Backpacking Pennsylvania Guidebook
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- Author: Jeff Mitchell
- ISBN: 9780811731805
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What makes this book a real winner is an outstanding introduction concerning various backpacking issues and challenges, and excellent geographical info for each trail described, especially in terms of trail conditions, locations of trailheads, and contact information. I have completed several of Pennsylvania's long-distance trails, especially in the central and north-central regions of the state, and given Mitchell's knowledgeable and accurate writing I can attest that he has either hiked these trails himself or has talked extensively with people who have.Read more ›
The book is organized geographically, which is useful. Unfortunately, there is no index of trails by park area, so it makes it a bit annoying if you want to look for a trail in a specific state park or forest area -- you have to look through each trail's entry and see if anything goes through the place you're interested in. (This is bad for me because I hike with my dog, and I can only set up camp with him in a state forest, not a state park.) A lot of the information you will want to know is summarized in bullet points at the front of each chapter (trail length, difficulty, trail condition, availability of water, etc.), which is nice because you don't have to read through a whole entry to figure out that a trail is too easy or hard for what you want.
All in all, this book is a great asset in planning a backpacking trip and useful enough as a trail guide to be worth carrying around on shorter trips. It has information on trails that you aren't likely to find in many other books; however, if you're planning on hiking a more established trail, or in an area that's got a lot of trails, you might be able to find a more specific/detailed guide.
Each trail narrative is preceded by a chart summarizing 13 "want-to-know" items for the trail: its length, approximate time needed for the trip, a difficulty rating, typical terrain and trail conditions, blazes, water supply, area vegetation, trail highlights, maintaining organizations, sources of maps/guides/contact information, and trailhead directions.
The trails are divided into seven geographical regions, with a map for each region showing the counties and general layouts and locations of the trails there. For each of the 37 trails, another map shows the local roads, towns, creeks, parks, and potential campsites and vistas. The narratives are sufficiently detailed that backpacker armed with this book would be able to save the purchase of many individual trail guides and maps, though these would offer more in-depth information on the history, geology, or other particulars.
This book is a great guide for planning backpacking ventures of appropirate duration, difficulty, and location in the Keystone state. I most recently backpacked the Bucktail Path and found Jeff's summary to be quite on-target. It should be in every Pennsylvania backpacker's library.
Other than that, I am planning to buy his guides on some other states. It was very helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
EXCELLENT resource book!! I have planned multiple trips using this book - very handy to have!
We recently returned from a 4 day backpacking trip chosen from this book! Thank you for suggesting the Loyalsock Link Loop. We loved it! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mohnkern Family
Good information. Would like to see more navigation aids in a reference like this.Published 16 months ago by Mark Horwedel
My wife and I recently did some overnight backpacking in the Loyal Sock/World's End area and some of his descriptions/directions were way out of date. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I have done half of one of the hikes in this book. The trail description was spot on. If I backpack again in Pennsylvania, it will be because of this book.Published on August 14, 2013 by Anonymous
Full of information regarding great hikes and trail specifics that help you plan a successful event. A must have for anyone looking to hike in PA.Published on June 9, 2013 by Henry Umphress
I love this book. I wish there were more like it - backpacking-specific recommendations. There are so many hiking books, but this is the only one of its kind I've found for PA. Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by Susan
I did not know that PA had so many trails that can be day hiked or for weeks on end. This is a good place to start if you want to see if you can handle it before trying to hike th... Read morePublished on September 10, 2007 by Amazon Customer