Sierra Nevada Press

Publisher of outdoor books specializing in the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Northwest

Now Available: The Trail

A Transformative Journey on the John Muir Trail

The Trail takes readers on a wild tour along the John Muir Trail, describing its glorious scenery, the trail’s origin, and the diverse range of people who hike it.

The story begins with Gil, who in the wake of his father’s death and recently fired from his job, agrees to accompany his father’s old hiking partner Syd on a monthlong trek on the trail. There’s just one problem: Gil hates camping and is woefully unprepared for the rigors of the journey. Moreover, he soon learns Syd may not survive the hike.

It’s a beautifully crafted book, with 43 maps and sketches by acclaimed mountain illustrator Jeremy Ashcroft. The Trail is a moving tale about how nature helps us find what’s missing in our lives—it’s sure to appeal to hikers and armchair explorers alike.

"The author shines in his descriptions of the natural world... A subtle and vivid tale of finding peace in the great outdoors."

Kirkus Reviews

"Exceptional, original, entertaining, informative, and an inherently fascinating read from cover to cover, 'The Trail' is especially and unreservedly recommended."

Midwest Book Review

"Ethan Gallogly has created a wonderful blend of High Sierra history, eloquent descriptions of the range's glorious scenery, and fascinating vignettes of the diverse characters who roam the John Muir Trail."

Steve Roper, author of Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country