Explore the San Francisco Bay Area with books and maps from Bored Feet Press

San Francisco: Intellect and Passion

Ken Auster

California impressionist painter Ken Auster has created a stunningly fresh and vibrant collection of oil paintings of his favorite city, San Francisco, powerfully conveying the colorful vibrancy of that great city.


Sonoma-Marin Coast Map, Coastal California Series

Bluewater Maps

This map covers not only Sonoma and Marin Counties, but also the western half of Napa County and the southern portion of Lake County as well as about two-thirds of San Francisco, the north half of SF Bay and the urban East Bay from Oakland north.


Bay Area Trail Map: Carquinez Strait and Berkeley Hills

Redwood Hikes Press

The only comprehensive trail map of this parks- and trails-rich area in the Berkeley Hills and northern Contra Costa County


Trails of Mt. Tamalpais, Muir Woods and Marin Headlands

Ben Pease

The artistry of Gerald Olmstedís map and his quirky historical text are gently updated with new accurately-mapped trails and clearly delineated bike trails.


Wildflowers of the San Francisco Bay Area
A Guide to Common Native Species

Text & Photos by Steven Hartman

Covers 102 of the most frequently seen species. Arranged by color, each listing includes common and scientific name, size and description of flower, plant, leaf, and months of bloom.


Soleful Hiking
A Beginnerís Guide to Mindful Hiking

Paula Phillips Marks

Guide to hikes in the North (SF) Bay. Discusses how to be a mindful hiker and reviews clothing and footwear choices for beginning and casual hikers. Also discusses what to bring, hazards and pests, trail courtesy, safety, not getting lost, and what to look for as you hike.


Bay Area Trail Map: Mount Diablo

Redwood Hikes Press

This map covers Mount Diablo and the surrounding area. One side includes Mount Diablo State Park, Lime Ridge, Shell Ridge Open Space, Diablo Foothills , and Morgan Territory. The other side has separate maps, of Los Vaqueros, Black Diamond Mines, and Brushy Peak.


Bay Area Trail Map: Big Basin and Castle Rock, 3rd Edition

Redwood Hikes Press

Map covers Santa Cruz Mountains from outskirts of Saratoga/Los Gatos to Pacific coast around Pt. Ano Nuevo. Covers all six state parks and many regional parks and open space preserves. Includes the entire Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail.


The Sea Foragerís Guide to the Northern California Coast

Kirk Lombard; Illustrations by Leighton Kelly

Combining an amazing in-depth knowledge with a quirky wit, Kirk Lombard shares a weath of information about seaweed harvesting, clam digging, fishing, and more. He goes on to provide recipes to make the most of the sea's bounty.


The Bay Area Forager
Your Guide to Edible wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area

Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein

This book gives practical advice for gathering edible wild plants in the Bay Area and most of coastal Northern California. You will learn where to find each of the region's most readily available plants along with clear instructions for harvesting them responsibly.


Trails of Santa Cruz, 4th Edition

Ben Pease

This handsome and easy-to-read map includes beaches from Davenport to Aptos, plus expanded trails at Wilder Ranch, H. Cowell Redwoods, Forest of Nisene Marks, and UCSC.


Bay Area Trail Map: Mount Tamalpais

Redwood Hikes Press

This map covers all of Marin County except for Point Reyes and Novato. One side shows the Marin Headlands, Mount Tamalpais, and Muir Woods, with an inset of China Camp State Park; the other side shows the Marin Municipal Water Districtís Mount Tamalpais Watershed, Pine Mountain, San Geronimo Valley, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and Lucas Valley.


Great Day Hikes in and around Napa Valley
Third Edition

Ken Stanton

Ken Stanton has fully expanded and updated his popular guide to trails around Napa Valley. His captivating,detailed trail reports, featuring many little known hikes, include entertaining tales of Napa's colorful past.


Wonders of the Sea (Volume One) North Central California
Point Arena in Mendocino County to Pigeon Point in San Mateo County

Marc Shargel

An elegant book which takes its readers on a visual voyage beneath California's coastal ocean. Takes you beneath the surface from Mendocino County, to San Mateo County, and out to the Farallons.


The Walker’s Map of San Francisco, 3rd Ed.

Ben Pease

This map is the perfect companion for San Francisco residents and visitors who want to move beyond the expected destinations, and explore hidden treasures, from Chinatown alleys to quiet neighborhoods and busy shopping streets.


