If you’ve got the itch to hike in America’s National Parks, then you’ll love this 385 page reference book – The National Parks Coast to Coast 100 Best Hikes. Written by Ted Alvarez, Backpacker Magazine’s Northwest Editor, the book will leave you salivating over the possibilities.

Inside look for detailed information on 100 of the best hikes in 44 US National Parks along with 100 maps, waypoints and directions for each hike in addition to lots of tips like How to Build a Never-fail Campfire and 5 Ways to Climb Higher. A personal touch is added with insider advice from interviews with numerous park rangers.

You might have a hard time deciding which park to explore first.

From Acadia National Park to Zion National Park, there is inspiration in spades, especially with numerous eye-catching two page photo spreads.

I had a detailed look at one of the parks I’d love to visit – North Cascades National Park in Washington

Three top hikes are suggested  – the Copper Ridge Loop, Cascade Pass to Sahale Glacier Camp and Easy Pass to Thunder Creek. Included in each write-up are photos, a map, detailed descriptions and then information on distance, time required, difficulty, contact information, the payoff for doing the hike, trailhead GPS and finding the trailhead. The waypoints and directions are provided for each hike. And at the start of each description a one line synopsis is provided to whet your appetite.

For the Copper Ridge Loop hike

Come for the sheer, glaciated peaks, but be mesmerized by rain-fed waterfalls that pour down on all sides along this week long trip.

For the Cascade Pass to Sahale Glacier Camp

Satisfy your wanderlust on this 5.4 miles out-and-back, which offers stop-and-gawk panoramas of the jagged Cascades blanketed by glaciers.

For Easy Pass to Thunder Creek 

This 25-mile point-to-point in North Cascades National Park weaves past electric wildflower displays and climbs to an airy, 6,525 foot alpine pass.

This is a book I can see myself going to as a reference for years to come. Pick a part of the US you want to visit, see what National Parks are nearby and then zero in on a hike or backpacking trip you’d love to do. I could plan my vacations for the next decade around this book!

Book Review & Giveaway: 100 Best Hikes - The National Parks Coast to Coast

If you’d like to be win a copy for yourself, please leave a comment on which US National Park you would most like to explore on foot. The contest is open until 6 PM Mountain Time on May 1, 2016. I’ll randomly choose a winner on Sunday night and notify via email. The winner has 24 hours to respond.

***Taryn is the winner. Thanks to all for entering.***

The book retails for $US 26 and can be purchased on Amazon.ca for $Cdn 30.59.

Leigh McAdam

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Join the discussion 14 Comments

  • Taryn says:

    I went to Yosemite for a few days last April. It was early season and there was still lots of snow in the high Sierras so we had to be content with day hikes around the valley. On our last day we drove up to Glacier Point to look out across the sea of granite mountain tops dusted with snow. I knew I had to come back to backpack in the High Sierra of Yosemite National Park. So that’s my pick.

  • Brenda says:

    I would LOVE to go back and explore Zion National Park some more!! B

  • L Turcotte says:

    That is funny that just before I saw your blog, I was checking out a National Parks map , and was taking note of which parks we have been to and which ones are left on our bucket list to visit/hike. We were just at the Arches in Utah last week on our way home to Alberta and enjoyed some wonderful hikes in the park. We hiked all winter in Arizona with the local hiking club and really enjoyed it. Hikers are such great people! Next year might be Yellowstone …….

  • Anne says:

    We’ve hiked across Canada but have just begun hiking in the US. Very difficult to chose just one National Park but I’d love to see Zion National Park.

  • Carol says:

    I would love to hike, mountain bike & sleep under the stars in Zion National Park. It just seems like an amazing place to wander thru & to reconnect with nature.

  • Dona Bailey says:

    I would love to hike in Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado on an early summer day.

  • Michelle Richardson says:

    THE US National Park I’d most like to explore on foot is Mt Zion in UTAH!

  • Josh says:

    I was just in Arizona at the Grand Canyon. I would LOVE to do a hike there one day (actually two days, one day is intense).

  • Kristen says:

    I want to go back to Yosemite. We visited in October 2014. The day we arrived a forest fire started and a firefighter died in a plane crash. It was tragic event and horrible. The valley was choked with smoke and so we had to leave.

    My 17 year old son and I had planned the trip after years of yearning to visit.

    We were so disappointed. We must return!

  • Ms Beyers says:

    Arches National Park at sunset is magical!!!! I would love to read this book and learn where next to go in the USA!

  • sher says:

    I would love to finally go to Glacier National Park

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