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The best books and maps, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 6, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Climbing Book
$35 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The Mountaineers Books Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail US Pacific States Guidebook
$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)
Frank Amato Publications The Curtis Creek Manifesto Skills Book
$16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques For Tenkara And Rod & Reel Skills Book
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$6
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin Topo US 24K West US Pacific States Map Application
$99 - $100
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
Lake Tahoe Camping with Privacy US Pacific States Guidebook
$27
Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book / Guidebook
$26
Falcon Guides Sierra Summits: A Guide to Fifty Peak Experiences in California's Range of Light US Pacific States Guidebook
$25
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Topo US 24K Southwest US Mountain States Map Application
$100
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$15
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: 5 of 5 (2)
Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map US Northeast Paper Map
$15 MSRP
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 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)
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)
Cicerone Press Walking the West Highland Way International Guidebook
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Blackwoods Press John Muir Trail Pocket Atlas US Pacific States Map
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
AntiGravityGear Foothills Trail Pocket Profile US South Paper Map
$4 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Purple Lizard Maps Bald Eagle State Forest Map US Northeast Paper Map
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Westwater Books Belknap's Waterproof Canyonlands River Guide US Mountain States 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 Hiking North Carolina US South Guidebook
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The A.T. Guide (2016 Northbound) Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking Paddling Book
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Backpacking Food: Recipes, Rations, Stoves and Storage by Andrew Skurka Cookbook
$5 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Keystone Trails Association Pennsylvania Hiking Trails: 13th Edition US Northeast Guidebook
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Globe Pequot Lipsmackin' Backpackin' Cookbook
$16 MSRP
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
MyTopo Waterproof Topo Map Tapoco US South Map
Ray-Way Trail Life: Ray Jardine's Lightweight Backpacking Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book

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Recent Book / Map Reviews

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The Mountaineers Books Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail

Famous trail angel Barney "Scout" Mann takes readers through a riveting portrayal of his experience on the Pacific Crest Trail. In 2007, hundreds of eager hikers kicked up dust from the Mexico monument as they set foot on the Pacific Crest Trail. Among them were Barney "Scout" Mann and five other hikers he encountered along the way. In Journeys North, Scout includes snippets about trail romance, culture, humor, and exploration.   The eloquent narrative questions why one might hike 2650 miles… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Frank Amato Publications The Curtis Creek Manifesto

"The Curtis Creek Manifesto" is probably the number one book available on the basics of fly fishing. The author and illustrator, Sheridan Anderson, created a unique and entertaining guide that will provide everything a person needs to know to get started fly fishing and it's done in a book that is only 48 pages long. It has been considered a classic ever since it was first published in 1978. About twenty years ago I was just getting into fly fishing and during a fishing trip a friend recommended… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Patagonia Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques For Tenkara And Rod & Reel

In-depth, but engaging book focused on simplifying fly fishing. It is a great balance of skills, stories, and phenomenal photography. A great book for anyone interested in flying fishing or just interested in learning new skills. Written by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, and Mauro Mazzo, Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel is a fantastic book on the art and lifestyle of fishing in it most basic form. All three of the authors are lifelong fisherman with decades of experiences. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
AntiGravityGear Foothills Trail Pocket Profile

For day hikers and thru-hikers who want a quick reference guide to a trail that doesn’t skimp on information, doesn't require electricity, and which only adds negligible weight (.18 oz/5 g), AntiGravityGear’s Pocket Profile is an aptly named resource worth both the weight and the cost (USD $3.95)! AntiGravityGear produces a number of useful little publications called Pocket Profiles. Among their Pocket Profile titles are releases for the Appalachian Trail (22 different sections/profiles), the… Full review

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