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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC: Including Suburban and Outlying Areas of Maryland and Virginia (2nd Edition) (60 Hikes - Menasha Ridge) Paperback – March 2, 2007
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"A handy new guidebook close to home."--Potomac Review
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As a previous reviewer said, sometimes the descriptions are inconsistent, vacillating between lots of detail and micromanaging the turns, then a will switch to long intervals with no description. So, honestly, prepare for a wrong turn or backtracking; I've had to do that more than once using this book. As the book suggests, you should NOT use this guide as your only map. If you really want to make sure you stay on the hikes as suggested, get the 'official' map for the area and mark out the trail described in advance.
However, what this book offers is really a great way to discover DC and some surrounding areas. I actually love the idea that the writer uses the idea of 'hike' loosely, to include some areas that are urban, and even suggested paddles and bikes as part of the experience. Even on well-used trails like Rock Creek Park, the writer tends to lead you on some of the less-well-beaten side trails, with interesting descriptions of the flora and views.
It's true, as writers have said, that some additional info you might want is not in there, but in this day and age, don't you have the metro stops on your phone, anyway? And the thing about pets: pets rules in parks tend to change, sometimes quickly, so I'm not sure you would want that info in a book, you should probably plan to be looking up that info in a more current place, anyway. Still, I understand the gripes.
Finally, it's true some of the 'best known hikes" in the area aren't in the book. To which I say "exactly". Do you really need another mention of Old Rag? I think this book is a curated selection of hikes for all levels. I own about a dozen hiking books, 3 of which cover the same region as this book, but this one is still my favorite, I go to it time and time again and am never disappointed.
Hike # 56, Shenandoah River State Park, the Shenandoah river miss-labeled as the Potomac River.
Long story short: good for beginners/older folks/people new to the area...not so much for outdoorsy people who have lived in the DC area for a while.