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Day Hikes Around Missoula, Montana: Including The Bitterroots And The Seeley-Swan Valley Paperback – March 19, 2013
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While I don't expect my hand to be held, what I do find inexcusable is the lack of GPS coordinates for the starting point, or trailhead, of any given hike. Even before GPS devices for driving and hiking became highly accurate and commercially available, the use of coordinates in describing a location should have been a standard in place for over two decades by now.
So while I do recommend these books it is with the caution that you will spend _at_least_ 30 minutes per hike just trying to pin down the actual starting location. And unless you are bent on burning through a lot of fuel in a foolish attempt to read and drive, I strongly recommend you use physical maps, Google Maps, or other mapping software to SEE and FIND where you are going on paper or computer first.
To be fair, Mr. Stone is not the only outdoor hiking series writer guilty of this. I really don't get it. Are the coordinates some kind of secret? Is there some joy I am missing in the attempt to understand the vaguely written directions? Are the writers afraid that the coordinates will suddenly cause an influx of city folk? The writers have allegedly been to the locations. Surely they are not foolishly hiking without maps. Therefore, they could have provided better directions.
Let the buyer beware.
I find this guide to be confusing and difficult to read. The maps are pencil drawings and the text of each hike is jumbled together is dense paragraphs. The descriptions of the hikes are very basic and many key elements to the hikes are left out.
There is zero interpretation or background of the area My only guess is that the author is unaware of the region and chose to write about it to extend his line of guidebooks outside of California. What more can you expect from a self-published book.
The hikes in this book are obvious choices for locals and it provides little else for visitors in the way of education or interpretation.
A visitor to the area would be better off with a newer style of book that provides detailed topographic maps and GPS accuracy for trailheads. I'm not sure that author has ever used a GPS when walking any of the hikes in this guide.
This book has been the only choice in a guide book for Missoula for a long time, but better, modern options exist.
The driving directions are simple to follow and exact, and every trail has its own accurate map.
I have purchased the book for family and friends, and everyone LOVES it! I recommend this book for anybody!
The detailed Table of Contents clearly lays out twelve different geographical hiking areas and the specific trails within them. The hikes are tied together with overview maps which are continually referenced back to throughout the book, allowing the reader a clear sense of the big picture, Each of the 102 hikes offered are carefully and accurately described including distance, time, elevation, description, directions, and maps. One is easily able to find and learn about a hike's level of difficulty to match one's own ability, from hiking novice to expert. The language and format of the book enables the reader to flow from page to page, ending in a well-documented index. Even the cover of the guide feels good to the touch and is washable, lending itself to being carried on the trail.
I have visited and hiked around the Missoula area for 10 years, and it is amazing how much I have learned from this book. Unexplored territory, nooks and crannies, nature-lore, and historical references add even more depth and breadth to the excellence of this thorough publication.
An astounding manual, reflecting the hard work and intense dedication of its author.
A must-have for hiking around Missoula!