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About the Author

William L. Sullivan is the author of a dozen books about Oregon, including the popular “100 Hikes” series, “Oregon Trips & Trails,” and “Hiking Oregon’s History.” His journal of a 1000-mile hike he took across Oregon in 1985, “Listening for Coyote,” was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s “100 Books,” the 100 most significant books in the state’s history.
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Product Details

  • Series: 100 Hikes
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Navillus Press; 3 edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967783070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967783079
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,891 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hiking Doc on November 5, 2006
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I teach at OHSU. When visiting scholars come for the summer, I advise them to buy two books: (1) Hulley et al, "Designing Clinical Research," which is a technical book about the research methods we use in our research group; and (2) Sullivan, "100 Hikes in NW Oregon and SW Washington," for when they have free time. It has a table of contents that guides the reader/hiker to hikes of her or his level, and then for each hike provides detailed instructions about how to get there and which way to head on the trails. Easy to find a great hike, easy to navigate to the trailhead, and easy to find the route.

The Table of Contents has icons to indicate the length of the hike and whether it's suitable for children. One suggestion for the next edition would be to also provide icons indicating what the drive to the trailhead is like. This info is provided in the hike descriptions but there are trailheads I won't drive to in my low-riding vehicle and it would save time to have icons re: any car vs. SUV in the TOC.

But this is a great book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Oregon Dayhiker on May 23, 2007
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This updated NW Oregon hiking guide is an ideal daypack essential for visitors and residents alike. Bill is a peripatetic author whose slide shows I attend as often as I can, and this third edition was the subject of one of those. He's a friendly and most genial speaker/writer/ hiker whose words and pictures literally 'pop' from the page and propels the casual reader to 'take a hike'. The 2nd edition was good, but this edition's colorful photos of landscapes and wildflowers, plus traveler-friendly easy-to-follow directions and (new!) campgrounds/cabins listings puts it into the 'must-have' category. As a frequent hiker on Friends of the Columbia Gorge outings, I rely on his impeccably accurate descriptions of each hike. I also recommend Timberline Press Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest plus Moon Handbooks Columbia River Gorge for things to do before and after your explorations!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne E. Christie on August 1, 2006
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I highly recommend this book. I own several books of this type and William L. Sullivan's is the best of the bunch. His maps are useful and readable. His description of trails and routes are also valuable. I also recommend his book, "Listening for Coyote." This book documents his hike accross Oregon. It is very entertaining and a fun read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Crimson-Ribbon on February 16, 2008
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I checked the first edition of this book out from the library and then I didn't want to return it I liked it so much. A lot of other hiking books are hard to read and don't have pictures to help you visualize where you're going. When I saw the new edition with COLOR PICTURES, I had to buy it. This book is great-- it gives good directions, it has a picture for each hike, it even tells you if there is a campsite to say overnight or if you should expect crowds. Trail etiquette is also a good thing to include; hopefully people actually take it to heart. I love the handdrawn sketches of the trail; they do a great job of showing the topography of the hike. If you live in Portland and like getting out, this book should be at the top of your list. So many beautiful places so close by. There was one beautiful hike that was literally across the river from my favorite campsite, and I never would have found it without this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vintage PowerReader VINE VOICE on December 26, 2006
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I have lived in Oregon for twenty years, I bought one of the first editions of this book, found it on my shelf yesterday. I can say its the best hiking book around, reading it was a trip down memory lane. I have done a lot of hiking, biking, kayaking over the years. Bought a new copy , time to redo a lot of my favorite hikes, Hamilton Mountian, Dog mt.

This edition is improved, the flower guide is really nice.

The best feature of this book is the small sctech maps showing the elevation and trails. No, it does not replace a real map, but its nice to have a viusual. ( years ago I was doing the Ramona falls hike and I meet a couple backpacking arounf Mt. Hood without a map! and they were lost!)

If you want an guide to the best day hiking in the Portland area,this is it .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Wallingford on August 7, 2007
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If you live in the Portland area and like to hike, this book is a must own. Sullivan's reputation as the definitive source for hiking information is well deserved. And this wonderful, well-researched and incredibly detailed book is the only item I need when I am out hiking (aside from food and water)!

Not only does it serve as a clear and accurate guide to the hikes of the area, the book makes you feel as if you need to hike all of these hikes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Banks on March 5, 2009
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I have found Sullivan's hiking books to be the best ones for the regions he covers. They are not too verbose, but have clear enough directions that it is hard to get lost either finding the trailhead or on the hike. He doesn't take you to any dangerous spots without warning you, and the difficulty ratings are pretty accurate (at least for me.) I have hiked about 35% of the hikes in the book and have only found one error. When I emailed him about it, he was very grateful for the correction and promised to check it out before the next edition. He obviously is committed to the quality of his books and to the wilderness experience in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ally O'Malley on July 26, 2011
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I love Sullivan's hiking books for all the reasons mentioned previously. I took them for granted until a recent trip to Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Tetons. I purchased Falcon guides and they were horrible. Sullivan does an incredible job in his books in describing 1) difficulty of hike 2) trailhead directions 3) directions along the hike 4) sites to see along hike including flora. This is absolutely the book to own if you want to hike in the Portland area. I have multiple editions and the coastal range book as well. I will buy new editions as well. It makes me want to write a decent hiking guide for Glacier and the Tetons myself.
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