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!
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.