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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 16,000 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 eight books and co-author of three others. He is currently working on Day Hiking San Juan and Gulf Islands (Mountaineers Books 2014)and Day Hiking Mount St Helens, co-authored with Aaron Theisen (Mountaineers Books 2015). 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 Heather and cats Giuseppe and Mazie in Skagit County.

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Many good hikes w/ good descriptions, pictures and direction info.
JannieB
If you have options for a hiking/backpacking book for a certain area and Craig Romano is one of them, I would highly recommend Romano's books.
Dennis
Just picked this book up a few weeks ago and I'm already loving it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Hugh 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DA on September 13, 2011
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Love this book, small enough to bring along on any trip..and easy to find what you are looking for!! Love the short but informative writings on each hike!
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1 of 1 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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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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I purchased this book after browsing through it in the store. I saw that it had broken down long trips into shorter segments, so you could hike 5 miles on a trail and camp for the night in stead of 25 miles. It even had suggestions for some saying, "this would be a great place to stop for a first timer or younger kids." I must have looked at just the right few trips in the store though because the intro to the book actually says that this book is specifically for long multi day hikes. And only some of the hikes are suitable for short distances. Still the book is a good resource, and very informative. I won't knock the author for my lack of research.
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By EJH on August 27, 2013
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I recently moved to WA and needed a starter guide to the area. This provided that and much more - I think it would serve beginners and experienced Washtonians (is that even a word) alike. Great reviews of backpacking trips - it has great descriptions of how to get to the trailhead, what to expect, etc.
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By David S. Warren on August 9, 2013
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If you're looking for trips of several days, this is for you. He doesn't cover, e.g., two week trips like Wonderland, etc. Very well formatted and organized. Love it.
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