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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594850488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594850486
  • 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 (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A welcome addition in every local trail rat's library." -- Cascadia Weekly

"Both books [Day Hiking: Mount Rainier and Day Hiking: North Cascades] offer great, up-to-date info... Can't be without `em." -- The Seattle Times

"Day Hiking: Mount Rainier and Day Hiking: North Cascades, both from The Mountaineers Books, are strong additions to their expanding day hike series." -- Klamath Falls Herald and News

About the Author

CRAIG ROMANO was raised in New Hampshire where he fell in love with the natural world. He has traveled extensively, from Alaska to Argentina and Sicily to South Korea, seeking wild and beautiful places. He ranks Washington State, his home since 1989, among the most beautiful places in the world and he has thoroughly hiked it from Cape Flattery to Puffer Butte, Cape Disappointment to the Salmo-Priest. But he still misses the East Coast, especially when it comes to getting a decent Italian meal. Craig holds a BA in history, a master's degree in education, and an AA in Forestry. An avid hiker, runner, kayaker, and cyclist, Craig has written about his passions for many publications, including Canoe and Kayak, Northwest Runner, AMC Outdoors, Backpacker and The North Columbia Monthly. Trails editor for Outdoors Northwest, he is also the author of Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest, Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, and Columbia Highlands: Exploring Washington's Last Frontier, all published by The Mountaineers Books. He lives in Skagit County, Washington, close to the North Cascades and San Juan Islands.

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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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This book is very thorough, accurate, easy to read, and very inspiring.
Dino
The star ratings were easy to use, the elevation profiles very helpful, and the hike descriptions were outstanding.
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The minute you start reading this book, you will want to get your boots on and go hiking.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hikey on April 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great book! I really liked the geographic coverage - although it has in-depth coverage of the North Cascades, it also includes a few hikes in the San Juans and lowland Puget Sound, which is great for those days where I'm going somewhere different. The book did a great job of presenting the hikes visually - the maps were clear, and it was obvious which trail was which when two hikes shared a portion of trail before branching apart. Plus, when two hikes were substantially similar, the book didn't pretend they were different hikes in order to exaggerate the number of hikes included, and instead just described them side by side. I've already done a number of the hikes included in the book, and can't wait to try some more. Bring on the summer sun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy Camper on March 3, 2014
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I own a LOT of hiking books for the Pacific Northwest, specifically Washington State (and even more specifically, Eastern WA - but that's another story that some people seem to have a problem with). This is one book I bought especially because the author, Craig Romano, recommended it to me for a hike I was looking to have concerning hiking to a glacier. It doesn't get better than having the author hook you up! Kudos to Craig for being interested in not only hiking Washington but his readers.

Like the another book I own, Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes, each hike is loaded with information about difficulty, distance, elevation gain or loss, when the trail is open, directions to get there, etc.

Romano's clearly written descriptions keep the reader both entertained and educated. His use of topographic maps allow you to see before getting there what you'll be up against. This surely is one of the best parts of the book.

You keep writing 'em, Craig, and I'll keep buying 'em.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Dill on September 10, 2013
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I was shocked when I got this book. It is pretty small, which I guess could come in handy for travel, but it is a little hard to read & find places you are looking for. Nice book, very well made, just dont like the fact that it is a little hard to read because it is so compact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bill on April 23, 2012
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I have another guide, Exploring Washington's Wild Areas: A Guide for Hikers, Backpackers, Climbers, Cross-Country Skiers, Paddlers, which is another excellent reference for hikers. That book is more comprehensive and a bit larger than this Day Hiking North Cascades: Mount Baker, Mountain Loop Highway, San Juan Islands book. The former, albeit a bit dated (first published in the 90's) covers longer backpacking treks as well as the shorter day hikes that are in the latter (first published in 2008). I just wanted to contrast the two, as they are both excellent guides for different applications.

I needed a more portable book to lug around in my backpack featuring shorter day hikes, as I'm lucky if I get one day off per week. I live in Skagit County, right smack in the middle of the hikes featured in this book, and based on others' reviews, I decided to buy this one. I'm glad I did! It is extremely thorough and well-written. The author, Craig Romano, clearly has an appreciation for the area and does a wonderful job of classifying each one of the hikes based on rating, difficulty, distance, elevation, and what season the specific hike is open. There are also other features outlined, such as dog-friendly, bike-friendly, camp locale, etc. There are many photo's showcasing the highlights to each one of these hikes.

I have "dogeared" many pages of this book, highlighted the points of interest of hikes that I am interested in, and I have already explored a couple hikes nearby my home (I've owned this book for about two weeks). Mr.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joepet75 on September 6, 2012
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Ordered in hardcopy. Didn't arrive as promised for trip to North Cascades. Downloaded Kindle version. Left for trip. Very frustrating trying to read charts that would not increase in size, although the text would. Gave up trying to go from page to page. When we returned from our trip we had the hardcopy waiting for us at home. Looks like it would have been a very useful guide for day hikes. AMAZON was great in providing refunds for both versions. Maybe I'm just too old fashioned, but I need something where I can bounce around from page to page when using a reference guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce E. Watkins on June 2, 2014
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This book looked absolutely brand new. The text is organized by length of hikes; very knowledgeable and complete. Thank you !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nirnus on March 2, 2014
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After I recently moved to Washington, this book became my go to Bible for outdoor adventures. Its a great guide for new and experienced hikers. Thank you Mr. Romano for making my move to WA even more enjoyable!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Koscianski on September 24, 2011
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An outstanding guide book for the new comer. Craig Romano's rating system makes it easy to choose the right hike. His descriptions of the trail, and directions to the trail head are ACCURATE. The book itself fits easily into a day pack. Comparing this guide to others my wife and I have used in the Teton's and the Rockies, this book should be the model for all trail guides. We just returned from the Cascades and after two of the more strenuous hikes I feel that this guide helped make it a very successful trip.
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