• Just released! A Beautiful New Book of Breathtaking Trail Images

    Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest

    Get your copy of this gorgeous hardbound book published by Rizzoli New York. The photographs are by Bart Smith. I co-wrote the text with William L. Sullivan. And the Foreword was written by the honorable Daniel Evans.

    Learn More About This Gorgeous Publication Here!
    Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest
  • Now Available!

    New Urban Trails Books

    Hike, Run, Walk close to the city! The latest Urban Trails books--Eastside and Tacoma are now available! Start exploring Anderson Island, the Issaquah Alps, Snoqualmie Valley and a slew of vibrant communities from Lakewood to Redmond.

    Get Your Copies Today!
    New Urban Trails Books
  • Craig makes an appearance on SOS How to Survive

    Craig appears on an episode of SOS How to Survive

    I made an appearance on Season 2 Episode 4 of the Weather Channel's SOS How to Survive with Creek Stewart. Tune in to learn about edible berries in the Northwest and how to survive in the woods.

    Watch my segment here!
    Craig appears on an episode of SOS How to Survive
  • A Classic reworked! A Tribute to our Trails!

    100 Classic Hikes Washington

    100 Classic Hikes: Washington has been an iconic state trails guidebook for decades. Initially written by the godfathers of Washington guidebooks, Ira Spring and Harvey Manning, 100 Classics has been fully revised and updated by their spiritual godson, Craig Romano. Author of more than a dozen books on Washington hiking, Craig brings his own energy, passion, and expertise to this new edition that s every bit as gorgeous as its popular predecessor.

    Get Your Copy Today!
    100 Classic Hikes Washington
  • Listen to my interview on NPR affiliate KNKX

    Walking In The Wilderness, Leaving No Trace

    KNKX's Ed Ronco talked with Romano about hiking etiquette, both to be polite to other hikers, but also to preserve environmentally fragile areas.

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    Walking In The Wilderness, Leaving No Trace
  • Best Winter Hikes on King 5 Evening

    Catch my segment on King 5's Evening talking about the Best Winter Hikes in Western Washington.

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    Best Winter Hikes on King 5 Evening
  • Listen Now!

    Urban Trails, KNKX Interview

    KNKX's Geoffrey Redick interviewed me on the top of Mount Vernon's Little Mountain about the importance of Urban Trails.

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    Urban Trails, KNKX Interview
  • Romano Honored as a Literary Lion in 2019

    On March 16th, 2019 I was honored along with a group of other Northwest authors as a Literary Lion by the King County Library System Foundation. Along with sharing the stage with such notable writers as Jennifer Egan (Keynote Speaker) and Nancy Pearl (emcee); I signed lots of books, met lots of great people, and we raised nearly a half million dollars for literacy programs in King County!

    Learn more about the Gala and next year's event
    Romano Honored as a Literary Lion in 2019
  • Walk! Hike! Run! New Series!

    Urban Trails: Kitsap focuses on the trails, parks, and preserves within the urban and suburban areas around Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, and the Key and Kitsap peninsulas. You'll find trails to beaches, old growth forests, lakeshores, wildlife-rich wetlands, rolling hills, scenic vistas, meadows, historic sites, and vibrant communities. All of the routes here are designed to show you where you can go for a nice run, long walk, or quick hike right in your own backyard.

    Start exploring your backyard trails and parks!
    Walk! Hike! Run! New Series!
  • Check out my hard hitting column on conservation and trail issues.

    Read: Trail Tales in The Mountaineer magazine

    In every issue of the Mountaineer Magazine I discuss conservation, policy, and other trails related issues-and I'm not afraid to tackle the controversial ones, too. Give it a read!

    Read the magazine here and consider joining The Mountaineers
    Read: Trail Tales in The Mountaineer magazine
  • Urban Trails Olympia

    Urban Trails Olympia

    Explore Washington's Capital City! Start exploring trails in and around Washington's capital including the Capitol State Forest.

    Get your copy now!
    Urban Trails Olympia
  • Day Hiking Eastern WA

    The best day hikes in the Kettles-Selkirks, Columbia Plateau, Blue Mountains, and around Spokane.

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    Day Hiking Eastern WA
  • Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands!

    The most comprehensive hiking guide to the San Juan and Gulf Islands-it is also the only book to treat these two region as one! Start exploring the Salish Sea!

    Get Your Copy Now! 
    Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands!
  • Fox News Interview on Hiking

    Will the movie "Wild" be a boon to hiking? I weigh in with this interview and also share some of my favorite places to hike! (photo AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    Read the article here
    Fox News Interview on Hiking
  • THE NORTH CASCADES Finding Beauty And Renewal In The Wild Nearby

    Check out this new book by Pulitzer prize winning author William Dietrich. I contributed a section on hiking, camping, paddling, snowshoeing and more in the North Cascades.

    Get your book and start celebrating the North Cascades!
    THE NORTH CASCADES Finding Beauty And Renewal In The Wild Nearby
  • Have A Blast

    It's Here! The Most Comprehensive Guide ever published for the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument. 95 hikes including backpacking trips, summit climbs, and winter trails. Every trail in the National Monument and more!

    Get Your Copy Now!
    Have A Blast
  • Professional Hiker?

    Learn the scoop on what I do in this "investigative piece" by Tom Paulu of the Longview Daily News.

    Someone has to do it!
    Professional Hiker?
  • Scruffy Gray- Rest in Peace

    On February 19th, 2013, I had to say goodbye to the love of my life (after my wife). Rest in Peace sweet Scruffers. Hope there is lots of yogurt up there for you in Kitty Heaven.

    Remembering Scruffy Gray
    Scruffy Gray- Rest in Peace
  • Northwest On The Run

    Check out my regular feature, Northwest on the Run in Northwest Runner magazine. Since 1999 this feature has been helping runners find the best races, trails, running routes and other points of interest to runners and walkers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.

    Don't Miss an Issue!
    Northwest On The Run

Prolific Guidebook Author

IMG_5256I’m an award-winning guidebook author, outdoors writer and photographer, ardent conservationist, and Northwest trails and hiking expert. I hike, run, paddle, and bike and have written about these passions for more than two dozen publications, including; Seattle Met, Backpacker, Paddler, Northwest Runner, AMC Outdoors, Northwest Travel, and Outdoors NW. I write weekly content for Hikeoftheweek.com; and I am the author of more than 25 books; and I am currently working on  several new titles in The Mountaineers Books’ Urban Trails series. Still curious? Learn more –>117

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