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Afoot And Afield In San Diego County’ Co-Author Hiked Over 3,000 Miles To Update Book

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The cover of the fifth edition of "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County."

Many think of it as the definitive book about hiking in San Diego County. "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" was last updated by its original author, the late Jerry Schad back in 2007.

As well-remembered as the book and the author are by San Diego hiking enthusiasts — a lot has changed in San Diego County in the last 10 years. Now an updated "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" is in print. Scott Turner, who is the co-author on the fifth edition, hiked every hike in the book, which was over 200, to update each one.

"A lot of it was things that had changed in the natural environment. We had several major fires since the 2007 edition, so the habitats had started to change somewhat. There's been some invasive pests that changed some of the habitats — the goldspotted oak borer and more recently shot (hole) borer beetle," Turner said.

He also added 50 new hikes to the book.

One of the new hikes that Turner added to the fifth edition is a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. The destination is a rock that is in the shape of an eagle.

"So the destination is this wonderful novelty and a lot of people like to go and have their picture taken in front of it, but the actual route to get there goes through this beautiful pasture area with rolling grasslands and you have these amazing views of the surrounding mountains," Turner said.

The fifth edition of the book was published in March.

On his favorite hike:

"I love the Palomar Mountains. I love the entire range but specifically I love Palomar Mountain State Park. It's unique in that it has the sort of habitat that you'd expect to encounter at the Sierra Nevada Mountains, so there's beautiful conifers, meadows, ponds and creeks ... I'm also a huge fan of Anza-Borrego Desert. That was a bit intimidating for me at first because it's so vast and there really are no trails there but once I got past that there's an incredible amount of stuff hidden out there."

On hikes for the beginner:

"Close to the city, I would recommend Oak Canyon in Mission Trails Regional Park. Part of the reason for that is it's short and easy. There's interesting history with the Mission Dam, which is a structure that's over 200 years old. And then if you go during the right time, which would be the winter and spring, there's a series of waterfalls back there and everyone loves a waterfall. And then the second recommendation would be the Doane Valley Nature Trail in Palomar Mountain State Park. And with Palomar you get the beautiful trees, but this one I'd say inch for inch is probably my favorite footpath in the entire county because every step of the way is absolutely gorgeous."

Turner joined Midday Edition on Monday to talk about the process of updating the book and how he honored Schad in the updated book.

Scott Turner will speak about the book at a series of events at libraries across the county over the next month:

Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library, 13330 Salmon River Rd., San Diego

Friday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Dr., San Diego

Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Branch Library, 4801 Santa Monica Ave., San Diego

Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Poway Branch Library, 13137 Poway Rd., Poway

'Afoot And Afield In San Diego County' Co-Author Hiked Over 3,000 Miles To Update Book


Scott Turner, co-author, fifth edition of "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County"



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