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Product Details

  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 1 edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594850941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594850943
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,005 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's written for many publications and is co-creator of Hikeoftheweek.com. He is the author of Best Hikes with Dogs Inland Northwest, Columbia Highlands: Exploring Washington's Last Frontier, as well as Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula and Day Hiking: North Cascades. Craig lives in Mount Vernon, Washington.

ALAN BAUER is a Northwest nature photographer whose work has been published in ma y magazines, newspapers, and guidebooks, including Day Hiking: South Cascades, and Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region. He lives in Fall City, Washington.


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Great book for the Cascades in Washington State.
Optimusprimelives
There is also a map for each hike and very detailed driving directions.
Allen D. Noble
We always find the hikes we are looking for very easily.
Chronepsis

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seattle Hiker on April 11, 2013
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I thought this book would cover the I-90 corridor as well but it mainly covers the route 2 corridor. It is laid out very well and not only am I keeping it but I am buying the Snoqualmie Pass region book too which does apparently cover the I-90 corridor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allen D. Noble on June 2, 2012
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I purchased this book to research some hikes on which to take my young son as we start backpacking together and have been thoroughly impressed. Mr. Romano definitely put a lot of research and attention into this book. There is a chart at the front giving an overview of the hikes with certain features noted in the table. Each hike has a small description of the hike, followed by a longer detailed description of the hike (including the the types of trees you encounter, the names of mountains you'll see on the horizon, etc). There is also a map for each hike and very detailed driving directions. I have seen different hiking books which don't have these kind of maps and it's difficult to picture the hike, these maps show the exact route and also have various symbols indicating camping sights, lookouts, wildflowers, etc. I was particularly glad to see that he shows campsites along the trail (even though this is a day hiking book) because we are interested in doing short backpacking trips and primitive camping along the trail. Also listed for each hike is a description of distance, elevation gain, etc. One feature I really appreciate is a graph for each hike which shows distance in miles on the x axis and elevation on the y axis for that particular hike. This way you can visualize the progression of the hike and how difficult it might be.

Overall this book is very well done and detailed. It includes a wide range of hikes from easy, kid friendly hikes to lung-busting journeys for the most experienced. I plan on getting several other books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Lind on March 10, 2011
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I love this whole series. This book is the one that first made me want to hike in the Central Cascade areas. They have color maps of where the hike is located plus a cheat sheet in the front of the main draws of the hike (wildflowers, waterfalls, views etc) which is so helpful on top of in-depth information on the hike and tips for hiking in the area in the front! I would recommend any of the books in the series for anyone wanting to hike in the PNW
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Optimusprimelives on December 14, 2013
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Great book for the Cascades in Washington State. We've used it to find easy hikes for our young kids. Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JDB on March 31, 2011
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I've read lots of hiking guidebooks, and this one by far gives the best information. Depending on what type of hike you're looking for, this guidebook breaks it down for you (scenery, degree of difficulty, maps you may need, time of year the hike is best). You'll never accidentally end up on a hike too hard, or too easy, and you'll always know what to expect before leaving the house. This is a must-have for any hiker or backpacker. Thanks, Craig!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alecia J. Rivas on March 14, 2011
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As one of my favorite guidebook authors, Craig Romano can count this book as another successful venture. Concise without missing details, and with clear directions not only for the trails themselves but for reaching the trail heads as well, along with tips on things to look out for, this book was a perfect selection for me, my family, and my hiking group (PNW Leisure Hiking). Since I live in the Central Puget Sound region, I'd been struggling to find easier day-hikes for us to try that were closer to our area (as opposed to North and South Cascades, the Olympic Peninsula, and the Columbia River Gorge areas), and this book fit the need perfectly! This is now one of the first books I reach for as I schedule out into 2011!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By psychtobe on November 10, 2012
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What I love about Romano's guides, and I have four of them, is that he has clearly hiked every hike he writes about. That means he's driven to the trailhead, too. That means the driving directions and trail tips are always spot on. Every hike has a little map, and every hike has a little legend as far as dificulty and distance, plus an elevation profile. There is a locator map at the front of the book, and there are a handful of color photos as well.

This book makes you want to get out on the trail. These are my go to guidebooks now, I use in combination with some others but this is the one I carry in my pack and have on my nightstand, staring at me, pulling me... The one I thumb through all winter long, earmarking the pages... Getting ready for summer...

This is a true hiker's guidebook.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chronepsis on March 22, 2013
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I have some of the other Day Hiking books by Craig Romano and they are all excellent. I haven't done all of the hikes, of course, but the ones we picked from the book were all very truthfully described and the directions are very good. We always find the hikes we are looking for very easily. He provides a plethora of information on each hike, so you can easily determine if a hike is suitable for your abilities and expectations. Each hike comes with a small map and an elevation sketch, so it's easy to see what you're getting yourself into.
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