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Day Hiking North Cascades: Mount Baker, Mountain Loop Highway, San Juan Islands Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Like the another book I own, Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes, each hike is loaded with information about difficulty, distance, elevation gain or loss, when the trail is open, directions to get there, etc.
Romano's clearly written descriptions keep the reader both entertained and educated. His use of topographic maps allow you to see before getting there what you'll be up against. This surely is one of the best parts of the book.
You keep writing 'em, Craig, and I'll keep buying 'em.
I needed a more portable book to lug around in my backpack featuring shorter day hikes, as I'm lucky if I get one day off per week. I live in Skagit County, right smack in the middle of the hikes featured in this book, and based on others' reviews, I decided to buy this one. I'm glad I did! It is extremely thorough and well-written. The author, Craig Romano, clearly has an appreciation for the area and does a wonderful job of classifying each one of the hikes based on rating, difficulty, distance, elevation, and what season the specific hike is open. There are also other features outlined, such as dog-friendly, bike-friendly, camp locale, etc. There are many photo's showcasing the highlights to each one of these hikes.
I have "dogeared" many pages of this book, highlighted the points of interest of hikes that I am interested in, and I have already explored a couple hikes nearby my home (I've owned this book for about two weeks). Mr.Read more ›
For example, whether it's referring to North Cascades National Park, as National "Pork" (loc. 3526), granite slabs as "granite slobs" (loc. 3449), calling Eldorado peak "Ekdorado" (loc. 3473), forgetting to put spaces between words like "sparklingjewel" (loc. 3391), or things like "...travels,4 very difficult..." (loc. 3544), or the formatting mess (loc. 3689) that is entirely different than the completely bold-faced introductory paragraphs found throughout the guide - instead, this one has random words in bold that just yell at you like a college boy shooting fireworks on the 4th of July. It's painful..."If you wont solitude, it's here. There ore some fair views..." (loc. 3987). So many mistakes are there, it makes you wonder if the copy was even proof read at all.
I point this out in my review because the sheer number of mistakes takes away from the experience of the guide itself and the Mountaineers series in general. The mistakes are simply unnecessary.
I give it four stars out of five for content, and the oversight in editing takes it down to three. I've returned this version, and I'll check the hard copy in a brick and mortar store to see if they have updated it.
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Excellent for planning trips in North Cascades National Park and Mt Baker Area.
Precisely clear descriptions, maps, and most useful, rating - just choose a trip and follow... Read more
Was a great asset for our visit to Northern Washington State. It provided a lot of good info to plan out hikes.Published 7 months ago by Bonecrusher
Great book, very precise on directions getting to the trail head.Published 13 months ago by Nick Murphy
Excellent writing style and, so far, his description of the trails have proven accurate. Wish the pictures were in color though. That would have earned it 5 stars.Published 14 months ago by Samantha Bates
Love this entire series of books. Very informative & incredibly helpful! I take them everywhere. Plus, purchasing the book series gives back a little to Washington Trails... Read morePublished 15 months ago by K Hodge
Lots of great hikes, mostly in Spring/Summer to Fall timeframe. Well described. A wonderful resource.Published 17 months ago by John R. Hurd
I love this collection of books and think they are an essential series for the avid hiker. Small; light weight easy to pack and has exceelent hikesPublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good information, but small type, somewhat difficult to read for us older folks.Published 21 months ago by SCOTT G HILSEN