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Trail Wisdom: California's Desert, Mountain and Beach Trails and Picnic Guide 
Where the traveler finds THE JOY OF THE TRAIL EXPERIENCE!   



0406-PYLE-shot.gif (131035 bytes)What book sellers are saying about this book!



One of the five essential Palm Springs Books--If you love Palm Springs it is one of five books you must have to get the   paradise!"-- Palm Desert community relations manager, John Padgett

2015 Book Signing Calendar  

Linda Pyle wants to tell you to know the secret of the desert! 

Meet author Linda Pyle and get a signed copy of her book--- It is my sincere desire to enhance your experience of the desert. The desert is a transforming place.  It is the reason I became a writer. Come and see how the desert will inspire you! 

Best regards, 
Linda Pyle  

Borders, Rancho Mirage- "We sell the heck out of Peaks, Palms and Picnics!" --Craig Laver Borders Corporate Sales 

Check out the NEW Peppertree Book store at 78100 Main Street Suite 101, Old Town La Quinta

Got Nature? 

Popular hiking author Linda Pyle says, �Spending time on the trail soothes the soul, brings instant rejuvenation to our bodies and even magic to our lives!� She will show you how to find more time to get outdoors and guide you in where to go in the beautiful Coachella Valley . Get the low-down on what you�ll see, smell, and hear while you sample one of her delicious chocolate chip cookies�the recipe for those and other great picnic recipes are included in her book Peaks, Palms & Picnics: Day Journeys in the Mountains & Deserts of Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley You�ll be taking one of her day journeys soon!  

  Desert fan palms trees transforming
into Indian warriors !

Bighorn sheep bedding down with
country club statues !

Curious ?

It�s a book you can buy or a program I present while you munch on chocolate chip cookies.

The book is $15.95 (That�s 50 cents a mystery) The presentation is more. The cookies are priceless
Would you or your group like to have a TRAIL WISDOM EXPERIENCE with Linda Pyle? Click here for more information 

 I hope you will think of Peaks, Palms & Picnics as your guide to the desert trails! Click here to print FREE trail information 
Ask the Hiking Author-

Linda's book was featured on CBSTV2 on the Patrick Evan's show First at 4 Click here to read Patrick's review 



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Sunrise on the Santa Rosa Mountains
 La Quinta, CA

Beavertail Cactus in bloom on the Elephant Tree Discovery Trail-Anza-Borrego Desert  

Hiking the West Fork Trail, Palm Canyon 


The Real Shangri-la! 
Tahquitz Canyon,
the famous Palm Springs landmark where Frank Capra filmed the classic Lost Horizon in 1937,  re-opened after a more than 30-years hiatus for guided tours. 


White Privilege Isn't Real 
A look at the myth of white privilege, it's effects on society, and the role it plays in modern life.


Linda Pyle�s Top 7 Secret Journeys in the Desert-Discover a secluded palm oasis, hidden waterfalls and romantic picnic areas

Anza Valley Guacamole recipe. 
Note: Art Smith Trail now closed until September 30th to hikers to protect bighorn sheep.  


Black Neighborhoods Have Higher Crime 
A look at black neighborhoods and why they have higher crime rates than white neighborhoods.


Trail of San Jacinto Peak - Palm  Springs Aerial Tram to Long Valley to challenge the boldest escarpment in North America. Cool hiking even in summer heat.  Omar's Bread recipe 
(The Tramway has new state-of-the-art Swiss cars! They are equipped with floors that rotate as you climb 

Trail of the Desert Fan Palm: Three Desert Oases - Where does a traveler today find the only palm native to the western
United States?


Trail of the Creosote Bush - Inhale the fragrance of the desert while hiking the South Lykken Trail and Murray Canyon Trail in the Indian Canyons of Palm Springs.


Trail of the Ocotillo, Palm Desert - Follow an Indian trail through Guadalupe Canyon, along the upper edge of Devil Canyon and witness Ocotillo Spring along the Art Smith Trail.  (Art Smith Trail now closed for Bighorn sheep until September 30th)


Trail of the Bradshaw Stage Line at Dos Palmas, Riverside County - 
What makes this this torturous mode of travel in the Old West so romantic? 


New fangled slumgullion recipe


Hiking  Santa Rosa Mountain's Toro Peak-Each time we have been turned back by mysterious events. Do evil spirits haunt this mountain? Cool hiking when southern California gets hot.  


Malibu Canyon
Wildflower photos from our hike of  Malibu Canyon/Crags Road

Yellow Monkeyflower

Globe Lily 




**After the National Trails Day event at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve-Ranch House T.M. & I hiked the 9.4 loop canyon trail  to a waterfall and past  streamside forests of giant California live oaks and groves of sycamore trees. We witnessed a coyote and glimpsed a deer. Entrance to the historic adobe ranch house and the trailhead is off Black Mountain Road on Canyonside Park Driveway  in San Diego. Eventually future wildlife corridors will connect the Preserve to Black Mountain Open space and the San Dieguito River Valley Park to the north.  



Mountain Biking Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Touring the Grand Loop and Eating Julian Apple Pie.

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TRAIL OF PALOMAR MOUNTAIN, EAST OF SAN DIEGO Hellish Mountain Biking up the endless Nate Harrison Grade Road to the top brings inner rewards!   

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 Photo gallery of Blue Sky Reserve-Lake Poway, San Diego 
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Mission Trails Regional Park-San Diego- Crossing the San Diego River and climbing the Rim Trail, the visitor center cat, Fortuna, and wild black mustard on rolling green peaks.

