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Here you will find gathered in one place, the titles we have highlighted on various pages at Go Northwest! This page features books on Washington state activities and outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, golf, snow sports and more.
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Places: Washington: A Recreational Guide to Washington's Public Lands and
Historic Places for Birding, Hiking, Photography, Fishing, Hunting and
by John Kruse
Paperback, 509 pages; Kindle, 34,017 KB
He explains the geology, animal and plant life, and history of Washington's most-storied and scenic locales, including the best local lodging and amenities. Out-of-staters and Washington residents alike will find much of interest in this full-color guide.
Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans, 2nd Edition
by Bill Thorness
Paperback, 320 pages; Kindle, 35,468 KB
This Mountaineers book highlights 60 of the best routes with amazing scenery along with the Handy at a Glance chart including the routes features, difficulty level, length, elevation gain, time and points of interest.
Bike! Southwest Washington: A Guide to Trails and Adventure
by John Zilly
Paperback, 208 pages
This book has serious research, organization and useful trail maps and directions. Zilly possesses a flair for the written word not often found in such practical guides; he steers the cyclist through a variety of trail conditions and skill levels, highlighting gnarly terrain.
Birds of the Puget Sound Region Coast to Cascades
by Dennis Paulson, Bob Morse, Tom Aversa, Hal Opperman and Christina Dunchese Morse
Paperback, 28 pages
This is a pocket size guide with descriptions, similar species, habitat, behavior and photographs of birds in western Washington.
of Washington State
by Brian H. Bell and Gregory Kennedy
Paperback, 384 pages
This book has interesting facts and useful information such as illustrations and range maps plus notes covering habitat, nesting, feeding and similar species, a glossary of terms and separate indexes for scientific and common names.
Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands: Olympia to Port Angeles,
by Migael Scherer
Spiral-bound, 320 pages; Kindle 19,402 KB
This edition contains many color photographs, nautical chart segments along with information on weather, tides, currents, commercial traffic patterns, local history and attractions plus a larger size book with a lay-flat binding for easy use.
Rock - 160 Best Multipitch Climbs of All Grades
by Blake Herrington
Paperback, 272 pages
This book is full of information including details on routes, topos and stories of local climbers covering mountain and alpine routes in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and BC plus rock climbing in nearby towns.
Falcon Guide to the Mount Baker-Mount Shuksan Area (Exploring Series)
by Mike McQuaide
Paperback, 192 pages
Written by outdoor experts, this guide explores Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan and the surrounding area with detailed maps, facts about the area, routes, trail descriptions and more.
Climbs in the Cascades Volume II
by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield
Paperback, 336 pages; Kindle 16,348 KB
Features 100 routes, including top favorite sport and crag climbing areas. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, several with route overlays. Highlights fun, quality climbs for all skill levels.
Fisherman's Guide to Selected Lakes of South Central Washington
by John E. Moore
Paperback, 320 pages
This book provides detailed information on the lake and surrounding area, as well as directions and fishing tips. All lakes included in this book have been personally visited, photographed, and in most cases fished by the author.
Central Cascades Fishing Guide
by Dave Shorett
Paperback 96 pages
This guidebook coves over 25 streams and 200 rivers with in depth information on where and when to fish along with fishing techniques, access and hiking directions. Maps and photographs are also included.
River Maps & Fishing Guide
by Doug Rose
Paperback, 47 pages
Detailed maps covering over 1200 miles of river. Included for each river are the best seasons, species, available illustrated fishing methods, best flies and best gear for individual rivers and species, fly hatches, knots, launches, parks, number of hookups per year, size of runs, parks, services, guides.
in Washington, 19th Edition
by Daniel E. MacMillan
Paperback, 336 pages
Written by an avid golfer, this compact guide provides information on the Washington state golf courses including addresses, phone numbers, course ratings and detailed descriptions.
Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle: Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma
by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens
In addition to the Cascade Range and Puget Sound, this authoritative guide also leads to lesser-known destinations, including high bluffs and tide pools along the Pacific, abandoned mines and railways, and stands of old-growth forest inside the city limits.
Hike! Central Cascades, 3rd Edition: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a
by Mike McQuaide
Paperback, 304 pages; Kindle
Explore the best trails for day hikes in the Central Cascades. This guide details 69 hikes through forests, mountain vistas, waterfalls and alpine meadows. Each trail is rated and has a description. Topographical maps are included.
Hike! North Cascades, 3rd Edition: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day
by Mike McQuaide
Paperback, 240 pages; Kindle
Explore the scenic North Cascades National Park by hiking. This guide covers 59 hikes and rates each trail. Photographs, topographical maps and trail descriptions are all included.
Hiking: Central Cascades
by Craig Romano, Author and Alan Baue, Photographer
Paperback, 320 pages; Kindle 14,517 KB
This book includes 50% more hikes than other regional guidebooks and focuses on cream-of-the-crop trails in these areas. Compact in size, this is the most up-to-date guide for the area, organized along highways and other travel corridors, with an emphasis on trails that are 12 miles or less.
