Books and Maps

The best books and maps, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 13, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Book / Map Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Lake Tahoe Camping with Privacy

This is the most valuable resource I have found for selecting a good site for the night before a backpacking trip. The authors focus on campsites with privacy but include thorough descriptions, elevation, contact information, and driveway length. With Lake Tahoe Camping With Privacy: Your Guide To The Most Private Campsites Near Tahoe, Truckee, Sly Park, Union Valley Reservoir, And Beyond the Wilkes have added to their collection of private campsites in the Sierra with their most recent book on… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Westwater Books Belknap's Waterproof Canyonlands River Guide

A classy, cargo pocket-sized, waterproof guide to over 350 miles of the Green and Colorado Rivers through and above Canyonlands National Park, with detailed maps, illustrations, and text on the region’s colorful geology and history. Works well as a stand-alone guide for river trips. In the winter of 2018, during our year-long residence in Tuscson, my wife and I decided to splurge on a 6-day guided raft/dory trip on the Colorado River from near Moab, Utah, down through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Falcon Guides Paddling America: Discover and Explore Our 50 Greatest Wild and Scenic Rivers

“Paddling America: Discover and Explore Our 50 Greatest Wild and Scenic Rivers” showcases some of the best paddling experiences in the USA. It also aims to increase awareness for the conservation and protection of natural river systems, with a focus on these designated rivers, protected under the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The 50 featured rivers span the country but are most heavily concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, California, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana regions. Many of the rivers… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Falcon Guides Sierra Summits: A Guide to Fifty Peak Experiences in California's Range of Light

This book is the perfect introduction to climbing relatively easy peaks in Yosemite and the Sierra. No climbing gear required. Finally, an accessible book for newbie climbers. I'm an experienced hiker and backpacker, but peak bagging has always represented another level of adventure. Sierra Summits, by Matt Johanson, offers a collection of achievable climbs for the casual day hiker, those who want to introduce peaks to kids, and some to challenge those ready for more. In my first pass through the… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Falcon Guides Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route: Exploring the Green and Colorado Rivers

"Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route" is a meta-guidebook to 1,700 miles of river and reservoir in the footsteps (well, oarstrokes) of Powell, who led the first expedition down the Green and Colorado rivers through the Grand Canyon. It's a valuable planning resource for everything from day trips to the whole exhausting journey, but too general for day-to-day details. Aficionados of the desert Southwest know the scene: 1869. John Wesley Powell, a one-armed Civil War veteran, seated in a wooden… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Falcon Guides The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking

While no book about sea kayaking is enough to make you a pro paddler (this requires training and experience), "The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking" provides a comprehensive outline of the skills required by aspiring sea kayakers. The 6th edition (2018) has been updated and revised by Wayne Horodowich, who is Derek Hutchinson's (original author) longtime friend and paddling partner. Because of the contributions of two different authors, I found some of the chapters a little disjointed and out-of-date. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map

A hardy map that can withstand punishment and inspire exploration. The Purple Lizard Rothrock State Forest map thoroughly covers the forest, as well as areas north and south of the forest boundaries. Best for folks living in or looking to explore Central Pennsylvania, or for people who really like maps, I suppose. Usage:I own other Purple Lizard maps, but this one gets the most use, as the Rothrock State Forest and surrounding areas are pretty easy to explore via hiking, camping, biking, hunting,… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Purple Lizard Maps Bald Eagle State Forest Map

A map that covers a somewhat overlooked, underexplored, and fairly large area in Central Pennsylvania (Bald Eagle State Forest). The map, in its typical Purple Lizard fashion, is super-durable and could serve as an emergency umbrella if necessary (only half joking...it is waterproof though). Best for those living in or exploring Central Pennsylvania or for map-junkies. Usage:Admittedly, like many in Central Pennsylvania, I’ve explored many of the trails covered by the popular Purple Lizard Rothrock… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
MyTopo Waterproof Topo Map Tapoco

Lacking details that most other maps have. Low quality printing. I bought this thinking I could get a customized topo printed on a good quality material. When I received it, I was very disappointed. Many features shown on other maps were missing: water bodies, roads, trails, etc. Coloring was not very good for contrast. Print quality was low For the very high price mytopo.com charged ($42) this was unacceptable. Luckily they offer a money back guarantee. So I sent it back (at my expense). Just before… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Climbing Book
$30 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map US Northeast Paper Map
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Northville/Raquette Lake Map - Adirondack National Park US Northeast Paper Map
$10 - $11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lake Tahoe Camping with Privacy US Pacific States Guidebook
$27
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer US Northeast Paper Map
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide US Pacific States Paper Map / US Pacific States
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Purple Lizard Maps Bald Eagle State Forest Map US Northeast Paper Map
$12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book / Guidebook
$26
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Westwater Books Belknap's Waterproof Canyonlands River Guide US Mountain States Guidebook
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin Topo US 24K West US Pacific States Map Application
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Great Smoky Mountains National Park Map US South Paper Map
$12 - $14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Hiking North Carolina US South Guidebook
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rite in the Rain All-Weather Outdoor Journal
$6 - $10
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Topo US 24K Southwest US Mountain States Map Application
$100
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Globe Pequot Lipsmackin' Backpackin' Cookbook
$10
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Imus Geographics Wallowa Mountain/Eagle Cap Wilderness Map US Pacific States Paper Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CritterMap Backcountry Navigator for Android Map / Outdoor App
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book No. 374-M
$5 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Carin Mountain Company Mount Rainier Guide Reference Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$14 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Random House The Well-Fed Backpacker Cookbook
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaye Grabill Jace Gets Lost, Jace Gets Found Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gibbs Smith 98.6 Degrees - The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive! First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaia GPS App & Offline Topo Maps Outdoor App / Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme MapPack Annual Subscription Map
$30 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cosmic Ray Hiking Phoenix - Favorite Day Hikes US Mountain States Guidebook
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cicerone Press Walking the West Highland Way International Guidebook
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adirondack Mountain Club Adirondack Trails Northville-Placid Trail US Northeast Guidebook
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Great Swamp Press Pachaug State Forest Trail Map - Connecticut US Northeast Paper Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Sierra Summits: A Guide to Fifty Peak Experiences in California's Range of Light US Pacific States Guidebook
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adirondack Mountain Club Adirondack Trails High Peaks Region US Northeast Guidebook
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Blackwoods Press John Muir Trail Pocket Atlas US Pacific States Map
$30 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gem Trek Trail Map and Guide Canadian Paper Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Press San Gabriel Mountains Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$10 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speer Hammocks Hammock Camping - The Complete Guide to Greater Comfort, Convenience and Freedom Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bay Street Publishing Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple Cookbook
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Paddling America: Discover and Explore Our 50 Greatest Wild and Scenic Rivers US Northeast Guidebook / US Pacific States / US Mountain States / US Midwest / US South
$28 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme State Atlas & Gazetteer Map
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Earthbound Sports Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide Guidebook
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Random House The Complete Walker IV Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pacific Adventures Press The Hungry Spork Cookbook
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Appalachian Mountain Club White Mountain Guide Online US Northeast Map Application
$15 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rick La Belle Rock Climbs of Central Washington US Pacific States Guidebook
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Cooking in the Outdoors Cookbook
$10 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route: Exploring the Green and Colorado Rivers US Mountain States Guidebook
$26 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The A.T. Guide (2016 Northbound) Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book