The Bottom Line
- Complete GPS and mileage logs using public roads for ordinary cars
- Sound scientific content with a nongeologist's fresh attitude
- Spiral bound for flat reading in the field
- Homebrew book design
- Thorough but not completely exhaustive
- PDF version is a bit balky at 108 MB
- Annotated road logs break the San Andreas fault into 12 easy day trips
- Sufficient geologic background for deeper appreciation of stops
- Thorough instructions make it very hard to become lost
Guide Review - Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault, by David K. Lynch
The road logs are intelligently presented with GPS locations plus odometer miles, both cumulative and "deltas" between all stops. Routes can be driven in reverse direction without much trouble. Many landmarks, geologic and human, are listed besides the fault itself. In parts of the fault I know well, Lynch misses littlethe remote section north of Parkfield might have included the western detour I take in pages 11-15 of my photo tour, but his route is just as interesting.
This book is now the gold standard for visiting the San Andreas. Sue Hough's "Finding Fault in California" covers additional faults and is still worth owning. While Lynch notes John McPhee's "Assembling California" as good background reading, I would add Philip Fradkin's "Magnitude 8" for its parallel exploration of the San Andreas's relation to California culture. Lynch's field guide joins an illustrious company.