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The following is a partial list of books about the Sierra Nevada of California, USA. Please see Sierra Nevada for more information.


General travel

  • Yosemite & The Southern Sierra Nevada: A Complete Guide, Including Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Death Valley & Mammoth Lakes (Great Destinations), by David T. Page, ISBN 978-1581570779, 2008.

Hiking and climbing

  • John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America's Most Famous Trail, 4th edition, by Elizabeth Wenk with Kathy Morey, ISBN 978-0-89997-436-1, 2007.
  • Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada by Kathy Morey and Mike White, with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell, and Thomas Winnett, Wilderness Press, ISBN 978-0-89997-414-9, 2006.
  • Sierra North: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada by Kathy Morey and Mike White, with Stacy Corless and Thomas Winnett, Wilderness Press, 9th edition, ISBN 978-0-89997-396-8, 2005.
  • Feather River Country Adventure Trails..., by Tom Demund, ISBN 0-9679740-2-X, 2004.
  • Starr’s Guide to the John Muir Trail and the High Sierra Region 12th rev. ed., by Walter A. Starr, Jr. ISBN 0-87156-172-7. 2002
  • The Good, the Great, and the Awesome: The Top 40 High Sierra Rock Climbs, by Peter Croft, ISBN 0-9676116-4-4, 2002.
  • Hiking in the Sierra Nevada, by John Mock and Kimberley O'Neil, ISBN 1-74059-272-7, 2002. (A Lonely Planet guidebook).
  • Yuba trails 2: A selection of historic hiking trails in the Yuba River and neighboring watersheds, by Hank Meals, ASIN B0006RSO5U, 2001.
  • The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails by R.J. Secor, ISBN 0-89886-625-1, 1999.
  • The Tahoe Sierra: A Natural History Guide to 112 Hikes in the Northern Sierra by Jeffrey Schaffer, Wilderness Press, ISBN 0-89997-220-9, 1998
  • Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country, by Steve Roper, ISBN 0-89886-506-9, 1997.
  • Sierra Classics : 100 Best Climbs in the High Sierra, by John Moynier and Claude Fiddler, ISBN 0-934641-60-9, 1993.
  • The Tahoe-Yosemite Trail: A Comprehensive Guide..., by Thomas Winnett, Wilderness Press, ISBN 0-89997-084-2, 1987
  • Yosemite Climbs. by George Meyers and Don Reid, ISBN 0-934641-05-6, 1987.


  • Backcountry Skiing California's High Sierra, by John Moynier, ISBN 1-56044-913-6, 1999.
  • Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada: East of the Sierra, by Marcus Libkind, ISBN 0-931255-03-1, 1986.
  • Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada: Lake Tahoe, by Marcus Libkind, ISBN 0-931255-00-7, 1985.
  • Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada: Yosemite, Huntington and Shaver Lakes, Kings Canyon and Sequoia, by Marcus Libkind, ISBN 0-931255-02-3, 1985.


  • California Creeks, by Bill Tuthill, 2005.
  • The Best Whitewater in California, by Lars Holbek and Chuck Stanley, ISBN 0-9665289-0-5, 1998.
  • California Whitewater: A Guide to the Rivers, by Jim Cassady and Fryar Calhoun, ISBN 0-9613650-2-1, 1995.

Natural history



  • Sierra Nature NotesThe Yosemite Association, 2006.
  • Sierra Nevada Natural History by Tracy Storer, Robert Usinger, David Lukas ISBN 0-520-24096-0, 2004
  • Wild Northen California by Ron Adkinson, ISBN 1-56044-781-8, 2001
  • Sierra East: Edge of the Great Basin by Genny Smith, Diana Tomback, Ann Howald, ISBN 0-520-23914-8, 2000
  • Sierra Nevada: The Naturalist's Companion, by Verna Johnston, ISBN 0-520-22488-4, 2000
  • Yosemite National Park: A Natural History Guide to Yosemite and its Trails by Jeffrey Schaffer, ISBN 0-89997-244-6, 2000
  • Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project, California Resources Agency, 1996.
  • A Natural History of California, Allan A. Schoenherr, ISBN 0-520-06922-6, 1995
  • Deepest Valley: Guide to Owens Valley, its Roadsides and Mountain Trails by Jeff Putnam, Greg James, Mary DeDecker, Jo Heindel, Genny Smith, ISBN 0-931378-14-1, 1995
  • California Forests and Woodlands: A Natural History, by Verna R Johnston, ISBN 0-520-08324-5, 1994.
  • Mammoth Lakes Sierra: A Handbook for Roadside and Trail by Dean Rinehart, Elden Vestal, Bettie E. Willard, ISBN 0-931378-13-3, 1993
  • California's Eastern Sierra: A Visitor's Guide, Sue Irwin, ISBN 0-9628505-0-0, 1992
  • Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide: The Sierra Nevada, by Stephen Whitney, ISBN 0-87156-215-4, 1982.
  • The Yosemite by John Muir, ISBN 0-87156-782-2, 1912.
  • The Mountains of California, by John Muir, 1894


