Until you’ve consumed all of the best John Muir books, can you even claim to be a true fan?
- Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir’s Best Writings (California Legacy Book) (2006)
- Meditations of John Muir: Nature’s Temple (2001)
- My First Summer in the Sierra: with Illustrations (2013)
- A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir (2011)
- Wilderness Essays (2018)
- The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures (2013)
- John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Essays (2018)
- John Muir Trail: The Guide to Hiking America’s Most Famous Trail (2014)
- A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf (2018)
- The Yosemite (2017)
- The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada (California Academy of Sciences) (2007)
Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir’s Best Writings (California Legacy Book) (2006)
Preservationist. Inventor. Lobbyist. John Muir was many things at once, and he is California’s best-known icon—so much so that his image was chosen to appear on the new state quarter. But the best way to know the man who founded the Sierra Club and helped create Yosemite National Park is to read his own words. Essential Muir is the second volume in the California Legacy Essentials Collection.
Meditations of John Muir: Nature’s Temple (2001)
Editor Chris Highland pairs 60 insightful Muir quotes with selections from other celebrated thinkers and spiritual texts. Take this pocket-size guide with you on backpacks, nature hikes, and camping trips.
My First Summer in the Sierra: with Illustrations (2013)
In My First Summer in the Sierra John Muir recounts his early travels in the Sierra while working as a shepherd. In the summer of 1869, Muir set out from California’s Central Valley with a flock of 2,050 sheep and made his way to the headwaters of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers.
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir (2011)
“I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer,” John Muir wrote. “Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.
Wilderness Essays (2018)
2018 Reprint of Ten Essays originally written by Muir and published in various periodicals and newspapers. This selection reprints ten classic essays by Nature writer and activist John Muir. Part of John Muir's appeal to modern readers is that he not only explored the American West and wrote about its beauties but also fought for their preservation.
The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures (2013)
Here is an entertaining collection of John Muir’s most exciting adventures, representing some of his finest writing. From the famous avalanche ride off the rim of Yosemite Valley to his night spent weathering a windstorm at the top of a tree to death-defying falls on Alaskan glaciers, the renowned outdoorsman’s exploits are related in passages that are by turns exhilarating, unnerving, dizzying, and outrageous.
John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Essays (2018)
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir Four of John Muir’s best pieces: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Mountains of California, Stickeen.
John Muir Trail: The Guide to Hiking America’s Most Famous Trail (2014)
Elizabeth Wenk’s authoritative guide describes the 212-mile John Muir Trail, running from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney. John Muir Trail provides all the necessary planning information, including up-to-date details on wilderness and permit regulations, food resupplies, trailhead amenities, and travel from nearby cities.
A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf (2018)
John Muir, one of America’s great environmentalists, has inspired nature lovers for generations with his writings. A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf is the adventure that started it all.Walk with John from Indiana through Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. A story that is sure to inspire your own adventures and love for nature and the off beaten path.
The Yosemite (2017)
2017 Reprint of 1962 Edition. This edition reprints the original text from 1912 along with notes and a new introduction by Frederic Gunsky first published in 1962. New maps and photos from the 1962 edition are also reprinted. This is a descriptive guide to the Yosemite, written by Muir. He provides directions for walks and hikes, sketches of Yosemite as it was in 1912, including description of birds, flowers and trees. He also describes canyons, falls the numb…
The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada (California Academy of Sciences) (2007)
In this groundbreaking and meticulously field-tested guide, the rich variety of Sierra life—trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects—comes alive.Easy-to-use features include: Impressively detailed and comprehensive, the guide includes:
Best John Muir Books Everyone Should Read
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A Road Running Southward: Following John Muir's Journey through an Endangered Land
Author(s): Dan Chapman
ID: 3362241, Publisher: Island Press, Year: 2022, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf
John Muir Trail Data Book
Author(s): Elizabeth Wenk
ID: 3383274, Publisher: Wilderness Press, Year: 2022, Size: 32 Mb, Format: epub
A Road Running Southward: Following John Muir's Journey Through an Endangered Land
Author(s): Dan Chapman
ID: 3384227, Publisher: Island Press, Year: 2022, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
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