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About the Author

Craig Romano is an avid hiker, runner, kayaker, and cyclist. He is the author of several Mountaineers Books titles. Craig lives in Mount Vernon, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594851107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594851100
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig grew up in rural New Hampshire where he fell in love with the natural world. A former backcountry ranger in the White Mountain National Forest, ski bum in Vermont, and hiking guide in the Pyrenees of France and Spain; the outdoors are his calling! He has traveled extensively, from Alaska to Argentina, Sicily to South Korea, seeking wild and spectacular landscapes. He ranks Washington State, his home since 1989, among the most beautiful places on the planet and he has thoroughly hiked it, over 17,000 miles worth from Cape Flattery in the NW to Puffer Butte in the SE; Cape Disappointment in the SW to the Salmo-Priest Wilderness in the NE.
An avid hiker, runner, paddler, and cyclist, Craig has written about these passions for over a dozen publications, including; Backpacker, Paddler, Northwest Travel, Northwest Runner, AMC Outdoors, Seattle Met, and Outdoors NW. Content writer for Hikeoftheweek.com, he is the author of nine books and co-author of five others. He is currently working on 100 Classic Hikes of Washington (Mountaineers Books) to be released in 2016. He holds several degrees; an AA in Forestry from White Mountains Community College (NH), a BA in history and a Masters in education from the University of Washington. He lives with his wife, son and two cats in Skagit County near the North Cascades and San Juan Islands.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Wilson on September 13, 2011
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We purchased this book on backpacking trips in Washington State at the beginning of the summer in hopes that we could do a few this summer. We indeed did find time for two of the trips detailed in this book. We used the "overview" section to determine which trips were in our desired mileage and elevation gain range. We found the descriptions accurate and helpful. The map provided an overview of the trail and campsite locations while the "trip planner" gave us an idea of distances between landmarks. We especially liked the "Extending Your Trip" section that gives ideas for side trips.

We also purchased two of Craig Romano's day-hiking books which are written in a similar format. We went on many of the day-hikes detailed in these other two books and found them very useful. We look forward to enjoying many more backpacking and day-hiking trips described in these books. They are the perfect resource for year-around hiking in Washington State.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenetta on September 13, 2011
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Just picked this book up a few weeks ago and I'm already loving it. There is so much good information packed inside this little book. And it is little. It could easily come with you on your hike. The hikes are spelled out so clearly with tons of information about each one. I especially love the Trips-at-a-glance section because it allows me to compare several hikes at once to find just the right fit. There are sections with good advice at the beginning of the book for backpackers just starting out or for veterans to review the basics. Each hike includes contact information for the ranger districts, which maps you need, special concerns for the trails, permits needed, etc. Tons of information! I can't wait to hike each one of these hikes in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mystery White Boy on August 16, 2011
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Craig's books are considered to be among the best of the Northwest--and for good reason. He has a true understanding of the areas he goes to and provides all of the pertinent information for each hike with impeccable detail. This translates into transporting you as though you're along for the trek. Because the hikes are longer, there's much more to write about--and Craig's passion for Washington shines through these pages. He's not merely reporting facts, he's invested in these place. This makes a huge difference between a good book and a great book--this is a great book.

The Preface is wonderfully written and beautifully captures the essence of this majestic state. His story about his first hike through High Divide says it all. In other words: he gets it. I was caught off guard (in a good way) by this. It made the rest of the book that much more special.

I own several of his books (as well as other Washington hiking/backpacking books) and have to say this is the creme de la creme of them all. If you're even considering buying this, hesitate no further. Buy it now, then hit the trails!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By By CJs Pirate on July 1, 2013
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I'm always looking for quick get away ideas. Whether it's backpacking or camping, I like to know what's available.

This book offers 70 overnight and multiday hikes. The reason I gave it only 4 stars was because out of those 70, only 6 were in Eastern WA. We DO have a lot more to offer than 8-1/2% of the hikes.

Not having taken any suggested hikes, I cannot vouch for the information accuracy. I will say it was nicely laid out with directions to trailhead, permits required (if any), points of contact, special features and special concerns addressed before the write-up instead of that information being buried in the text.

I look forward to crossing off a few of these hikes this summer, hopefully.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on March 9, 2014
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Very detailed. Has maps, and pretty much everything you would want to know. What kind of animals their are, if its good for photography, animal friendly, camp sites, how hard it is to complete, how high it gets, during what seasons it is open, distance, round trip, if its super full, and a detailed description, as if you were walking through it.

I wish I had gotten the hard copy, which is why I took a star, not that the book had anything wrong. it keeps freezing and its hard to manage which trails I like.

the trails are divided by area in the table of contents, so you can choose an area then see all the trails in that area.
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By QuilterRN on July 25, 2012
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After checking this book out at our local library several times, I figured it was time to own a copy. I have several other Craig Romano books and was, once again, NOT disappointed with "Backpacking Washington". There are many backpacking trips described, with several tips and hints to make each trip safer and more enjoyable, including alerts, water availability and permit information. I've started marking the dates I completed each trip in all of my Craig Romano books. This book is small enough to be carried with you, yet contains more info than many larger books. I look forward to enjoying this book for many years!
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My son lives in Seattle and was the beneficiary of this book last Christmas. He ventures into the outdoors almost weekly and this book has become his main source of planning those treks. Upon his advice I have given it five stars. He claims to have not found an inaccuracy yet and states also the book has saved him a lot of planning time. Recommended....
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