Hiking North Cascades
by Craig Romano
Paperback, 320 pages; Kindle, 32,451 KB
This guide covers the Bellingham area, Mt Baker, Highway 20 corridor, North Cascades National Park, Winthrop, Pasayten Wilderness area, parts of Glacier Peak Wilderness, and Mountain Loop Highway. Compact with a broad range of hiking options, this is the most up-to-date guide for the area, organized along highway and other travel corridors with an emphasis on trails that are 12 miles or less, round-trip.
Hiking, South Cascades
by Dan Nelson
Paperback, 384 pages; Kindle, 26,004 KB
This compact guide features over 100 day hikes with detailed information, charts, full-colored maps and historical highlights. Discover where to camp, extended routes and difficulty ratings on each hike.
the Columbia River Gorge: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking
Adventures (Regional Hiking Series), Third Edition
by Jim Yuskavitch
paperback, 264 pages
Learn about a wide array of hikes from easy to very difficult. Included are detailed trail descriptions, history, points of interest such as waterfalls and where the best campsites are located. Order now...
the Columbia River Gorge, 2nd Edition
by Russ Schneider
Features 50 hikes for all skill levels. Sample fifty hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. Discover waterfalls; take in vistas of one of the country's most dramatic rivers; stroll through old-growth forests or venture across high-desert plateaus. This guide points out the region's geological features, historical sites, trees, birds, flowers, and mammals.
the North Cascades, 2nd Edition
by Erik Molvar
Whether you want to explore the region's gateway - the broad, green Skagit River - or enjoy panoramic vistas such as those atop McGregor Mountain, this comprehensive guide is your passport to one of the most beautiful and truly wild reaches of North America describing 105 of the region's best and most varied hikes, from a few choice short excursions to a whole host of day trips and overnight treks.
Hiking Washington's Geology
by Scott Babcock, Robert J. Carson
May 2000, Mountaineers Books, Paperback, 224 pages, (guidebook)
Explores the dynamic geologic history of Washington's dramatic landscape, highlighting places that demonstrate why the region looks the way it does. Divides the state into eight geologic regions, each featuring 4 to 13 different hikes.
by Judy Bentley
October 2010, paperback, 304 pages
Each chapter begins with an overview of the region's history followed by individual trail narratives and historical highlights. Quotes from diaries, journals, letters, and reports, plus contemporary and historic photographs, describe sites and trails from Washington's past. Each trail description includes a map and directions.
Spotlight Washington's Northern Cascades Camping & Hiking
by Tom Stienstra and Scott Leonard
Paperback, 205 pages
This compact guide covers the region's camping and hiking sights with at-a-glance icons for the nearby activities. Hiking descriptions, easy-to-follow maps, and clear driving directions are included for each camp.
Trails Bellingham: Chuckanut Mountains, Western Washington, Skagit
by Craig Romano
This Mountaineers book focuses on the trails and parks in and around Bellingham, including the Chuckanut Mountains, Skagit Valley and Anacortes that are easily accessible by public transit or a short drive and do not require special gear.
The Backcountry Horseman's Guide to Washington
by John Wolcott, Roberta Wolcott
December 1995, Paperback, 200 pages
Covers 55 trails for horses, where to park your rig, preparing yourself and your horse for the rigors of backcountry riding, and equine first aid.
Routes Washington, 3rd Edition (Mountaineers Books)
by Can Nelson
September 1, 2015
Paperback, 272 pages; Kindle, 55,823 KB
This guide features 100 routes categorized in nine sections, and information on camping options, parking, dog-friendly routes and avalanche risk. Color photographs and at-a-glance icons are also included.
Outdoors: Washington Boating and Water Sports
by Terry Rudnick
Paperback, 500 pages
The premier access guide to Washington state's breathtaking waterways suggests hundreds of destinations for swimming, windsurfing, rafting, jet skiing, and more. It also has updated information on travel directions, access fees, facilities, boat rentals, and trip outfitters.
Washington: 100 Flatwater and Whitewater Routes in Washington State and the
by Rich Landers, Dan Hensen and Doug North
Paperback, 384 pages: Kindle, 39,967 KB
Detailed locator maps and instructions on safety are included, as well as appendices on equipment, map sources, and a useful route comparison chart. Paddling Washington covers water routes in western and eastern Washington, British Columbia, North Idaho, and Montana.
A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond
by Jim Whittaker, Tom Hornbein, Edward M. Kennedy, John Glenn (Foreword)
September 1999, Hardback, 272 pages, (autobiography)
The author, Jim Whittaker is a well known personality, especially within the mountaineering community. A mountain guide in the Pacific Northwest, the first American to summit Everest, and instrumental in the creation of local outdoor goods company REI.
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