The Mountains of California

Quintessential Muir

In The Mountains of California, famed naturalist John Muir takes us on a tour of the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Ranges, showing off the regions’ marvels of topography, forests, glaciers, weather, and wildlife. Muir’s vivid descriptions of nature are infused with his characteristic wonder at the magnificence of wilderness, from a single songbird’s “perfect arabesques of melody” to the thundering symphony of a winter storm.

Reviews

“A relevant and consistently compelling read that will prove to be of immense interest and value.”—John Burroughs, Midwest Book Review

About the Author

John Muir (1838–1914) was a naturalist, author, and advocate for wilderness preservation. A prolific writer, his many books, essays, and letters abound with wit, humor, and an exuberant love of the natural world.