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Snowshoe Routes Washington Paperback – September 11, 2003
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"The must-have guide for Washington is Dan Nelson's Snowshoe Routes: Washington." -- Western Journey<br /><br />Beginners and advanced winter hikers will appreciate the detailed trail descriptions, photos, and personal narratives. -- Sports Etc.<br /><br />Nelson points out places where the beginner can get safely started while also detailing routes only the experienced should tread. --Sequim Gazette
About the Author
Dan A. Nelson is the former executive editor for the Washington Trails Association. A frequent contributor to The Seattle Times and to Backpacker magazine, he is the author of Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington and editor of Best Loop Hikes: Washington.
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1) the "maps" in the book are crap. Yes, hiking book maps aren't navigational, but I find them helpful to give me something to tie the trail description too, and its helpful when they include a landmark or trail detail that might not get caputured on a Green Trails map. Craig Romano's books exemplify this. This book's maps look like someone drew them on a cocktail napkin.
2) The trail ratings/grading system is oversimplified and not helpful: "easiest" "more difficult" "most diffilcult" and "backcountry". (How about 1-4, so I don't have to think?) Worse, lots of trails are helpfully labeled things like "easiest-backcountry".
To be fair, we've only used this guide exclusively for one trip--on other trips we had descriptions from friends or other resources to help. But, the trip we relied solely on this book was NOT AWESOME. The route description was out of date (we ran into a house!), there were snowmobiles where we were promised none, and the length was off. (I'm basing this on our GPS).
I'll give this book another try, taking everything in it with a grain of salt.
My only wish is that compared to recent guides, it's a bit outdated with hand-drawn maps and it could use a little bit better structure. Fortunately a lot of the content is up on wta.org, too!
Don't hesitate to buy this book if you're serious about snowshoeing in Washington -- it doesn't get much better!