  • Introduction to California Plant Life, Revised Edition, by Robert Ornduff, Phyllis Faber, Todd Keeler-Wolf, ISBN 0-520-23704-8, 2003.
  • Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests: A Photographic Interpretation of Ecological Change Since 1849, by George E. Gruell, ISBN 0-87842-446-6, 2001.
  • Conifers of California, by Ronald M Lanner, ISBN 0-9628505-3-5, 1999.
  • California Forests and Woodlands: A Natural History, by Verna R. Johnston, Carla J. Simmons (Illustrator), ISBN 0-520-20248-1, 1996.
  • A Sierra Nevada Flora, by Norman L Weeden and Amy David, ISBN 0899972047, 1996.
  • Manual of California Vegetation, by Todd Keeler-Wolf and John Sawyer, ISBN 0-943460-26-3, 1995.
  • The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California by James C Hickman, ISBN 0-520-08255-9, 1993.
  • Oaks of California, by Bruce M. Pavlik, Sharon Johnson, Pamela Muick, Marjorie Popper, ISBN 0-9628505-1-9, 1990.
  • Lingering in Tahoe's Wild Gardens: A Guide to Hundreds of the Most Beautiful Wildflower Gardens of the Tahoe Region, by Julie Carville, ISBN 0-9622378-6-8, 1989.
  • Illustrated Manual of California Shrubs, by Howard E McMinn, ISBN 0-520-00847-2, 1980.
  • Native Trees of the Sierra Nevada, by P. VIctor Peterson, ISBN 0-520-02736-1, 1975.
  • Grasses in California, by Beecher Crampton, ISBN 0-520-02507-5, 1974.
  • Native Shrubs of the Sierra Nevada, by John H Thomas, ISBN 0-520-02738-8, 1974.
  • Discovering Sierra Trees, by Steven Arno, ISBN 0-939666-04-9, 1973.


  • Mammals of California (California Natural History Guides), by E. W. Jameson. Jr and Hans J. Peeters, ISBN 0-520-23582-7, University of California Press, 2004
  • Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, by John Muir Laws, ISBN 1-890771-78-3, Heyday Books, 2004.
  • Birds of Yosemite and the East Slope, by David Gaines, ASIN B0006P3Q46, Artemisia Press, 1992.
  • Discovering Sierra Reptiles and Amphibians (Discovering Sierra Series), by Harold Basey, ISBN 0-939666-03-0, Yosemite Association, 1991.
  • Discovering Sierra Birds, by Ted Beedy, ISBN 0-939666-42-1, Yosemite Association, 1985.
  • Birds of Yosemite National Park, by Cyril A. Stebbins and Robert C. Stebbins, 1963.
  • Mammals of Yosemite, by Harry Parker, 1952.
  • Reptiles and Amphibians of Yosemite National Park, by M. V. Walker, 1946.
  • Animal Life in the Yosemite, by Joseph Grinnell and Tracy Storer. 1924. Classic work on the fauna of a cross section of the Sierra Nevada, available as an online book.


  • Geology of the Sierra Nevada, revised edition, by Mary Hill, ISBN 0-520-23696-3, 2005. (Natural history guide for a general audience.)
  • California Geology, by Deborah Harden, ISBN 0-13-100218-X, 2003. (A lower division textbook for non-geology majors, with sufficient introductory material for a general audience.)
  • Geology Underfoot in Southern California, by Robert P. Sharp, Allen F. Glazner, ISBN 0-87842-289-7, 2003. (Roadguide with explanations of the geology written for a general audience.)
  • Glaciers of California: Modern Glaciers, Ice Age Glaciers, the Origin of Yosemite Valley, and a Glacier Tour in the Sierra Nevada by Bill Guyton, ISBN 0-520-22683-6, 2001. (A general introduction to glaciers and the California glaciers.)
  • Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California by David Alt, Donald Hyndman, ISBN 0-87842-409-1, 2000. (Roadguide with explanations of the geology written for a general audience.)
  • California Rivers and Streams, by Jeffrey R. Mount, ISBN 0-520-20250-3, 1995. (Natural history/geology, not a river running guide.)
  • Assembling California, by John A. McPhee, ISBN 0-374-52393-2, 1994. (Part of the Pulitzer Prize winning series about geology across America, Annals of the Former World, 1999.)
  • The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park by Dr. N. King Huber 1987. (Authoritative book on Yosemite geology written by a USGS geologist.)
  • Earthquakes and Young Volcanoes along the Eastern Sierra Nevada: At Mammoth Lakes 1980, Lone Pine 1872, and Inyo and Mono Craters ISBN 0-931378-02-8, 1982.


  • Crow's Range: An Environmental History Of The Sierra Nevada, by David Beesley, ISBN 0-87417-562-3, 2004.
  • The Mule Men: A History of Stock Packing in the Sierra Nevada by Louise Jackson, ISBN 0-87842-499-7, 2004.
  • Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture, and Conflict in the Changing West, by Timothy P. Duane, ISBN 0-520-22676-3, 2000.
  • Camp 4: Recollections of a Yosemite Rockclimber, by Steve Roper, ISBN 0-89886-587-5, 1998.
  • Old Mammoth: A First Hand Account by Adele Reed, ISBN 0-931378-04-4, 1994
  • Mammoth Gold: The Ghost Towns of Lake District by Gary Caldwell ISBN 0-931378-12-5, 1990
  • Solomons of the Sierra: The Pioneer of the John Muir Trail, by Shirley Sargent and Peter Browning, ISBN 1-878345-21-4, 1990.
  • Lost Cement Mine by James W.A. Wright ISBN 0-931378-09-5, 1984
  • Owens Valley Groundwater Conflict by Genny Smith ISBN 0-931378-03-6, 1978
  • History of the Sierra Nevada by Francis Farquhar ISBN 0-520-01551-7, 1965

Place names

  • Place Names of the Sierra Nevada: From Abbot to Zumwalt, by Peter Browning, ISBN 0-89997-119-9, 1991.
  • Place Names of the High Sierra, by Francis P. Farquhar, 1926.



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