New books invite readers to explore

I was recently looking for some new hiking trails to explore in Northern Nevada and was disappointed to discover that there were not many guidebooks available offering a variety of hiking options.

Most so-called Northern Nevada guidebooks focus primarily on Tahoe trails, which, unfortunately, are only accessible for about half of each year. And, the few books that I found that included Reno-area trails pretty much all offered the same trails. I was looking to explore new trails. Fortunately, I found some new trails through the Web site and then a slew of new guidebooks started to appear at my office. I hit the jackpot.

As I started to read through this new collection of books, I became more excited as I discovered that each is a gem in itself.

“Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: California”
Tahoe’s own Jeremy Benson spent several years exploring the best back-country routes in California’s vast ranges and recently released his new guidebook. The guide features 97 of his favorite picks from Bishop to the Tahoe Sierra to Shasta.

The guide is intended for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders who are familiar with back-country skiing and riding and practice avalanche safety. Benson also released “Mountain Bike: Tahoe” this summer; see below.

Alpenglow Sports hosts a talk and slideshow by Benson on Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Beer donations will benefit the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance.

Tahoe Mountain Sports hosts a slideshow by Benson on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. There will be a raffle to benefit the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance. |

“Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada”
Reno’s Mike White has hit the trifecta of guidebooks this season with books for every trail enthusiastic from easy strolls to explore with the kids, to day hikes for all levels to backpacking trips to dive into the wilds of California and Nevada.

“Best Backpacking” is an essential guide from the bones of planning a trip, to getting the trailhead to recommendations on eateries and resupply locations. And, White adds a personal essay for each trek that offers a glimpse into the soul of a lifetime hiking addict. |

“50 Classic Hikes in Nevada”

I’m always looking for Tahoe and Northern Nevada guidebooks for my ever-expanding reference library of trails, and “50 Classic Hikes” offers a great resource for exploring the Silver State.

From the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert to the soaring peaks of the Ruby Mountains, Mike White offers great adventures for all ages, along with in-depth trail details, local and natural history and more. I’m glad to see more Nevada hiking books hitting the shelves; there’s a lack of resources for Northern Nevada hiking and White is filling the void one book at a time. I look forward to exploring more Nevada trails on my sojourns. |

“50 of the Best Strolls, Walks, and Hikes around Reno”
Mike White does it again with this all-age, all-levels, easy-to-access trail book from paved walking trails to hikes into the Mount Rose Wilderness. Each hike also includes information on local and natural history.

I particularly enjoy the way the book is broken down into regions from the Truckee River Corridor to the Valleys to Foothills and Mountains, making it easy to find trails depending on the season and weather conditions. This will be a great resource for winter hiking when I need to see dirt for a few hours. I’ll be making great use of this book for years to come.

Meet White at upcoming book signings on Nov. 9 at Action Camera in Reno at 7 p.m. and on Jan. 6, 2018, at the Sparks Museum at 2 p.m. |

“Markleeville Ghost Tales”
With a pioneer history dating back to the 1860s, it’s no surprise that ghost tales abound in tiny Markleeville. Locals have been telling and re-telling these ghost stories for years. Now, 13 of the best spine-tingling tales have been gathered in this book by Karen Dustman in time for Halloween.

From strange stories of the unexplained to spooky apparitions, Dustman shares more than a dozen hair-raising tales of the supernatural all in and around Markleeville. Dustman will be at the Alpine County Chamber office to sign her new book on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.|

“Mountain Bike: Tahoe”
Truckee resident Jeremy Benson recently released “Mountain Bike: Tahoe. 50 Select Singletrack Routes.” The book is the first of a new mountain bike guidebook series from Mountaineers Books.

The book features the best sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail, top trail networks, the Flume Trail, Corral Trail and more, all with turn-by-turn route descriptions, trailhead directions and topo maps. Featured trails range from lightning fast downhills to cross-country classics to back-country adventures.|

“The Old Genoa Cemetery: A Walking Tour”
This self-guided walking tour of the Genoa Cemetery features some of Carson Valley’s earliest settlers from local imprint Clairitage Press. Discover the fascinating true tales of William Cradlebaugh of Cradlebaugh Bridge; “Fiddler” Taylor who fiddled for early dances as far away as Silver Mountain; and tenacious Mamie Brown, a desperate young widow forced to place her own children in an orphanage.

From scions of prominent ranching families to early owners of the famous C.O.D. Garage, here are the true stories of people who shaped Carson Valley’s history. Lavishly illustrated with current and period photos. |

“100 Things to Do in Reno Before You Die”
From foodie adventures, to arts and cultural outings, this guidebook from Mikalee Byerman takes a different look into The Biggest Little City. There’s something to explore for everyone and every age level. A few I’ve added to my personal list include Reno Food Tours (who knew) and wild horse tours. |

“Tree Lines”
This starkly beautiful creation is a moving tribute to the power of the trees of the American West that will speak to all lovers of nature and the mountains.

“Tree Lines” features 28 India ink drawings by Valerie P. Cohn. The artwork is powerful, soulful and moving from the gnarled branches of ancient bristlecones to the intricacies of tree rings, each made more inviting accompanied by the narrative work of Michael P. Cohen. This book has already become a treasured part of my personal collection. |