Wells aims to make his books easy to use. They include hundreds of photographs of actual trail conditions, not just "beauty shots." His unique "zoom-in" map technique makes it easy to locate a trail. Every trail has a custom map filled with details important to the backroad traveler. Wells’ clear narrative style makes you think he’s sitting in the seat next to you.
Guide to Northern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails includes 75 trails: 25 easy, 25 moderate and 25 difficult. Easy and moderate trails are suitable for most stock 4-wheel drive, high-clearance SUVs. Owners will need skid plates for the tougher moderate trails. Difficult trails are intended for serious 4-wheelers with modified vehicles.
While most trails are located in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, Wells shows readers many other fascinating areas. He includes several outstanding coastal routes, a great beach experience, a trip through redwood forests and a loop tour of Mt. Shasta. He also describes a little-used backcountry route to Bodie Ghost Town, a fantastic trip through Alabama Hills to Mt. Whitney and an unusual composite route through northern Death Valley National Park.
Hardcore enthusiasts will find the famous Rubicon Trail, the Dusy/Ershim and Fordyce Creek Trails. They’ll also discover lesser-known but truly outstanding hardcore routes like Barrett Lake, Swamp Lake, Hell Hole, Snake Lake, Coyote Lake, Niagara Rim, Pichacho Peak and Hollister Hills. ATV and dirt bike routes also are identified.
Wells emphasizes safety and courtesy and stresses low-impact use of fragile backcountry. He explains driving techniques, rules of the road, driving etiquette and safety precautions. Topics for each trail include difficulty, vehicle requirements, trail features, time and distance, getting to the trail, a detailed trail description, return trip instructions, services, historical highlights and other helpful maps available. The book includes a full index and long list of helpful contact information. GPS basics are discussed, and waypoints are provided for all trails.
The handy 6"X9", 286-page book features 85 maps and over 400 photographs. It retails for $19.95 and will be available in California bookstores (including Barnes & Noble), map stores and 4-wheel drive shops. Or, order toll free from FunTreks Publishing at 877-222-7623. Books can also be ordered at www.funtreks.com.