Books and Maps

The best books and maps, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on March 30, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Book / Map Reviews

Westwater Books Belknap's Waterproof Canyonlands River Guide

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Falcon Guides Paddling America: Discover and Explore Our 50 Greatest Wild and Scenic Rivers

rated 4.5 of 5 stars “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

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

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Falcon Guides Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route: Exploring the Green and Colorado Rivers

rated 4 of 5 stars "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

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

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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: 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 - $121
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
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
National Geographic Carbondale/Basalt Trail Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$15
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
National Geographic Lexington/Blue Ridge Mountains Map  US South Paper Map
$12
Falcon Guides Hiking Vermont US Northeast Guidebook
$16
The Mountaineers Books Northern Forest Canoe Trail Map #2 - Adirondack North Country (Central) New York US Northeast Paper Map
$10
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Guide to New Hampshire and Vermont US Northeast Guidebook
$30
National Geographic Appalachian Trail: Damascus to Bailey Gap US South Paper Map
$15
DeLorme Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer US Mountain States Paper Map
$20
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes: San Diego US Pacific States Guidebook
$10
National Geographic Appalachian Trail: Swatara Gap to Delaware Water Gap US Northeast Paper Map
$11 - $14
Falcon Guides Camping Arizona US Mountain States Guidebook
$19
Menasha Ridge Press Best Tent Camping: Michigan US Midwest Guidebook
$16
National Geographic Georgia Recreation Atlas US South Guidebook
$20 - $24
National Geographic Allegheny South: Allegheny National Forest US Northeast Paper Map
$12
The Mountaineers Books Paddling the Columbia: A Guide to All 1200 Miles of Our Scenic & Historical River Guidebook
$25
National Geographic Wisconsin's Door Peninsula Destination Map US Midwest Paper Map
$12
BackPacker Using a GPS Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$10
National Geographic Springer and Cohutta Mountains Trail Map US South Paper Map
$12
National Geographic Cape Cod National Seashore Map US Northeast Paper Map
$15
National Geographic Los Padres National Forest, West Trail Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$12
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
National Geographic Cades Cove/Elkmont Trail Map - Great Smoky Mountains National Park US South Paper Map
$12
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