- Series: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press (June 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897320425
- ISBN-13: 978-0897320429
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg: Including Lancaster, York, and Surrounding Counties Paperback – June 28, 2008
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Matt Willen has lived in Pennsylvania for the past fifteen years, during which he has explored many of the state's hiking trails and kayaked many of its rivers. He is currently a professor at Elizabethtown College, where he teaches courses in professional writing. He lives on a farm outside of the town of Hershey.
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Like all the books in the series, this 60 hikes in 60 miles has a lot of good features for helping you select a hike. Aside from difficulty ratings and an elevation profile, each trail description has a decent sketch map and the write ups for each route are incredibly detailed. The author divides the book into 4 quadrants around Harrisburg, northeast and northwest, as well as corresponding southeast and west. Surprisingly, he does a good job allocating hikes in each area equally. My friend and I, with a few days to kill in the area, managed to use this book with relative ease to do two to three hikes of various lengths a day, each in a different section. We loved it. My only complaint was that, in numbering the hikes, the author sometimes failed to put hikes close to each other in sequence, which necessitated flipping around pages on my kindle reader, but it was not too difficult.
A bigger problem with the whole series is that 60 hikes just does not begin to do justice to the region. Happily, using this book will get you to several state parks and forests (our favorite was Pine Grove Furnace State Park) where a visit to the ranger station will get you a map and a plethora of additional hiking options, often in the form of short nature trails (this book focuses on hikes of intermediate length, roughly four to eight miles). And so, like any good guidebook should, this one introduces you to the best, and provides many options for further exploration. I will return later this summer to take advantage of those.
We can't wait until the weather permits us to start hiking!