Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

A new book by Twain Harte resident Katherine Joye focuses on day hikes along the Highway 108 corridor.In fact, that's the title of her book.

"Day Hikes Along the Highway 108 Corridor" contains 76 hikes as diverse as the terrain found along the Highway 108 corridor from the Knights Ferry area up to and over Sonora Pass to the Leavitt Meadow area.

Some of the hikes are to specific destinations such as lakes, peaks, waterfalls, meadows or geologic or historical points of interest, whereas others are more open-ended along rivers and creeks, historic railroad grades or the edges of a lake.

The hikes also vary in difficulty, distance, starting elevations and distance from Highway 108. This type of information is listed for every hike in the book. Details include the best season to go, parking, facilities, who uses the trail, directions to the trailhead, a description of the hike, "need to know" information and historical, geologic or ecological factoids that pertain to the area.

The book has been broken into nine sections of trails. The first section contains all of the lower elevation hikes, under 2,000 feet, while the second focuses on the historic ditch trails that are mostly found between 3,500 and 5,500 feet.

A third section includes interpretive trails.

Three other sections cover trails along the Middle Fork Stanislaus River Canyon, South Fork Stanislaus River Canyon and those that are in the Stanislaus National Forest but don't fit any of the other categories.

The last three sections - Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, Emigrant Wilderness and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest - cover the higher elevation areas including trails on the east side of Sonora Pass.

Most of the hikes in the first six sections are accessible even in the winter.

In addition to all of the hiking trails, there are six front and back pages of color photos and numerous black and white photos inserted throughout the book. The hikes are also listed by difficulty, total distance, starting elevation and distance from Highway 108 as an easy way to choose a hike based on a specific need.

Resources the author used when researching the trail tidbits sections are listed in the back of the book.

Joye has been an avid hiker since high school and gets out on some type of trail every day with her two dogs.

She has lived in Tuolumne County since 2008 but has backpacked in this area with her husband - and eventually, children - since 1985.

When she is not out hiking, Joye volunteers to help teach science to fourth through sixth graders at Chinese Camp School and volunteers as a tutor at Twain Harte Library.

She is also a Master Gardener and will participate in the University of California Cooperative Extension's Naturalist Training Program in Yosemite later this month.

She has raised a number of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and currently has two that were career-changed and are now certified therapy dogs that visit schools, libraries, assisted care homes and the hospital.

Joye said she decided to write a hiking book for the Highway 108 corridor in December of 2012 mostly because she felt that there was a need for one and because it would give her a goal to accomplish. She spent June through November of 2013 hiking all the trails, taking notes and photos, and then began to work on putting it together into a final product.

The first run of books was printed in July 2014. To date, nearly 800 have been sold.

The books are available online at They also are sold in local shops including Mountain Laurel Florist, Mountain Home Gifts, Mountain Bookshop, All That Matters, the Nest, Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce, Twain Harte Market, Charley's Books, Dodge Ridge Ski Area, Mi-Wok and Summit ranger stations and Kennedy Meadows Resort.