Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge
"Most any avid Portland hiker would be happy to plunk down $18.95, toss the tote-friendly book into a day pack and hit the book's 100 trails.
Besides, Romano's has an expansive view of the gorge, all the way from Paradise Point State Park near Woodland, Wash., to Hat Rock State Park near Umatilla. And everything in between."
Day Hiking Central Cascades
"The bottom line about this trail guide: It’s new, it’s current, it’s packed with hikes within an hour’s drive of the Wenatchee Valley, it covers the community trails (e.g., Sage Hills, Saddlerock) many guidebooks ignore, it’s well researched and accurate, and there are useful topo maps for each hike." Read More
"Craig Romano is a guidebook writer whom I trust. I haven’t yet been disappointed with two other of his books, Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest and Day Hiking North Cascades." Read more
Western Washington Winter Hikes Card Deck is now available!
Check it out! Fifty snow free hikes from the Columbia River to the British Columbia Border presented in a friendly format. Just grab a laminated card and head out. Map on the opposite side to keep you on track! Fifty destinations to choose from including 13 hikes not found in the Day Hiking series. Who says you have to give up hiking in the dead of winter?
"I have seen a few card decks like this before, often for tourist destinations like San Francisco or New York City. The idea of using them for hiking guides had not occurred to me, but immediately, the convenience of the deck is obvious. It’s a lot easier to stash a single 4.5 x 6 inch card into a pocket than a whole trail book. Plus, on longer hikes, you’ll appreciate the weight you saved!"
With all the hiking guidebooks that already cover Western Washington, a new one needs a different twist to sell.
The latest “book” to appear actually has two unique features.
As its name clearly states, “Winter Hikes of Western Washington” only lists 50 hikes that can be done this time of year, at lower elevations. But a bigger departure from previous publications is that this one is printed on a deck of sturdy 4 by 6-inch cards, packed in a box.
So, today I offer Christmas gift ideas for those of us on a tight budget. This is for spouses, children and parents of sportsmen who want to give a practical, usable gift, but just don't have much to spend.
Pick a card and take a hike. Or cut the deck and see what comes up. It’s a trail guide in a deck of 4-by-6-inch cards
"There are many advantages to hiking these destinations, in addition to their lack of snow," Romano said. "Many of these trails are quite popular in the summer months. Some are downright crowded. But during the gray of winter they often lack a single human soul, allowing you to gain an entirely different experience."
Natural Skagit a journey from mountains to sea
Released November 2008
This new book designed to celebrate and help protect wildlife habitat and rural landscapes in Skagit County, Washington was launched to an excited crowd of over 300 at Skagit Gardens on November 13, 2008. Published by the Skagit Land Trust, the book was a major collaborative effort consisiting of eight main authors, several fact-checkers, scores of photographers and a dedicated steering commitee. Notables who participated in this beautiful coffee table book include Pulitzer winning journalist William Dietrich, Best-selling author Tom Robbins, and notable photographer Lee Mann. It was directed and edited by Patricia Chambers. I wrote the first chapter highlighting the region's peoples and history. All proceeds from this book go directly to the Skagit Land Trust for land aquisition and protection. You can purchase a book directly from the land trust.
Check out the winter 2009 issue of Adventures Northwest for my feature on hiking and mountain biking in the Wenatcheee Foothills.
In this issue of Washington Trails you can read my feature on hiking in some of Washington's hidden wilderness areas.