Books and Maps

The best books and maps, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on March 18, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Book / Map Reviews

Falcon Guides The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking

rated 3.5 of 5 stars 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 Because of the contributions of two different authors, I found some of the chapters a little disjointed and out-of-date.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

Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Purple Lizard Maps Bald Eagle State Forest Map

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

MyTopo Waterproof Topo Map Tapoco

rated 1 of 5 stars 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

Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map

rated 5 of 5 stars Not all maps are created equal. This map does everything you need and more. It encourages exploration to a degree that is impressive. I buy this map every time it is updated and would encourage anyone who spends any time in Central Pennsylvania to grab a copy. While no product is ever perfect, Purple Lizard Maps has created a map that is close as you can get. The Rothrock State Forest map is a fabulous bundle of knowledge that includes information related to hiking and biking trails, fishing holes,… Full review

Pacific Adventures Press The Hungry Spork

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a very practical and useful book focused on long distance hiker meal planning, but is also just as useful to anyone who goes out on multi-day trips. I have never been a real foodie, so when I go out on multi-day trips I generally don't spend much time planning for what food I'll bring which means I end up with tortillas, energy bars, nuts and candy bars, etc.  I also stopped bringing a stove a long time ago to save weight, so I don't have any hot food or drinks during a trip. For the longest… Full review

Random House The Complete Walker IV

rated 5 of 5 stars THE Classic Compendium of Backpacking. In the 1970s Colin Fletcher inspired a generation to get outside with his books The Thousand Mile Summer and The Man Who Walked Through Time. He then started the "Complete" series and told us the nuts and bolts of doing it.  The newest revision (now only 16 years old but still seems surprisingly current) has a new format where Colin and his co-author Chip Rawlins do a back-and-forth on various topics, which may put off fans of earlier editions. I found… Full review

Garmin Topo US 24K Southwest

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Detailed map set of the Southwestern region for Garmin map GPSes, but some well-traveled trails and hiker-relevant waypoints are not included. I've been a somewhat grumpy Garmin customer for many years now. I am on my third Garmin GPS, an eTrex 30c, which is at least hanging in there for a lot longer than the last one did. It took Garmin years to get around to fulfilling promises to supply versions of it software for Macs, and the Basecamp software used for viewing and planning is klunky and non-intuitive,… Full review

DeLorme State Atlas & Gazetteer

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer is an indispensable tool for the outdoors person when planning their next excursion. It is chock full of places to go for every type of outdoor activity, from where to camp including amenities at the campgrounds, places of interest for sightseeing, places to hunt and fish, and even includes species of interest, along with many other types of information. If you have not heard of it the Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer is an indispensable tool for the outdoors person when… 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 (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)
DeLorme Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer US Northeast Paper Map
$20
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 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
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
Falcon Guides Hiking Idaho US Mountain States Guidebook
$25
National Geographic Bryce Canyon National Park Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$10 - $14
Lodge A Skillet Full Cookbook Cookbook
$14
The Mountaineers Books Snowshoe Routes: New England US Northeast Guidebook
$17
Liberty Mountain Susquehanna River Water Trail - Middle Section US Northeast Guidebook
$13
The Mountaineers Books Climbing Self-Rescue Climbing Book
$20
The Mountaineers Books Weekend Rock: Arizona US Mountain States Guidebook
$20
The Mountaineers Books The High Sierra - Peaks, Passes, Trails US Pacific States Guidebook
$33
The Mountaineers Books Denali National Park - The Complete Visitors Guide US Pacific States Guidebook
$20
Falcon Guides Hiking Vermont US Northeast Guidebook
$16
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Guide to New Hampshire and Vermont US Northeast Guidebook
$28
DeLorme Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer US Mountain States Paper Map
$20
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Northern Virginia Map-North US South Paper Map
$12
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes: San Diego US Pacific States Guidebook
$10
Falcon Guides Camping Arizona US Mountain States Guidebook
$19
Menasha Ridge Press 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City US Mountain States Guidebook
$18
Menasha Ridge Press Best Tent Camping: Michigan US Midwest Guidebook
$16
National Geographic Georgia Recreation Atlas US South Guidebook
$25
The Mountaineers Books Paddling the Columbia: A Guide to All 1200 Miles of Our Scenic & Historical River Guidebook
$25
BackPacker Using a GPS Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$10
National Geographic Cape Cod National Seashore Map US Northeast Paper Map
$15
Falcon Guides Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest US Pacific States Guidebook
$25
DeLorme Florida Atlas and Gazatteer US South Paper Map
$25
Falcon Guides Hiking Yellowstone National Park US Mountain States Guidebook
$22 - $24
Northern Lights Publishing Pocket Guide to Animals / Tracks Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$13
Falcon Guides Outward Bound Backpacker's Handbook Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$13
The Mountaineers Books Rock Climbing Anchors - A Comprehensive Guide Climbing Book
$20
The Mountaineers Books Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume 2 US Pacific States Guidebook
$28
Falcon Guides Road Biking Utah US Mountain States Guidebook
$15
Falcon Guides Camping Washington US Pacific States Guidebook
$17
National Geographic Yosemite National Park Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$10 - $32
The Mountaineers Books Best Short Hikes in California's North Sierra US Pacific States Guidebook
$16
Falcon Guides Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado US Mountain States Guidebook
$22
National Geographic Mount Baker and Boulder River Wilderness Areas Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$12
National Geographic Yellowstone National Park Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$10 - $14
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