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Recommondations on Backpacking/Hiking Guide Books for the Norhtwest

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by jhc5, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. jhc5

    jhc5 Seattle, WA Member

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    Hey guys. I've been looking for a book on Washington state (would also like Oregon and Idaho if available) that provides info on backcountry trails. Originally from California, my two favorite books were Sierra North (here), and Sierra South (here). These books provided detailed information on backcountry hikes and proved invaluable trip planning tools. They had permit instructions, suggestions of when to go, directions to the trialhead, description of the hike with pictures, campsite suggestions, and maybe most important, elevation profiles for the whole hike. Cool, I know :D.

    Does anybody know of similar books for the Northwest? What do you guys rely on?
     
  2. treemanx

    treemanx Spray, Or. Active Member

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    A favorite of mine is a book called "100 Classic Hikes in Oregon" by Douglas Lorain. You get the feeling while reading the preface that the guy is a bit of a hippy, but the info in the book is very good. It covers good day hikes and extended backpacking trip locations all over Oregon, with detailed information and maps for each.

    Ive also found that going to Ranger Stations for the area you want is an excellent place to find maps, info, and these kinds of books. I got the book I told you about above from the Zig Zag Ranger Station on Hwy 26 near Mt. Hood.
     
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  3. PeakResources

    PeakResources Portland (past) Colorado (now) Member

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  4. treemanx

    treemanx Spray, Or. Active Member

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    I would reccomend it, its a pretty good one.
     
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    CEF1959 Willamette Valley, Oregon New Member

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    I don't think you can beat the collection by William Sullivan. He's got a collection of trade paperbacks for the various areas of Oregon. The maps, directions, and mileages are all spot on. Really the gold standard on this.
     
  6. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The Sullivan series is by far the best. He has been doing outdoor writing for many years, he does the research himself and his books are easy to use. They are also more likely to be accurate.

    Not to say that others are not worthwhile, but all of his many books are.