Guidebooks

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

Recent Guidebook 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

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

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National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide US Pacific States Paper Map / US Pacific States
$15
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
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Hiking North Carolina US South
$25
Falcon Guides Hiking Idaho US Mountain States
$25
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Canyon US Mountain States
$10
The Mountaineers Books Snowshoe Routes: New England US Northeast
$17
Liberty Mountain Susquehanna River Water Trail - Middle Section US Northeast
$13
The Mountaineers Books Weekend Rock: Arizona US Mountain States
$20
The Mountaineers Books The High Sierra - Peaks, Passes, Trails US Pacific States
$33
The Mountaineers Books Denali National Park - The Complete Visitors Guide US Pacific States
$20
Falcon Guides Hiking Vermont US Northeast
$16
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Guide to New Hampshire and Vermont US Northeast
$30
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes: Fort Collins US Mountain States
$15
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes: San Diego US Pacific States
$10
Falcon Guides Camping Arizona US Mountain States
$19
Menasha Ridge Press Best Tent Camping: Michigan US Midwest
$16
Westwater Books Belknap's Waterproof Grand Canyon River Guide US Mountain States
$25
National Geographic Georgia Recreation Atlas US South
$20 - $24
Falcon Guides Hiking Arizona'S Superstition & Mazatzal Country US Mountain States
$19
The Mountaineers Books Paddling the Columbia: A Guide to All 1200 Miles of Our Scenic & Historical River
$25
Falcon Guides Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest US Pacific States
$25
Falcon Guides Hiking Yellowstone National Park US Mountain States
$22 - $24
Falcon Guides Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon US Pacific States
$23
The Mountaineers Books Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume 2 US Pacific States
$28
Falcon Guides Road Biking Utah US Mountain States
$12
The Mountaineers Books Camping Washington US Pacific States
$20
Falcon Guides Camping Washington US Pacific States
$17
The Mountaineers Books Best Short Hikes in California's North Sierra US Pacific States
$16
Falcon Guides Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado US Mountain States
$22
Falcon Guides Hiking Joshua Tree National Park US Pacific States
$15
Lonely Planet Italy International
$28
Tiadaghton Forest Fire Fighters Association Black Forest Trail Guide US Northeast
$13
Appalachian Mountain Club AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic US South
$20
Falcon Guides Hiking New Jersey US Northeast
$20
Falcon Guides Teton Classics: 50 Selected Climbs in Grand Teton National Park US Mountain States
$13
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes: The Four Corners US Mountain States
$13
The Mountaineers Books Adventuring with Kids: Glacier National Park US Mountain States
$17
Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque US Mountain States
$10
Sharp End Publishing Favorite Hikes In & Around Zion National Park US Mountain States
$25
The Mountaineers Books Weekend Rock: Washington US Pacific States
$20
Wilderness Press Afoot and Afield San Diego County US Pacific States
$25
The Mountaineers Books Exploring Colorado's Wild Areas US Mountain States
$19
Countryman Press 50 Hikes in South Carolina US South
$20
Mountain N' Air Books Teton Rock Climbs US Mountain States
$27
Falcon Guides Hiking the Black Hills Country US Midwest
$15
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appalachian Trail Guide to Maine US Northeast
$30
Appalachian Mountain Club Quiet Water: New Hampshire and Vermont US Northeast
$20
The Mountaineers Books Weekend Rock: Oregon US Pacific States
$20
Wilderness Press Backpacking Oregon US Pacific States
$19
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