Kristina’s Bookshelf

On the Road through the Sierra Nevada

Touring the Sierra Nevada
by Cheryl Angelina Koehler
(University of Nevada Press, 2007)

It’s been out for a decade, but it’s still my favorite guidebook to the Sierra Nevada, that iconic mountain range rising to the east of San Francisco. By Cheryl Angelina Koehler, editor/publisher of Edible East Bay, this book introduces readers and travelers to the entire Sierra Nevada, longest continuous mountain range in the United States and one of the most scenic, biologically diverse, and historically rich ranges in North America. Most of us know the well-traveled nodes like Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Bishop, and Yosemite, which are indeed lovely places worth a visit. But in between, along the way, and often overlooked are picturesque mining towns, scenic alpine lakes, lush vineyards, and notable landmarks, many of which are rich in significant California history or striking natural features. If you’re traveling through the region, the book, illustrated with photographs and maps, is a perfect place to start for an introduction to each area you plan to visit. In addition to detailed descriptions, interesting facts and anecdotes, and historical detail, you’ll find practical advice about contacting parks, museums, historical sites, visitors’ bureaus, U.S. Forest Service offices, and other agencies; finding lodging, campgrounds, and restaurants along the way; preparing for weather and altitude changes; and identifying further sources of information about the region in published guides, other books, and websites. A very engaging read and an indispensable reference for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the Sierra Nevada.

Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations
with our readers.