Discovering new trails

Book signing 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Oakhurst Library

ttuell@sierrastar.comJune 25, 2013 

Hiker/columnist Tony Krizan's new book, "Discover Yosemite's Forgotten Trails," features a variety of Yosemite area trails.

TIFFANY TUELL/SIERRA STAR — Tiffany Tuell/Sierra Star

Hiking enthusiast and Sierra Star columnist Tony Krizan ('Mountain Secrets') has done it again — his second book, "Discover Yosemite's Forgotten Trails," was recently published and gives detailed, first-hand accounts of Yosemite area hiking trails. Each chapter is also accompanied by colorful images of the hiking area.

Krizan will give a slide show presentation on his Minarets Mountain hiking adventure, followed by a book signing from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, June 29 at the Oakhurst Branch Library, 49044 Civic Circle.

Krizan published his first book, "Wilderness of My Years," two years ago. It featured some of his hiking experiences in the Sierra Nevada but not the Yosemite area. Afterwards, Krizan said he was asked by many readers to write a book on his Yosemite area hiking experiences.

"After some serious thought, I sat down and put to pen my second book," he said.

Krizan said 90% of the hikes in his book are Class 1 and 2 hikes — easy and intermediate level.

"For those seasoned hikers, there are a few chapters on cross-country treks to those rarely visited and often forgotten areas within our mountains," Krizan said. "Even if hiking is not your sport, but you are interested in mountain history, this book will satisfy those needs."

Waunetta Fuchs, an Oakhurst library volunteer, says she reads Krizan's Sierra Star columns regularly and has attended some of his presentations.

"His stories are fascinating and are always very informative," she said. "Tony's very knowledgeable about his subject and he gives a little antecedent about the places he hikes. I'm sure people would enjoy coming to his June 29 presentation."

Since the publication of his second book, Krizan's schedule has been packed full of presentations and book signings. On top of the upcoming Oakhurst Branch Library book signing, Krizan will also hold a presentation and signing at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 21 at the Mariposa Museum & History Center, 5119 Jessie Street in Mariposa.

Krizan's book is available at Branches Books in Oakhurst, Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad in Fish Camp, and The Forks Resort in Bass Lake.

Anne Driscoll, owner of Branches Books, said Krizan was one of the first local authors to contact her when she opened her store.

"His passion for the area is evident in each chapter and he includes gorgeous photographs to pair with his explanation of tucked away trails and hikes for the reader to discover," Driscoll said. "Branches Books is very happy to offer both of his books and we look forward to scheduling a book signing with Tony in the near future."

Krizan said he hopes to inspire people to go outdoors, hike, and discover what adventures await right out their back-door.

"It's a healthy sport and gets you in tune to seeing what's real other than just reading it in a book," Krizan said. "When you see it first-hand, it sticks with you longer. Hiking helps in the development and growth of children, offers them a chance to learn, and gives them the opportunity to explore our Mountain Area."

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