- Authors: Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown
- Softcover; 849 pages; black-and-white maps
- Avalon Travel Publishing; copyright 2012
- 9th edition of Moon California Hiking includes new maps for Joshua Tree and Anza-Borrego Desert
- Helpful ratings for trail difficulty and scenic beauty
- Provides lists of best hikes, including ''Best for Swimming Holes," "Best Short Backpack Trips" and ''Best for Fall Colors''
- Essential planning details, including round-trip distance and hiking time, best season to visit, park fees and contact information for each hike
- Also provides precise driving directions to each hike, plus details on where to park