Explore southern California with books and maps from Bored Feet Press

Field Guide to Manzanitas
California, North America, and Mexico

Michael Kauffmann, Tom Parker and Michael Vasey; Photographs by Jeff Bisbee

This ground-breaking field guide covers the species and subspecies of Arctostaphylos native to western North America. The book features color photos, accurate, detailed range maps, and descriptions of each species.


Sierra Nevada Topographic Map

Imus Geographics

This beautiful and detailed, full-color map covers the Sierra Nevada Range from Lassen National Park in the north to Tehachapi Pass in the south.


California’s Wild Edge
The Coast In Poetry, Prints, and History

by Tom Killion with Gary Snyder

Captures the beauty of the California coast in Killion’s evocative woodcut prints and vibrant, reflective text. Further illuminated by Snyder’s poetry and other selections.


Take Me to the Tide Pools
An Interactive Guide for Learning about Tide Pool Animals

Text and Photography by David Casterson
Illustrations by Anoosh Moutafian

This book truly appeals to all West Coast tide pool and aquarium visitors. With excellent color photos, space for notes, and b&w photos designed to be colored in, this interactive book makes learning fun.


Hiking the California Coastal Trail Volume Two: Monterey to Mexico
The Guide to Walking the Golden State's Beaches and Bluffs from Border to Border

Bob Lorentzen and Richard Nichols

This southern volume of the series describes more than 600 miles of California's now official Coastal Trail (CCT), America's most diverse long distance trail.

Volume Two covers from Monterey to the Mexico in 83 accessible sections.


Sibley's Backyard Birds of Southern California

Written & Illustrated by David Allen Sibley

Covers 73 backyard bird species, including descriptions, size, range, seasonal occurrence, and multiple illustrations.


Sibley’s Common Trees of California

Written & Illustrated by David Allen Sibley

Covers 47 of the most common native and introduced tree species, including descriptions, size, range, and illustrations of bark, leaves, blossoms, and fruits and berries.


Big Sur Coast Map, Coastal California Series

Bluewater Maps

This new map spans the spectacular and rugged Big Sur coastline of central California. Covers the coast from Andrew Molera State Park in the north to Ragged Point in the south.


Wonders of the Sea, Volume Two
Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands

Marc Shargel

Takes readers on a visual voyage beneath the ocean to discover marine life from Santa Barbara to San Diego and offshore to all eight of the Channel Islands.


Snakes of Southern California
A Guide to Common and Notable Species

Text & Photos by Bradford D. Hollingsworth

Covers 26 snakes in 73 photos, including five species of rattlesnakes, with info on habitat, diet, and behavior.


Sibley’s Birds of the California Coast

Written & Illustrated by David Allen Sibley

Covers 56 waterbirds: shorebirds, gulls, terns, wading birds, ducks, geese, swans, loons, and more.


Land Mammals of the Southwest

Written & Illustrated by Fiona A. Reid

Covers 53 mammals found in the region, with descriptions and images. Illustrations and text are by Fiona Reid, an accomplished naturalist.


Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest
Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

by Kathy Biggs
Photographs by Pierre Deviche, Jim Johnson, Greg Lasley, Ron Oriti

This definitive guide describes 125 species. Includes habitat, distribution, flight periods, and behaviors for each species. Coverage includes dragonflies, skimmers, emeralds, darners, clubtails, and mixed families.


Sibley’s Common Trees of the Southwest

Written & Illustrated by David Allen Sibley

48 common native and cultivated trees covered, with descriptions, size, range, illustrations of bark, leaves, blossoms, fruits and berries.


Sibley’s Backyard Birds of the Desert Southwest

Written & Illustrated by David Allen Sibley

Covers 72 bird species, including description, size, range, seasonal occurrence, and multiple illustrations.


Land Mammals of California

Written & Illustrated by Fiona A. Reid

Covers 56 mammals, both large and small, found in the state, including bats, moles, rabbits, as well as the large signature mammals such as elk, bears, foxes, and deer.