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Visitor Center Mission Trails



Weekend in Julian- Mountain Biking Big Laguna Mountain-  Our weekend began at the site of the bloodiest battle of the Mexican-American War 
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 Trail of Oakzanita Julian, CA- Curses, foiled again! Old- time melodrama, mountain biking and apple pie in Julian, San Diego 




Hiking with the Ancients, White Mountains -Inyo National Forest- This isn't exactly the place you would expect to find the oldest living thing in the world! 
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Hiking to the Inyo Craters and Deer Mountain near Mammoth Lakes- 50 mile an hour winds closes the lifts at the ski area but lack of snow makes for spring-like hiking conditions.

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Trail of Catalina Island, CA - Discovering tranquility and Island magic..

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San Clemente Beach Trail, Orange County - Discover what a founder's dream,  bootleggers, a former President and a world class surf break all have in common. 


Including Beach party recipes! 

bulletTrail of the Birds, Border Field State Park to Imperial Beach, San Diego - battle zone and bird  sanctuary along the Tijuana River estuary. 
bulletHearty bag lunch recipes


Trail of Cabrillo 
Bayside Trail, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma San Diego-
Seeking the glory and passion of a great explorer we stand at the most extreme southwestern tip of land in the continental United States.


Portuguese Fish Stew and Mediterranean Bread 






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Thanks for stopping along the trail. This page was last updated: May 29, 2017

Hot off the press!  Read what the San Diego Union-Tribune says about Linda's new book:

"Linda' book is a special  guide book that features 30 day journeys in San Diego county along with 55 them recipes. For instance, there's grilled grunion and Crown Cove crunchy coleslaw for those night-time beach walks at Coronado when the silversides are dong their mating dance; hot Mexican chocolate to serve around the bonfire and my personal favorite, Hellhole Turkey Chili to follow a journey up Hellhole Canyon to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park." Ed Zieralski, January 2015  

$15.95 ISBN 0-916251-66-7
Order now !
Call Sunbelt Publications 800-626-6579 

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 Peaks, Palms & Picnics: Day Journeys in the Mountains & Deserts of Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley of Southern California 

As featured in the summer August 2015 issue of Palm Springs Life 
click above to read review

To order call or click here Sunbelt Books:$15.95 
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   Editorial Reviews

Pyle�s narrative style entertains, informs, and most of all inspires. -- Steven Biller, editor Palm Springs Life Magazine

 A wonderful combination of fresh food and fresh air you are sure to enjoy.  
--Patrick Evans, CBSTV 2

 "Extremely well-written...describes in detail every single possible trail you can go on." 

"A great sales tool for the Coachella Valley!"
  ---V.J. Hume KWXY  Palm Springs Radio

V.J. Hume on her 10:15 am show KWXY Palm Springs radio 
1340 AM 98.5 FM 
Click here to read an excerpt from the interview

Click here to read excerpt on Linda's book in the City of Palm Desert's newsletter, Bright Sides 

Look inside Peaks, Palms & Picnics at
Book Description,  Table of Contents, Inside Flap Copy and read excerpt of Chapter One

Click here to see list of stores that have the 2nd edition of Peaks, Palms and Picnics in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley 

Click here to meet the author of this web site and book, read reviews, sample chapters and recipes or order this book. 

"Peaks, Palms and Picnics is a delicious read. It explains where to go for a great hike while telling compelling stories about what you see as you hike. The inclusion of a tummy-pleasing bonus." ---Lukas Velush, The Desert Sun


Peaks, Palms and Picnics is author Linda McMillin Pyle's second shot at describing day journeys in the Coachella Valley desert and mountains. Some involve hiking. Some are not hikes at all--driving up to the cool greenery of the Rainbow Rancho Trout Farm in Whitewater Canyon. Some journeys in this revised edition of her first book are by car--a tour of the date country. But all of Pyle's trips include tidbits of history, lore and a easy recipe that thematically matches each adventure. 

The Desert Sun, Jamie Lee Pricer 


Reader Reviews

 "Peaks, Palms and Picnics- We love it! We plan on having a permanent copy in the guest house and extra copies to give friends and family when they visit. That way they will all have good reason to return and spend time with us and explore the beautiful Coachella Valley" -- Ken and Elly Encinas, Blanks Color Imaging, Inc  

I'm enjoying reading your book and hope to visit or hike the Palm Springs trails with my daughter--Jean Akers, Rancho Bernardo Friends of the Library 


Hiking for Hope Indian Canyons in March  2007 Don't' miss it!! Information: 


Excerpt from Borders Books and Music, South Coast Plaza, newsletter:
The Romance of the Desert Found--An author's tribute to Palm Springs "Discover a secluded palm oasis, hidden waterfalls and romantic picnic areas.  Start making spring plans with the help of this adventurous book. Put aside typical desert perceptions. This book shows you not only where to go, but also provides recipes for a special picnic."  


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Hiking the Mammoth Crest from Lake George - A moderate hike
with breathtaking panoramic

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Kayaking the South Shore of Mono  Lake - Mysterious tufa formations and a real success story.  

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Having the heart of an ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree 


The Date Palm Trees 


Saguaro: Grand Symbol of the West   


Saguaro: Sustenance of the Sonoran Desert

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Ireland-our hiking report from Connemara National Park and Killarney 
The San Clemente beach trail is under my feet today and my eyes see the Pacific Ocean. In my mind my boots are sinking into the bog and the waves are rolling toward the Atlantic shore. I am dreaming of the green hills of Connemara and Killarney. 


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