World Waterfall Database
Book Review

California Waterfalls

Brown, Ann Marie (author)

Foghorn Outdoors, 1997
Edition 1
Format Paperback
Print Style Black and White
Book Type Guidebook
Page Count 406
ISBN 0-935701-07-9
In Print? No
Picture quality (2)
Picture Quantity (1)
Accuracy of Content (5)
Thoroughness of Content (3)
Production Value (2)

Reviewed by Dean Goss

Ann Marie Brown details approximately 200 of California's waterfalls. An ambitious undertaking, but she manages a reasonably thorough freshman effort. This is a fat paperback, the contents of which would serve to keep someone busy for a very long time.

The book is printed on recycled newsprint. On the one hand, I salute conservation efforts, but newsprint is a less than desirable medium particularly for printed photographs. The book doesn't waste much time on introductory material, merely a brief forward, a section on "how to use this book", and it's on to the waterfalls.

The waterfalls...California has 'em. Lots of them. While a dedicated study of USGS topographical maps in California should yield far, far more than 200 waterfalls, this is still a pretty thorough point of entry into the waterfall field. Each waterfall covered in the book is described in terms of Access & Difficulty, Elevation & Elevation Gain, and Best Season for visiting. There is a lot of descriptive narrative and in many cases, a small black and white photograph. At the close of each entry are Trip Notes and Directions. Each waterfall is rated from 6 to 10, but this clouds the issue in my opinion. Did Ms. Brown omit waterfalls that merited a rating of 1 to 5? On the whole, by viewing her editorial choices for this book, there seem to be some legitimate 1 star waterfalls. The system doesn't quite make sense.

The Bottom Line: While it is a very informative and thorough book, later editions are better editions.

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