Fishes of the Southern California Coast

Written & Illustrated by Val Kells

Covers 60 species—both common and rare—found in inshore, nearshore, and offshore waters off the coast of California


Zuma-Trancas Canyons Trail Map

Tom Harrison

West Los Angeles County and east Ventura County trails just beyond Malibu and in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Includes Circle X Ranch, Rocky Oaks, Arroyo Sequit, Backbone Trail, Malibu Springs, Leo Carrillo State Park, Zuma-Trancas Canyons, Malibu Nature Preserve and Charmlee Wilderness Park.


California Road Map

Benchmark Maps

This is an ideal portable planning tool for statewide travel or adventuring throughout the Golden State. Includes large metro maps of Los Angeles area, Bay Area, San Diego, Sacramento & more.


California Wine Map

Global Graphics

One side shows California from north to south. Detail maps of Mendocino and Lake, North Sonoma, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, more.


Southern California Rock Climbing
California Road Trip, Volume Two

Tom Slater

An ideal guidebook for any climber traveling in Southern California. This guide uses topos, maps, photos and detailed descriptions to get you to over 60 climbing areas from the middle of the golden state all the way down to the Mexican border.


California Missions Quick Access Map

Global Graphics

Map of California Mission Country with detail maps and color photos of the remaining 24 original missions, more.


San Diego Coast Map, Coastal California Series

Bluewater Maps

This 76-mile coast has miles of beaches, both popular and uncrowded, nine major coastal wetlands and two bays.


Santa Barbara Coast Map, Coastal California Series

Bluewater Maps

This handsome map covers the spectacular coastline from just north of Purisima Point (north of Point Conception) to Port Hueneme in Ventura County.


Southern San Diego County Bikeways & Trails Map

Franko’s Maps

Colorful map covers the trails and bikeways of  southern San Diego County from the glorious coast — Del Mar to Imperial Beach — to about twenty miles inland.


Northern San Diego County Bikeways & Trails Map

Franko’s Maps

Colorful map covers the trails and bikeways of  northern San Diego County from the glorious coast — Oceanside to Solana Beach — to about twenty miles inland


Los Angeles-Orange Coast Map, Coastal California Series

Bluewater Maps

These two populous counties include more than 130 miles of coastline. Even in this populous region  miles of gorgeous beaches, both popular and uncrowded, combine with dramatic geographical features like the wild Santa Monica Mountains


Living with the Changing California Coast

Gary Griggs, Kiki Patsch & Lauret Savoy

This authoritative and easy-to-use book, a geological profile of the California coast, describes the landforms and processes that shape the coastline and beaches, documents how erosion has affected development, and discusses the options available for dealing with coastal hazards and geologic instability.


Santa Ana Mountains & Chino Hills State Park

Franko’s Maps

Title areas plus Limestone-Whiting Widerness Park, Chino Hills, wildlife, and more.


Verdugo Mountains Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Map includes Verdugo Mountains Parks and Open Space, Stough Park, La Tuna Canyon, Henderson Canyon, the abandoned Skyline Motorway, plus Verdugo Motorway, Whiting Woods Motorway, Brace Canyon Park, and more.


Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Detailed coverage of this state park includes Cuyamaca Peak, Green Valley, Stonewall Peak, Lake Cuyamaca, Sweetwater River, Paso Picacho, and more.


Joshua Tree National Park Recreation Map

Tom Harrison

Covers entire Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding access points.


Sespe Wilderness Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Covers 219,000-acre wilderness near Ojai, including Pine Mtn., Piedra Blanca, Sespe Hot Springs, Lake Piru, Wheeler Gorge, Topatopa Mountains, Rose Valley, and more.


Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas, 2nd Edition
The Climbing Guide to the Santa Monica Mountains

Louie Anderson, Foreword by John Long

This lavishly illustrated book covers the well known cragging area of Malibu Canyon along with new discoveries like Echo Cliffs, Boney Bluff and Black Flower as well as Conejo Mountain and Tick Rock.


Mt. Wilson Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Detailed map of Angeles National Forest Front Country north of Altadena includes Gabrileno Trail, Mt. Wilson Trail, Arroyo Seco, Mt. Lowe, Red Box, Colby Canyon, Josephine Peak, and more.