Gold Fever, Part Two
San Francisco 1851-1852

Ken Salter

The continuing adventures of Pierre and Manon Dubois, a French couple who travelled to San Francisco and Northern California in 1851, arriving when The City was at its most chaotic and treacherous state of development.


Sonoma County Outdoor Recreation Map

Tom Harrison

Handy map shows all area state parks, Lake Sonoma Recreation Area (BLM), and all Sonoma County Regional Parks. Also shows preserves and other conservation lands.


Bay Area Trail Map: Oakland Hills and Pleasanton Ridge

Redwood Hikes Press

Map covers the central section of the East Bay hills and is currently the only comprehensive trail map of this region. Includes Redwood Regional Park, Anthony Chabot RP, Lake Chabot RP, Las Trampas, the EBMUD watershed, and more.


Big Basin Redwoods State Park Annotated Trail Map

Redwood Hikes Press

Big Basin is the Bay Area's largest and most scenic redwood park, with large areas of old-growth forest.


San Francisco Bay Map, Coastal California Series

Bluewater Maps

This spectacular map covers the coastline from Marin County, to San Mateo County. It includes all of San Francisco city and County and Alameda County plus portions of Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties.


California Road Trip
A Climber's Guide Northern California

Tom Slater and Chris Summit

This hefty road reference for climbers is an ideal guidebook for any climber traveling in Northern California. Coverage ranges from Lone Pine in the southern Sierra to Big Sur in the SW to Lassen National Park in the NE to Redwood National Park in the NW.


Muir Ramble Route
Walking from San Francisco to Yosemite In the Footsteps of John Muir

Peter Thomas and Donna Thomas

This book includes three books in one. It's a guidebook for a walking/cycling route across California. It's an adventure book that tells of the authors' ramble across California to discover that route. And finally it is a history book, presenting the story of John Muir's first trip to Yosemite.


San Francisco & San Mateo County Street Map Book, 2nd Ed

GM Johnson Maps

A detailed atlas of streets of San Francisco and the suburban cities and towns in San Mateo County to the south.


Bay Area Trail Map: Point Reyes

Redwood Hikes Press

This detailed trail map of Point Reyes is drawn at a significantly larger scale than other printed trail maps of the area. One side shows the southern half of the park from Bolinas to Inverness; the other side shows the northern half from the Laguna Trailhead to Tomales Point.


Henry Cowell, Wilder Ranch, and Nisene Marks Map

Redwood Hikes Press

This map covers the trails of the Santa Cruz area. One side includes Henry Cowell Redwoods, Wilder Ranch, Pogonip, and UCSC. The other side has the Forest of Nisene Marks and Soquel SF.


San Jose & Santa Clara County Cities Street Map Book, 3rd Ed.

GM Johnson Maps

Detailed atlas of South Bay cities and streets.


Portola Redwoods and Pescadero Creek

Redwood Hikes Press

This is the only trail map that shows the interconnected trail systems of Portola and Pescadero parks on a single sheet.


Northern California Coast and Southern Oregon Road Map

Global Graphics

One side covers From San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento north to Garberville, other side continues north to Port Orford, Oregon and Grants Pass area. Descriptive text covers 49 highlights, with 15 color photos.


Oakland/Berkeley/Alameda Map

GM Johnson Maps

Covers 3 title towns, plus Richmond, Albany, El Cerrito, Emeryville, more.


Sonoma County/Santa Rosa/Petaluma/Rohnert Park Map

GM Johnson Maps

Covers entire county plus all these cities and towns: Santa Rosa. Petaluma, Sebastopol, more.


Marin County/San Rafael/Novato Map

GM Johnson Maps

Covers entirety of Marin County plus many cities and towns


Monterey, Carmel, Salinas City Street Map

GM Johnson Maps

Detailed road map includes 15 maps in all. Two maps cover most of vast Monterey County. Detail maps cover Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Salinas. Smaller detail maps cover Carmel Valley, Point Lobos and Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley Village, Castroville, Soledad, Gonzales, Greenfield, Aromas-Castroville-Prunedale, and Las Palmas-Spreckels.


San Francisco & Northern Peninsula Cities Map

GM Johnson Maps

Covers all of San Francisco plus adjacent towns to the south.


Mount St. Helena and R.L. Stevenson State Park
A History and Guide

Ken Stanton

It covers everything about Mt. St. Helena, from its explosive geologic origins to its rich history, both natural and human. Includes updated, in depth info about today's popular hiking, biking and climbing destinations.


Napa Valley Picnic
A California Wine Country Travel Companion

Jack Burton and Ken Stanton

This insider’s guide to the famous, much visited center of the California Wine Country highlights the best that Napa Valley has to offer.


