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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle: Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma Paperback – August 18, 2009
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As I thumbed the pages of "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle," I quickly moved from bored to engaged to engrossed. This book was good! In addition to finding dozens of previously overlooked trails within a short drive of my Seattle home, I learned many new and fascinating details about the places I've been hiking for years. The trail descriptions are accurate and appropriately detailed. The navigational instruction are clear and include useful visual landmarks in addition to the usual distance cues. What's best though, is that into the brief trail write-ups Weber and Stevens manage to weave bits of local history, trivia and entertaining lore that greatly enhance the hiking experience. I even found myself reading several sections aloud to my travelling companion. Finally, the authors also understand that sometimes the best hiking tip is not the trail itself, but the location of the local frosty mug or renowned double deluxe burger at trails end!
Whether you are new in town, just visiting, or a soggy Seattle native like myself, "60 Hikes" makes a great addition to your recreation library.
The hikes can all be done as day trips from Seattle: The maximum driving distance from Seattle is 60 miles, except for the Mt Rainier hikes, which are more like 60 miles as the crow flies. Come to think of it, the driving time would be a more relevant criteria than the distance, but of course that wouldn't make for such a nice title.
The format of the book is quite practical. In particular, I appreciate the trailhead GPS coordinates, the easily accessible and detailed overview map, and the trail elevation profiles. There are more than a dozen criteria for choosing a hike, including trail length, crowdedness and various scenic features. Only, I wish this information was presented in a table rather than in list form, which makes choosing hikes based on multiple criteria a bit tedious.
I wasn't too enthusiastic about the schematic trail maps that lack topographic information. However all the trails I've seen so far were well marked, so this didn't turn out to be a big issue. On the other hand the book could use more pictures and perhaps less text: In this context, a picture (with a good caption) really can be worth a thousand (or at least a few hundred...) words.
Before you leave on any of the hikes, be sure to check with the WSDOT and the relevant park authorities that the roads to the trail (and the trail itself) are accessible. Look for recent trail reports on the WTA's site.Read more ›
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A little dated, written in 2008-09, but most of it still applies. You can even find some great past times from Washington with this, even if the trails aren't maintained any... Read morePublished 1 month ago by paws
Perfect. Just what I was looking for and I can't wait to try more hikes. Did a couple hikes already and was happy with how clear this book was to explain what to expect and what to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aaron Yim
I really like this book. It is a good size and seems to be accurate in its' descriptions.Published 4 months ago by Ron R. Tuttle
It leaves out some hikes I know about, but it has so many more that I hadn't known of before.Published 5 months ago by Geo. Crawford