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Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula: Walks, Hikes and Backpacks through the Wild Landscapes of Alaska (Explorer's 50 Hikes) Paperback – July 7, 2008
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The book takes you on a tour that runs south from Anchorage. It starts at Byron Glacier and down to Seward. Then a backtrack from Seward to the Sterling Highway and abundant Skilak Lake trails. Continuing south we skip over Soldotna and the coastal communities and head directly to Anchor Point and Homer. The book ends with about 16 trails in Kachemak Bay State Park, (which is a bit much since you have to water taxi to the Park and such hikes are mostly practical for people staying in Homer for a few days.)
This menu offers a wide range of hiking and walking opportunities along the roads most frequented by visitors and so it is not only interestin but practical for an active tourist. There is plenty of information to help one gauge the challenges and rewards of each hike and Taz Tally's occasional personal comments are genial and welcome.
So, if you're trip planning and looking for an informative overview of your hiking options, this might work well for you. I found it very useful.
Tally opens with a chart rating all the hikes, from easy to very difficult. A map follows, showing the location of the hikes with respect to the road network. Next is an introduction to the Kenai, some recommendations on gear, and some wise safety precautions.
The bulk of the book is a chapter by chapter description of each hike, with a fairly detailed narrative, a graphic showing the route, and a few black and white photos for perspective. The 2008 publication date means the information is fairly current. The book should allow a fit hiker a good selection from which to choose a summer's worth of fine walking.
Tally recommends the National Geographic series maps of the Kenai. The 1:105,000 scale may a challenge for hikers unfamiliar with Alaska. Todd Communications Road and Recreation Maps offer an alternative with more detail. Also, Tally notes that a weapon is no substitute for safe, sensible behavior; on the other hand, in known bear country, it is sensible to have a Plan B.
"50 Hikes in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula" is very highly recommended to walkers, hikers, and backpackers looking for good information on where to go and what to look for.
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Just got back from a 10 day visit to Alaska. Used this book extensively during the trip for great hiking information. Very good book.Published 11 months ago by js15779