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"A welcome addition in every local trail rat's library." -- Cascadia Weekly

"Both books [Day Hiking: Mount Rainier and Day Hiking: North Cascades] offer great, up-to-date info... Can't be without `em." -- The Seattle Times

"Day Hiking: Mount Rainier and Day Hiking: North Cascades, both from The Mountaineers Books, are strong additions to their expanding day hike series." -- Klamath Falls Herald and News

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Craig Romano has hiked every corner of the Evergreen State, logging more than 17,000 miles on the trail, from the San Juan Islands to the Salmo-Priest Wilderness, the Canadian border to the Columbia River Gorge. Craig writes for Hikeoftheweek.com and a long list of outdoor publications including Northwest Runner and Seattle Met. Craig has more than a dozen books to his credit. His Columbia Highlands: Exploring Washington's Last Frontier was recognized in 2010 as a Washington Reads book for its contribution to the state's cultural heritage.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594850488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594850486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I own a LOT of hiking books for the Pacific Northwest, specifically Washington State (and even more specifically, Eastern WA - but that's another story that some people seem to have a problem with). This is one book I bought especially because the author, Craig Romano, recommended it to me for a hike I was looking to have concerning hiking to a glacier. It doesn't get better than having the author hook you up! Kudos to Craig for being interested in not only hiking Washington but his readers.

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.
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Great book! I really liked the geographic coverage - although it has in-depth coverage of the North Cascades, it also includes a few hikes in the San Juans and lowland Puget Sound, which is great for those days where I'm going somewhere different. The book did a great job of presenting the hikes visually - the maps were clear, and it was obvious which trail was which when two hikes shared a portion of trail before branching apart. Plus, when two hikes were substantially similar, the book didn't pretend they were different hikes in order to exaggerate the number of hikes included, and instead just described them side by side. I've already done a number of the hikes included in the book, and can't wait to try some more. Bring on the summer sun!
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By Dill on September 10, 2013
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I was shocked when I got this book. It is pretty small, which I guess could come in handy for travel, but it is a little hard to read & find places you are looking for. Nice book, very well made, just dont like the fact that it is a little hard to read because it is so compact.
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I have another guide, Exploring Washington's Wild Areas: A Guide for Hikers, Backpackers, Climbers, Cross-Country Skiers, Paddlers, which is another excellent reference for hikers. That book is more comprehensive and a bit larger than this Day Hiking North Cascades: Mount Baker, Mountain Loop Highway, San Juan Islands book. The former, albeit a bit dated (first published in the 90's) covers longer backpacking treks as well as the shorter day hikes that are in the latter (first published in 2008). I just wanted to contrast the two, as they are both excellent guides for different applications.

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.
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Ordered in hardcopy. Didn't arrive as promised for trip to North Cascades. Downloaded Kindle version. Left for trip. Very frustrating trying to read charts that would not increase in size, although the text would. Gave up trying to go from page to page. When we returned from our trip we had the hardcopy waiting for us at home. Looks like it would have been a very useful guide for day hikes. AMAZON was great in providing refunds for both versions. Maybe I'm just too old fashioned, but I need something where I can bounce around from page to page when using a reference guide.
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Very nice book! About half the size of a standard piece of paper, so it fits into a pack with ease. I have others from the same author, all are good! Nice to have options for long and short hikes depending on how much time I have that day. I like reading about hikes in books as they narrow the search compared to online searching. Maps and distances and time are all there. I can go online afterwards if more info is needed.
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Digital/Kindle edition, 2008... I've got only positive things to say about the choice of hikes and the description to which author Craig Romano adds to the selections. His descriptions are accurate and informative. However, copy editor Julie Van Pelt did a very poor job. I know this is a hiking guide and not a novel, but there is at least one grammar error in practically every hike description.

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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