Geologic Trips
San Francisco and the Bay Area

Ted Konigsmark

Written for the non-geologist, this user-friendly book leads readers on fascinating field trips to Bay Area landmarks.


Point Reyes Visions Guidebook
Where to Go, What to Do in Point Reyes National Seashore & West Marin

Kathleen Goodwin & Richard Blair

This concise little guidebook distills years of local knowledge about the remarkable 53,000-acre Point Reyes National Seashore and nearby nature attractions and recreational choices in West Marin County.


Bay Area Trail Map: Skyline Ridge

Redwood Hikes Press

This map covers in detail the many regional parks in the hills above Woodside, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Los Altos, and Cupertino. Besides full coverage of hiking trails, nearly all local roads are shown so that hikers can find their way to all available trailheads.


Trails of the Coastside and Northern Peninsula

Ben Pease

This easy-to-read map covers trails from south San Francisco to south Half Moon Bay. It more than doubles the coverage of Pease's Pacific Map which it will eventually replace (both are available now).

The attractive, well-designed map shows where hiking, biking, horses and dogs are allowed, and describes public transit options. Includes seven state beaches, San Bruno Mountain, B. H. Murray Ranch State Park, many county and city parks, parts of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and more.


The Balloon Boy of San Francisco

Dorothy Kupcha Leland

Based on a true story and extensive research by the author, this book paints a colorful, evocative and accurate picture of daily life in San Francisco five years after the discovery of gold.


Trails of Northeast Marin County, 2nd ed.

Ben Pease

This handsome, easy-to-read map shows trails for hiking,bicycling and equestrians in China Camp State Park, Olompali State Park, 17 Marin Open Space Preserves, four county parks, the Big Rock Ridge Area of Marin Open Space District, and more. Text describes trails, parks, areas open to dogs, and public transit available.


Novato-North Marin Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Detailed map includes Olompali State Park, Stafford Lake County Park, Petaluma Marsh, and the following Open Space Preserves: Mount Burdell, Rush Creek, Deer Island, Indian Tree, Little Mountain, Verissimo Hills, and more.


California Delta Map

Franko’s Maps

Complete map and guide of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers for boaters, fisherpeople, and everyone who loves the Delta.


Big Rock Ridge-Indian Valley Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Together these three maps (this, San Rafael-Central Marin and Novato-North Marin) complete Harrison's coverage of Marin County. This north central Marin map covers the popular Big Rock Trail, McInnis County Park, and the following Open Space Preserve lands: Marinwood, Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide,Lucas Valley, Ignacio Valley, Loma Alta, Loma Verde, Pacheco Valle, Indian Valley, San PedroMountain, and more.


San Rafael-Central Marin Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Marin's most populous quadrant still has ample public spaces to explore, as this map shows. Includes China Camp State Park, Barbier Memorial Park, McNears Beach County Park, Corte Madera Marsh, and the following Open Space Preserves: Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow, San Rafael, Sun Valley, Baltimore Canyon, Blithedale Summit, King Mountain, and more.


South Marin Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Covers public lands of south Marin County southeast of the Mt. Tam Map.


Trail Map of Pacifica

Ben Pease

This handsome, easy-to-read map shows trails for hiking, bicycling and equestrians in the splendid coastal area immediately south of San Francisco. Includes Sweeney Ridge and Milagra Ridge areas of Golden Gate NRA, Montara Mountain, McNee Ranch State Park, five state beaches, county and city parks and more. Back of map describes parks, areas open to dogs, and public transit available.


Point Reyes National Seashore Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Cover the entire National Seashore plus Tomales Bay State Park, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Bolinas Ridge, Audubon Canyon Ranch, and Bolinas.


Visual Guide to Native and Naturalized Coastal County Plants from Santa Cruz to Mendocino

George Pikkarainen

This innovative guide, created for beginners and people unfamiliar with taxonomic language, uses thousands of small color photos and 52 icons along with brief text to clearly organize more than 520 species of plants.


San Francisco Keepsake Wallet

Photography by Robert Holmes and Joanne Bolton

This little keepsake book has 67 full-color images of the sights visitors want of the City by the Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, North Beach, Chinatown, cable cars, crooked Lombard Street.


Mt. Tam Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Covers public lands of south Marin County: Muir Woods National Monument, Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area...


Pine Mountain Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Covers the area between the Mt. Tam and Pt. Reyes in Marin County.


Angel Island & Alcatraz Island Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Covers these large and small islands in the heart of San Francisco Bay.




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