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Product Details

  • Series: Done in a Day
  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159485047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594850479
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Romano is one of the better guidebook writers around... there's a lot to like about this book." -- Seattle PI

"The most comprehensive guide to day hiking on the Olympic Peninsula." -- WowWeather.com

"The newest, Craig Romano's Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula is easily the best of the lot.." -- Voice of the Wild Olympics

"The series has a new look, with clear graphics, detailed maps, elevation profiles and plenty of informative sidebars." -- Washington Trails magazine

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.

More About the Author

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 appears to be very thorough.
C BELANGER
The book is in my car just in case I come upon a turnoff that will take me on a new hike.
Priscilla K. Stockner
Driving directions are helpful and accurate.
RON KAPLAN

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Mullene on May 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book yesterday at the mountaineers bookstore after patiently waiting for it for weeks and I'm happy to say the wait was most definitely worth the wait.

This title is a great revision of the classic '100 hikes' series perfectly geared for the modern hiker. The text is much more concise and direct with much clearer maps and directions. Gone are the Harvey Manning style trail reviews that often turned into personal meditations where meaning and fact had to be gleaned with much care. As is evident by the title, the focus is also entirely on Day Hiking, with a scant minority of the hikes exceeding 10 miles round trip. This is in sharp contrast to the classic hikes series in which most volumes were heavily slanted toward multi-day backpacking treks. This probably bodes well for the old series staying in print as it will still have a definitive niche. There is also a much greater emphasis given to year round hikes with many low elevation destinations included in the whopping 125 hikes listed in the book.

My one complaint would be that the snazzy 'hike overview chart' at the beginning of the book misses out on a few helpful details that would make finding a desirable hike quickly easier, specifically these details would be elevation gain, specific months accessible and the subjective star rating of the hike's overall quality that. All these details are of course available for each hike in the meat of the book. What is included in the overview chart are things such as whether or not the hike is accessible year round, what scenic features each possesses, and subjective difficulty level on a 1-6 scale. Amusingly only one hike rates a 6 for difficulty which translates to "beyond strenuous".

Overall a great launch to a new series. I'm highly looking forward to the Snoqualmie & South Cascades editions (both written by a different author) and hopefully many more to come after that!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Oliver on April 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have been patiently waiting for this book to release ever since Father's Day of 2006. I met author Craig Romano on the trail and he featured individual pictures of me and my dad in two areas of this guide. At first, I wanted to pick up the book for its sentimental value but as I began to look through the pages I realized that there were a plethora of trails to choose from. I came across trails I have never seen written up in any guide book including the Theler Wetlands in Belfair, Twanoh State Park near Union and Penrose Point State Park. The driving directions and trail descriptions are highly accurate and there is a quick breakdown of each hike outlining the difficulty, open seasons, corresponding maps and accessibility. Each hike has been meticulously researched and it is evident that a great amount of time and effort went in to making this book as accurate and descriptive as possible. Out of all of the Olympic Peninsula trail guides I have read, this is quite possibly the best out there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book along with Erik Molvar's "Easy Day Hikes Olympic National Park" and between the two of them I was able to quickly locate and choose the exact hikes that not only fit my schedule, but my difficulty level, and time frame. I would recommend this to anyone planning a trip to the Olympic Peninsula.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chicago girl on April 4, 2009
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I purchased this book before a 10 day hiking trip to the Olympic Peninsula and it is great. All of the hikes we did in the book were good (even hikes he only gave 1 star - if it is in the book at all, it is an enjoyable hike) and the write-ups give you a surprisingly good idea of what the hike will be like. The book is also more current that others that I purchased. For planning, it has a map in front that tells you what is near to what and what sort of terrain trails will cover.

Each section contains a summary (rating of 1 star to 5 stars, difficulty, length, elevation gain and maximum altitude, and the suggested season); maps; how to drive to the trail; and an "Extending your trip" section with suggestions for add-ons to make the hike a little longer or a little more interesting.

Overall an excellent book, and the only guide you need to plan your trip. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elbert D. Porter on May 18, 2013
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I originally rated the Kindle edition two stars here, because I found the maps were too small to read. No matter what device I used, all the maps were much smaller than those in the print edition, and too small to read. But another reader pointed out that you can double-click the images, and that opens them up to adequate size.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MdS1791 on August 8, 2012
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The Mountain Press books are the quintessential guide for finding the best hikes in the area. These books are frequently referenced on the Washington Trails Association, Meetup and other hiking/backpacking groups.
The Olympic Peninsula guide has hikes in and outside of the Olympic National Park including Buckhorn Wilderness and the Olympic National Forest. The book provides a visual map with hikes broken down by the Pacific coast, Kitsap peninsula and zones by general compass point areas in the Olympic peninsula (e.g. - South, northwest, northeast, etc).
A table showing a summary of highlights, difficulty and distance of each hike is also listed in the front of the book.
Each hike shows driving directions to the trailhead however for the more difficult to find trailheads on primitive roads (e.g. -National Forest roads) it would be wise to not solely rely on the directions and milemarkers which he lists but rather do your research ahead of time and double check the directions using the map coordinates which he also includes for each trailhead location.
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