Wildflowers of the Santa Barbara Foothills

David Powdrell & Hugh Margerum

This attractive book opens the door to the mysterious world of backyard botany and natural history with its captivating color photographs and fascinating research of the wildflowers of the Santa Barbara area.


Marine Mammals of the Southern California Coast

Written & Illustrated by Pieter Folkens

Descriptions of Humpback, Fin, Gray, Blue, and Minke Whales. Other nearshore species included: Sea Lions, Dolphins, Porpoises, Sea Otter, and the Harbor Seal.


Anza-Borrego Desert Region--Recreation Map

Earthwalk Press

Ultimate 6-color map to San Diego County's vast, diverse backcountry: Anza-Borrego and Cuyamaca Rancho State Parks, Laguna Mountain and Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest, Ocotillo Wells S.V.R.A., southern section of Pacific Crest Trail, more. Text on camps, trails, natural and human history.


Mojave National Preserve Map

Tom Harrison

Covers entire vast preserve, plus Kelso Dunes Wilderness, Bristol Mountains Wilderness and several more small surrounding wildernesses.


Golden Trout Wilderness Map

Tom Harrison

Detailed map to this 308,000-acre wilderness in the southern Sierra includes Kern and Little Kern Rivers, Mineral King, Mountain Home State Forest, and more.


San Jacinto Wilderness Trail Map

Tom Harrison

San Jacinto Mountains between Palm Springs and Idyllwild also includes Mt. San Jacinto State Park Wilderness, Long Valley, Round Valley, Tahquitz Peak, Fuller Ridge, and more.


Malibu Creek State Park Trail Map

Tom Harrison

More urban playgrounds to the west of Topanga: includes Malibu Creek State Park, Castro Crest, and Udell Gorge Natural Preserves, Liberty Canyon Park, Las Virgenes View Park and more.


Angeles Front Country Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Map covers Angeles National Forest north of Pasadena and Tujunga, including Tujunga Canyon, Eaton Canyon, Pacifico Mountains, Mt. Wilson, Mendenhall Ridge, plus Verdugo Mountains, Vasquez Rocks County Park...


Death Valley National Park Recreation Map

Tom Harrison

Includes entire park plus surrounding areas: Skidoo, Badwater, Shoshone, Eureka Dunes, Furnace Creek, Zabriskie Point, Scotty's Castle, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Valley, Teakettle Junction, Inyo Mountains Wilderness, other wilderness areas,...


San Diego Backcountry Recreation Map

Tom Harrison

Covers entire Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, adjacent Cuyamaca Rancho State Park plus nearby public lands — Laguna Recreation Area, Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness, Carrizo Gorge Wilderness, and more.


Death Valley—Postcard Book

Fred and Randi Hirschmann

Twenty striking images of this diverse park by some of the West's best nature photographers, plus a short introductory essay.


Mt. Baldy & Cucamonga Wilderness Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Detailed map of Cucamonga Wilderness and eastern Sheep Mtn. Wilderness and vicinity includes Mt. San Antonio, Thunder Mtn., Timber Mtn., Cucamonga Peak, and more.


Point Mugu State Park Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Map covers Ventura County's west end of the Santa Monica Mountains NRA including Backbone Trail, Pt. Mugu State Park, Sycamore Canyon, Boney Mtn. State Wilderness and Leo Carrillo State Park.


San Gorgonio Wilderness Trail Map

Tom Harrison

San Bernardino Mountains north of namesake town covered in detail: Barton Flats, Heart Bar, Forest Falls, Fish Creek, Vivian Creek, Aspen Grove, Oak Glen, and more.


Topanga State Park Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Urban playground map includes Topanga State Park and Will Rogers State Park, Redrock Canyon, Temescal Gateway Park, and Westridge Canyonback Park.


Angeles High Country Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Covers Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests north of Monrovia and Alta Loma, including San Gabriel Wilderness, Cucamonga Wilderness, Crystal Lake Rereation Area, and more.


Cheeseboro-Palo Comado Canyons Trail Map

Tom Harrison

Details the area in and north of the Santa Monica Mountains that is north of Zuma-Trancas Canyons Trail Map and Malibu Creek Trail Map.




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