Books and Maps

The best books and maps, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 16, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Book / Map Reviews

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. 1. many features shown on other maps were missing. Water bodies, roads, trails, etc. 2. Coloring was not very good for contrast. 3. 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). 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

Backpacking Food: Recipes, Rations, Stoves and Storage by Andrew Skurka

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Recipes, cookware, and tips for the UL-minded, much of which will also prove useful at other comfort levels. Ultra-hiker Andrew Skurka condenses his many thousands of miles worth of trail food wisdom into this little (37 page) book. I am reviewing the "Pre-edition v2" which I purchased as a $5 pdf file in early 2016. As of June 2017 the project still seems to be in the pre-edition phase (you can get the pdf here). The book opens with brief, first-person accounts of some "food-related mistakes" Skurka… Full review

Cicerone Press Walking the West Highland Way

rated 5 of 5 stars Compact and lightweight, yet it comes with a protective plastic cover and a map booklet reproducing Ordnance Survey mapping for the entire route. Sets the standard for other guidebook publishers. This guidebook is compact at 7 x 4.75 inches The contents of this Cicerone Press guidebook by Terry Marsh are fairly standard. There is a description of the route with 1:100,000 maps, as well as historical and general information about the towns, villages, and other landmarks that are encountered along… Full review

The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an excellent resource for information related to general mountaineering, but also for a broad range of topics from basic backcountry equipment and navigation, to rock and ice climbing, and a number of other associated topics. The most significant aspect of this book that sets it apart from other mountaineering/climbing references is not necessarily the specific material within the book, but how that content comes into being. This book is a great resource for any experienced back country… Full review

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The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Climbing Book
$30 - $34
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: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide US Pacific States Paper Map / US Pacific States
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map US Northeast Paper Map
$15
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)
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
$17
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$15
National Geographic Bryce Canyon National Park Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$10 - $11
Lodge A Skillet Full Cookbook Cookbook
$14
Liberty Mountain Susquehanna River Water Trail - Middle Section US Northeast Guidebook
$13
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
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
National Geographic Georgia Recreation Atlas US South Guidebook
$25
DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer US South Paper Map
$20
The Mountaineers Books Paddling the Columbia: A Guide to All 1200 Miles of Our Scenic & Historical River Guidebook
$25
National Geographic Cape Cod National Seashore Map US Northeast Paper Map
$12
DeLorme Florida Atlas and Gazatteer US South Paper Map
$25
Falcon Guides Hiking Yellowstone National Park US Mountain States Guidebook
$22
Northern Lights Publishing Pocket Guide to Animals / Tracks Plant/Animal Identification Guide
$13
The Mountaineers Books Rock Climbing Anchors - A Comprehensive Guide Climbing Book
$20
Falcon Guides Camping Washington US Pacific States Guidebook
$17
The Mountaineers Books American Alpine Journal 2014 Climbing Book
$35
National Geographic Yosemite National Park Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$10 - $32
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 - $11
The Mountaineers Books Day Hiker's Handbook Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$17
National Geographic Old Forge/Oswegatch Map - Adirondack National Park US Northeast Paper Map
$12
Tiadaghton Forest Fire Fighters Association Black Forest Trail Guide US Northeast Guidebook
$13
Falcon Guides Hiking New Jersey US Northeast Guidebook
$20
Wilderness Press Another Fork in the Trail: Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes for the Backcountry Cookbook
$18
Garmin Trailhead Series Pacific Crest Trail SD Card US Pacific States Map Application
$59
Purple Lizard Maps Pine Creek Trail Map US Northeast Paper Map
$15
Sharp End Publishing Favorite Hikes In & Around Zion National Park US Mountain States Guidebook
$25
Wilderness Press Afoot and Afield San Diego County US Pacific States Guidebook
$25
Mountain N' Air Books Teton Rock Climbs US Mountain States Guidebook
$27
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Guide to Maine US Northeast Guidebook
$30
National Geographic Allagash Wilderness Waterway South Trail Map US Northeast Paper Map
$10
Wilderness Press Backpacking Oregon US Pacific States Guidebook
$19
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Gunnison/Pitkin Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$12
National Geographic Breckenridge/Tennessee Pass Trail Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$12
The Mountaineers Books Accessible Trails In Washington's Backcountry: A Guide To 85 Outings US Pacific States Guidebook
$13
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