- Series: State Hiking Series
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Falcon; 1st edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560445513
- ISBN-13: 978-1560445517
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hiking Alaska (State Hiking Series) Paperback – June 1, 1997
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Reviewer: A reader
This is probaly the best hiking book of any such types. truly informative. The pages seem to be made of a light density papyprus product...making it ideal for backpacking. The Author has truly captured the essense of hiking out in the Alaska Booneys.
An outstanding guide to the trails. Extremely accurate., August 21, 1998
Reviewer: A reader
We just used this book as a primary source on a recent trip to Southern Alaska. The book's description of hikes was extremely accurate and helpful. We particularly enjoyed the very accurate directions to trailheads and the elevation profiles, which gave a good sense of the hikes' difficulty. The book's focus on issues such as the clarity of trail markings and the variation in the hike experience during different times of the year gave the book extra value.
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Top Customer Reviews
This was a great book in its first edition, this second edition takes a good design and makes it near perfect. The hike maps are superb, most hikes have elevation profiles, great reviews as well as all the important info you could need - distances, fees, maps, difficulty ratings...
I've read a lot of Alaska hiking books and this one stands out as a state-wide guide for finding hikes to take. It is not the strongest guide to equipment or technique. But if you want a book to give you great suggestions for hikes, pick this one up.
Note: The book does NOT cover Denali, other than the few trails around the national park entrance.
A note of advice, especially to those visiting Alaska for the first time. Get this book and the almost indispensible Milepost. If you're visiting several areas of the state, Milepost will literally take you, mile by mile, to where you are going. Alaska has a ton of hidden treasures that you can easily drive right past without a guide to point them out. Milepost doesn't miss a thing! Order these 2 books. You'll be glad you did.
Littlepage opens the book with an introduction to the climate, wildlife, and hazards of hiking in Alaska. This section should be not overlooked, even by experienced hikers. Hiking in Alaska offers many opportunities for encounters with wildlife and variable weather conditions; smart travelers go prepared. The author then discusses his selection of hikes by region. This reviewer is most familiar with Southcentral Alaska and was very impressed at the author's picks, which really did run the gamut of easy to very strenuous and which captured some of the reviewer's favorite hikes.
The entry for each hike includes a summary, distances, special features, degree of difficulty, elevation change, best season, and where to get detailed maps. The entries have a sketch map of the route and an elevation change guide, and sometimes pictures. Again, in this reviewer's experience, the entries are accurate and worthwhile. Readers are recommended to seek local maps before venturing deep into unfamiliar terrain. Unlike heavily-used parks in the lower '48, hikers in Alaska may be required to do some of their own route-finding.
"Hiking Alaska" is very highly recommended as an excellent introduction to the walking, hiking, and trekking possibilities in the state.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are 2 versions of this book. I thought only the covers were different, but this one is the older version. Read morePublished 18 days ago by BJU
I bought this as a gift for a couple who are planning an Alaska visit; it sure did looks useful. I can't give it 5 stars because I am not a final user. Read morePublished on August 14, 2014 by nancy g
A trail guide to a variety of hikes both day and multi day in alaska wish we'd had more time to do some of the multi days. Read morePublished on August 5, 2014 by HSHiker
Pending visit to Alaska, it appears to offer some basic information: hoping that Visitor's Center in Anchorage will be more fruitful.Published on April 18, 2014 by dennis
I have several Falcon guides and they're incredibly helpful and detailed. If I'm going to be hiking in a particular region or National Park my automatic thought is to get a Falcon... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Jordon
I have been on some of these trails and it was point on with everything in this book. I hope to have some more adventures with the help of this book.Published on July 2, 2013 by The Alaskan
I'm a born and raised Alaskan, who loves to hike 2-3 times a week and I am very satisfied with this hiking book. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Anacan