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Oregon was settled by walkers. Not only did North America's first tribes arrive here on foot via an Alaskan land bridge, but most of the Oregon Trail's pioneers walked -- hiking beside their covered wagons toward the dream they called Oregon.

Today the best way to explore the region's history is still by trail. On Tillamook Head, for example, you can retrace the Lewis and Clark expedition's steps through the rainforest, breathing the tangy salt air they breathed upon discovery of a sudden Pacific Ocean viewpoint. In Hells Canyon you can hike amid towering badlands on the actual route of Chief Joseph's tragic trail of tears. In Southern Oregon you can prowl through redwood groves to the bomb crater left by a daring Japanese attack in World War II. Gold mines, lookout towers, and wagon trails -- the story of Oregon is printed on the land for hikers to read. Oregon's grandest museum is the great outdoors. This book is your ticket of admission. -- Anonymous Reviewer

About the Author

William L. Sullivan is the author of seven books and numerous articles about Oregon, including a regular outdoor column for Eugene Weekly. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Sullivan began hiking at the age of five and has been exploring new trails ever since. After receiving an English degree from Cornell University and studying at Germany's Heidelberg University, he earned an M.A. from the University of Oregon.

In 1985 Sullivan set out to investigate Oregon's wilderness on a 1,361-mile solo backpacking trek from the state's westernmost shore at Cape Blanco to Oregon's easternmost point in Hells Canyon. His journal of that two-month adventure, published as "Listening for Coyote," was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and topped the New York Times' year-end review of travel books.

Sullivan's hobbies include backcountry ski touring, playing the harpsichord, reading Danish novels, and promoting libraries. He and his wife Janell live in Eugene, but spend summers in a log cabin they built by hand on a roadless stretch of Oregon's Siletz River.

Sullivan has also authored a popular series of "100 Hikes" guidebooks to the regions of Oregon. Titles in that series include "100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon," covering Mt. Hood, the Columbia Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, and the Portland area; "100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades," covering the popular Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Bend, and Eugene areas; "100 Hikes in Southern Oregon," including Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue River, the Siskiyous, the Trinity Alps, and Mt. Shasta; and "100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range," describing not only the hiking trails of the scenic Pacific shore, but also the campgrounds, beaches, lighthouses, aquariums, canoeing/kayaking options, bicycle paths, and birdwatching sites.

Sullivan's next book, "A Deeper Wild," will be published in April, 2000. Fifteen years in the writing, this historical novel is based on the true adventures of Joaquin Miller, the swashbuckling Oregon Country gold miner, editor, pony express rider, horse thief, and county judge who won international renown in 1872 as the "Poet of the Sierras."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Navillus Press (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961815272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961815271
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of three novels and a dozen nonfiction books, Sullivan grew up in Salem, Oregon. He completed his B.A. degree in English at Cornell University under Alison Lurie, studied linguistics at Germany's Heidelberg University, and earned an M.A. in German at the University of Oregon. He reads in a dozen languages, plays the pipe organ, and enjoys backcountry ski expeditions.
Sullivan is known in the American West as the author who backpacked more than a thousand miles across Oregon's wilderness in 1985. His journal of that adventure, "Listening for Coyote," has since been chosen one of Oregon's "100 Books," the most significant books in state history.
In summer he writes at the log cabin that he and his wife Janell Sorensen built by hand in the wilds of Oregon's Coast Range, more than a mile from roads, electricity, and telephones. The rest of the year they live in Eugene, Oregon, where he volunteers to promote libraries and literature.
A list of Sullivan's books, speaking engagements, and favorite adventures is at www.oregonhiking.com .

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Carpenter on January 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
After moving to Oregon a few months ago, I discovered this gem of a book. While most hiking books will have plenty of information about where to go and what to see, I've never seen one that's just plain fun to read before. The book is full of interesting and amusing stories that will keep you turning pages late into the night. And, even better, the places that are described--you can hike them! One "hike" described is through downtown Portland that describes the flood of 1894 (among other things). Sullivan writes, "Chinese locals staged a gala boat race from the New Market Theater up Second Street to Stark and back on First. Winning time for the eight-block course was five minutes flat, a record that is likely to stand for some time." Last weekend I did the Tillamook Head hike (#11). If you haven't heard the story behind Tillamook Lighthouse located a mile offshore, pick up this book and read about it. You won't be disappointed! It's the best darned hiking book I've ever read in my life!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cameron D. Ferschweiler on June 7, 2007
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I really enjoyed this book. I own all of his hiking books and have done about 50-60 different hikes (some many times) because of him. I have lived in Oregon all of my life and did not know many of these stories that William tells in this book. My favorite part is about Silver Creek Falls State Park and how they use to float cars over the South Falls for tourists to view for ten cents. I also like the story about the building of the lighthouse on an island of off Tillamook.

I highly recomend this book and I hope William Sullivan writes more history books, because he is very well researched and is a very good author with an easy to follow writing style.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2000
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My husband bought me this book because we're moving to Oregon; I'm thrilled with it, both the book and the move. Mr. Sullivan's writing style is wonderful. It is amazing what this guy knows about every nook and cranny of the state. I am eager to explore the terrain the author describes and look forward to reading his other books on hiking in Oregon. Every travel or hiking book should strive to be as informative and interesting as this one. Alas, its rarely the case. This is a special book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By neverstopexploring on May 29, 2010
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This is possibly the most fascinating book I have ever read. Sullivan takes you on a tour of Oregon while telling numerous stories pertaining to the history of the places he takes you. There are many stories about unlikely events, such as a short railroad that was built over Santiam Pass, but never went anywhere. And there's the story of Bayocean, a city that washed away due to a poorly engineered jetty. I have read this book about 4X and it never ceases to amaze me. It's a great guidebook if you are able to get out and do the hikes, but it's also interesting even if you never make it to the places the author writes about. Highly recommended book!
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I bought this book ages ago. You won't find another book that details as many historical locations and hikes in Oregon. I wish this book was part of a series with a book for each state. The depth of detail in most of the stories is second to none. With the information available in this book, hiking and exploring something in-person goes from "interesting" to feeling like you are really experiencing and re-living part of history. Very similar to how watching a movie based on a true story makes it better.
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By J. Bolin on February 22, 2012
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I purchased this book for my wife and I since we are going to relocate to Oregon. Well, this is a well written book and has a lot of historical sites to see. My wife just loves the content of the book and just couldn't put it down for hours. We are really looking forward to visit all the places listed in the book. Will keep you posted on our accomplishments.
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By Chris on February 10, 2013
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Big Sullivan fan here and West Coast history fan in general. Been to many of the places listed (using other Sullivan books)but this gives more detail of those places.
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By Robin's mom on July 6, 2010
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You'll enjoy this book if you're interested in history and the outdoors. I think you'd like it whether you're a native Oregonian or a newcomer.
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