Let’s Go Outdoors

Spring is sprung, friends, and if that means you’re looking to start hiking then we have guides to help you find trails. From urban hikes to nearby national parks, there’s a little something for everyone. Most of the guides below include information on length and difficulty of hikes, elevation gain, best seasons to hike each trail, tips for staying safe, and even assessments on how stunning the views are.

The Urban Trails series focuses on trails in or near urban areas, making it more feasible to take a few hours out of your day to get some hiking in. Check out installments for Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Olympia and more. This series includes information on whether trails are ADA-accessible or suitable for wheelchairs, and if they’re family-friendly.

Day Hike! Published by Sasquatch Books, gathers together trails that you can hike in a day within a specific region. We have updated, 2019 editions for the Central Cascades, North Cascades, Mount Rainier, Olympic Peninsula, and more. Or check out similar guides in Mountaineers Books’ Day Hiking series, which also includes notes on exceptional views, and whether trails are kid- and dog-friendly. And Falcon Guides include National Geographic maps and a note on trails particularly suited to “finding solitude.”

And of course, there are guides for specific interests and groups. Friends of man’s best friend, check out the Best Dog Hikes Washington. Parents, look into Best Hikes With Kids: Western Washington, and Oregon, too. If you’re an urban hiker who loves a dash of history, don’t miss David B. Williams Seattle Walks. For hikers who love a theme, try Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts by Amber Casali or Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest by Brandon Fralic.

If you don’t need a whole guidebook but just want a trail map, we’ve recently added new Green Trails and Custom Correct maps, available at the Central Library.

Happy hiking!
~ posted by Andrea G.

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