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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

National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars If you are contemplating thru-hiking the John Muir Trail (or any section of it), this John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide does an excellent job of gathering all the needed information for planning, plus having detailed maps of the entire trail and surrounding terrain. Comparison of size of National Geographic Yosemite map with the John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide (USGS 1:250,000 map in background) Background: I have to confess up front that, despite having hiked and climbed on all seven continents,… Full review

Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great resource for 100 of the most iconic hikes in our National Parks. Excellent skills sections. Beta on each hike from finding the trailhead to GPS coordinates. With the celebration of the 100th anniversary of our National Parks this year, it is timely to see the publication of the hiking guide The National Parks Coast to Coast, 100 Best Hikes. I was quite intrigued to see what hikes would be considered 100 of the best hikes of our National Parks. This nicely organized book starts with a two-page… Full review

Earthbound Sports Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide

rated 4.5 of 5 stars From Boone's Cave to Morrow Mountain, Don Childrey's guide book is your ultimate Uwharrie Lakes Region Guide. This comprehensive guide book will be your main source for fully accessing all the outdoor activities in the region. This is "the first and only comprehensive trail guide" for the region. The Uwhharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide by Don Childrey Second Edition Disclosure: I received this book from the author, who had asked me to review it. I also know Don personally from hiking and trail work… Full review

Falcon Guides Hiking North Carolina

rated 4 of 5 stars If you are hiking in North Carolina and want to visit as many trails as possible, than this is the book for you. It covers a lot of the trails available in detail. The Background This is an amazing book and I specifically purchased the eBook version to help me plan camping/hiking trips when I was in North Carolina. I used this guide to plan and go on 6 trips. I had 3 more planned but didn’t have enough time in NC to complete them all. The book provides a good level of detail on all of the locations… Full review

Keystone Trails Association Pennsylvania Hiking Trails: 13th Edition

rated 3 of 5 stars This is Keystone Trails Association's catch-all book for Pennsylvania hiking trails. It is not meant to serve as a guidebook for any specific trail, but instead, its purpose is to introduce hikers to a variety of trails throughout the state — variety in length, difficulty, geographic features and region. Background: Keystone Trails Association (KTA) is a venerable organization that works with hiking clubs, volunteers, and government agencies to protect and advocate for PA trails. In doing so,… Full review

Adirondack Mountain Club Adirondack Trails High Peaks Region

rated 5 of 5 stars THE Bible of Adirondack hiking. My family is from the Adirondacks and when I started hiking there, they told me to get this book and they weren't wrong! If you want to hike the ADKs this is a MUST have. All the 46er peak trails are here and the trail descriptions tell you what you will encounter almost down to the tenth of a mile. The ADK is a great organization and they don't print lousy materials. If you are hiking in the Northeast, this is the book for you!  Full review

Wilderness Press Hiker's Guide to the High Sierra - Yosemite

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A classic book with a good, but not great, topo map and good descriptions of the trails (if you can find em). I wanted to like this book, I really did. It fits in your pocket, it has short and easy trail descriptions along with a handy map. I was just disappointed when I actually used it in Yosemite because some of the trailhead descriptors were just a little vague, which doesn't help if it's your first time there. That being said, the majority of the book is very useful. The book does a good job… Full review

Rick La Belle Rock Climbs of Central Washington

rated 4 of 5 stars I just got this book on long tern "loan" from a guy at work who is too busy to use it. To be honest, I don't really plan on returning it. Does that make me a bad guy? I was pleasantly surprised to learn of some nice climbing near my home in the semi-desert of Eastern Washington. I had been going to L-Worth and Vantage to fight for climbs with the hoards of yuppies from the wet side of the state and now I don't have too. The climbs in the book are mostly in my climbing range (5.8-5.10a), though most… Full review

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Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book / Guidebook
$26
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
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
$25
Falcon Guides Hiking Yellowstone National Park US Mountain States Guidebook
$22
Falcon Guides Camping Washington US Pacific States Guidebook
$17
Tiadaghton Forest Fire Fighters Association Black Forest Trail Guide US Northeast Guidebook
$13
Falcon Guides Hiking New Jersey US Northeast Guidebook
$20
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
$28
Wilderness Press Backpacking Oregon US Pacific States Guidebook
$19
The Mountaineers Books Accessible Trails In Washington's Backcountry: A Guide To 85 Outings US Pacific States Guidebook
$13
The Mountaineers Books 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest US Pacific States Guidebook
$17 - $18
Wolverine Publishing Shuteye Ridge US Pacific States Guidebook
$40
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes - Yellowstone US Mountain States Guidebook
$10
SuperTopo Tuolumne Free Climbs US Pacific States Guidebook
$27
The Mountaineers Books Best Hikes with Children - Catskills and Hudson River Valley US Northeast Guidebook
$15
Menasha Ridge Press 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington D.C. US Northeast Guidebook
$17
Milestone Press Hiking the Carolina Mountains: 57 Great Day Hikes in North and South Carolina US South Guidebook
$20
National Geographic Virginia Recreation Atlas US South Guidebook
$25
Falcon Guides Hiking Colorado's Front Range US Mountain States Guidebook
$19
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch US Northeast Guidebook
$19
Falcon Guides Best Climbs - Moab US Mountain States Guidebook
$19
SuperTopo Yosemite Sport Climbs and Top Ropes US Pacific States Guidebook
$20
Sharp End Publishing Front Range Topropes US Mountain States Guidebook
$17
Menasha Ridge Press Carolina Whitewater US South Guidebook
$19
Adventure Maps Methow Valley Trail Map US Pacific States Guidebook
$13
Green Mountain Club Long Trail Guide US Northeast Guidebook
$19
Stoneydale Press Hikes and Climbs to Bitterroot Mountain Summits US Mountain States Guidebook
$25
Menasha Ridge Press Day and Overnight Hikes: Tonto National Forest US Mountain States Guidebook
$15
MorComm Press Rock Climbing Guide to the Castle Rock Area US Pacific States Guidebook
$33
Falcon Guides Hiking Yosemite National Park US Pacific States Guidebook
$23
Falcon Guides Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland US Northeast Guidebook
$45
Menasha Ridge Press 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis US Midwest Guidebook
$18
Liberty Mountain Susquehanna River Trail Map and Guide - Lower US Northeast Guidebook
$18
Wolverine Publishing Smith Rock Select US Pacific States Guidebook
$20
Countryman Press 50 Hikes in Maryland US Northeast Guidebook
$20
Wilderness Press Desolation Wilderness US Mountain States Guidebook
$19
Countryman Press 50 Hikes Around Anchorage US Pacific States Guidebook
$19
Sharp End Publishing Indian Creek: A Climbing Guide US Mountain States Guidebook
$33
Falcon Guides Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness US Mountain States Guidebook
$20
 
The Mountaineers Books 100 Hikes in Yosemite National Park US Pacific States Guidebook
$19
The Mountaineers Books Day Hiking - South Cascades US Pacific States Guidebook
$19
Wilderness Press 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity US Pacific States Guidebook
$17
The Mountaineers Books Best Loop Hikes: Colorado US Mountain States Guidebook
$17
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