the ranger-naturalists. For those unacquainted with the area, obviously it cannot with advantage be a substitute for these. Nothing, not even the best of printed instructions and information, can replace a living mentor, on the spot, who knows what he sees, knows what perhaps you fail to see, and who is able to inform you about them in a way that will interest you keenly. The great popularity of the naturalist conducted hikes over the years is good evidence of this. Intersperse your activities with some of these, and your own hikes will be enriched.

Depending upon your length of stay all the hikes described in this selfquided program might easily be accomplished by you in a single season. Even should you do so you will realize you have but just begun your explorations. You, however, will have provided yourself with a sound background of practical experience and of knowledge. So begin! The sparkling beauty of Tuolumne’s meadows, forests, streams, lakes and mountains beckons you to come, see and enjoy.



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